Thursday, November 26, 2015

Weekend Mix: Truckers Etc

This is me, performing as Baby Jesus, with my country rock band,The Crack, in Wilmington, North Carolina, during our 25 year reunion, December 2012. I'm singing the song I always sang, "You Don't Miss Your Water" as done by The Byrds with Gram Parsons on "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo".
That's how much I love this music.
I've been listening to this fantastic Bear Family collection since last spring. I whittled it down from 8 CD's to 150 songs. Old favorites, and many surprises by artists I know little or nothing about.

Gram Parsons graces the cover of all 5 volumes, and is represented by three different bands. The title is taken from his "Grievious Angel", and his spirit pervades. I've included a rarity. The 1966 B-side of a single by the International Submarine Band, a version of "Truck Driving Man".

I had a hard time choosing which Kris Kristopherson song, the powerful anti-war "Christian Soldier", or the hilarious "The Best of All Possible Worlds". I picked the latter and let Johnny Cash have the war song with his fairly obscure "Singing in Viet Nam Talking Blues". Both songs remind me why I hate "Faraway Eyes" so much.

I was surprised to realize The Monkees were country rock pioneers, contributing "What Am I Doing Hangin' Round", from 1967, preceding The Byrd's by a nose.

Gene Clark wrote some of that band's best songs. I think he's severely underated as both a singer and songwriter. "Through the Morning, Through the Night" by Dillard and Clark brings me to tears.

And the winners are:

1-Nashville Cats-The Lovin' Spoonful
2-Texas Me-Doug Sahm
3-Hot Rod Lincoln-Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
4-Henry- Pure Prairie League
5-Dallas-Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Flat Landers
6-You Just Can't Quit-Ricky Nelson, with James Burton
7-Truck Driving Man-International Submarine Band
8-Through the Morning, Through the Night-Dillard & Clark
9-Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy-Jonathan Edwards
10-What Am I Doing Hangin' Round-The Monkees
11-Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass-Buck Owens
12-Never Ending Song of Love-Delaney & Bonnie
13-Right Before My Eyes-Moby Grape
14-Hurry Up-Poco
15-Where I Lead Me-Townes Van Zandt
16-Bowling Green-Everly Brothers
17-The Country Boy-Rusty Kershaw
18-Walkin' Bum-David Allan Coe
19-Child's Claim to Fame-Buffalo Springfield
20-Crazy Mama-J J Cale
21-Tumbling Tumbleweeds-Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
22-The Best of All Possible Worlds-Kris Kristopherson
23-Crazy Arms, Crazy Eyes-Brave Belt
24-Ode to Billie-Nashville West-featuring Clarence White
25-Drug Store Truck Driving Man-The Byrds, written by Gram and Roger,featuring Clarence again
26-Singing in Viet Nam Talking Blues-Johnny Cash

My apologies. Mediafire again.

Have a great weekend!


Truckers, Etc


Anonymous said...

Ed the Three-Eyed Weasel -

Thank you for this Baby Jesus,
Thank You.

buzzbabyjesus said...

You're welcome!!

Anonymous said...

Baby Jesus you're all growed up. This is a treat; thanks. As a (Mc)Punk in the late 1970s in Austin we nonetheless made the trek out to Soap Creek Saloon on occasion just to hear stuff like this: same spirit, tons of fun, and you couldn't find a nicer bunch of folks; they were even polite when asking you to to pogo on the dance floor...

jeff said...

That Bear Family Collection might be my favorite of theirs. I play them all the time, so I know how hard it must have been to whittle down the list. great job.


BBJ -- This mix is great. Thank you so much!

"Ladies and Gentlemen ... Start Your Engines!"

Noam Sane said...

I have a deep love for this stuff, so this is extremely wonderful. Thanks.

zillagord said...

Thanks so much for this, great mix!

A walk in the woods said...

Nice... I don't have any of these songs. Thanks for the curated mix, BBJ!

Rob said...

Hey Buzz, a belated heartfelt thanks for putting this together - I really do enjoy this kind of music very much. Just in passing, I think it's sad that Gene Clark can still be described as underrated. I guess you and I know that he was touched by greatness, but why doesn't everyone?