Thursday, November 26, 2015
Weekend Mix: Truckers Etc
That's how much I love this music.
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
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!