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Country Rock

Discussion in 'Country Music' started by gejobi, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. Magic

    Magic Woman of the World

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    yea, them too :)

    also you can add Poco, Doobie Brothers, CCR........
     
  2. LOU/REALM

    LOU/REALM Senior Member

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    Not my favourite kind of music, but I do own an album by SAILCAT. Check out the track" walking together backwards " the guitar work is outstanding
     
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    bobbyg29 Professor of Rock n Roll

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    My 2 cents on the genre...

    "Country rock" (literally a fusion of rock and country music) was invented by Gram Parsons who is by far the most significant figure in the genre. The first true country rock album was "Safe at Home" by the International Submarine Band (headed by Parsons) in 1968 which combined basic guitar rock with the pedal steel guitar. Parsons was obviously heavily influenced by Bob Dylan who tinkered with some of the same ideas on "John Wesley Harding" and "Nashville Skyline". He then went on to play with The Byrds and bring that influence to them--recording the single greatest country rock album IMO: "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". Parsons then went on to form the Flying Burrito Brothers with Chris Hillman from the Byrds, the first great true country rock band. After leaving the FBB, Parsons went solo and his primary partner was Emmylou Harris, who learned the craft from him and carried it on after his death (a very bizzare one indeed if you want to read that story). So you can see Parsons fingerprints are everywhere on "country rock", a genre title which incidentally he hated. He preferred to call his music "Cosmic American Music".

    Gram Parsons is one of the important figures in music history that most people have never heard of.

    Along with some of the other bands that have been mentioned, The New Riders of the Purple Sage (a spinoff from The Grateful Dead) was one of the first great country rock artists too.
     
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    flipflop Prisoner of rock'n'roll

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    Great underrated band - I saw the lead-guitarist live in January :D

    I'm a big country fan and a big country rock fan. Just as when it comes to blues it doesn't matter if it's amped up or not to me, I like it either way.
     
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    Groovy Man I'm Not Like Everybody Else

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    You can trace the origins of country rock to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash , Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and many others.

    Also, The Beatles too, if you think about it.

    ''I’ll Cry Instead'' (1964), Baby’s In Black (1964/65), What Goes On.(1966), all Lennon/McCartney songs, are considered some of the first country rock songs, by many.

    The Beatles also covered country songs, like ''Honey Don’t'' (Carl Perkins), ''Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby'' (Rex Griffin) and ''Act Naturally'' (Buck Owens) in the early days, and rocked them up a bit.

    I think The Buffalo Springfield and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band were one of the first rock bands to mix country and rock.

    Bob Dylan's in there too, mixing folk, country and rock.

    Also, believe it or not Mike Nesmith of the Monkees was incorporating country elements into Monkee songs. Not on many of the hits, but some country rock flavor can be found on some album tracks.

    The Byrds always had traces of country in their music, even before Gram Parsons joined in '68

    I agree what bobbyg about what he posted about Gram Parsons, The International Submarine Band and The Bryds being on the forefront of the country rock movement of the late 60's. Well said, by him.

    Here's a bunch of 60's & 70's country rockers, I listen to...

    Goose Creek Symphony
    Barefoot Jerry
    Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Gram Parsons
    Marshall Tucker Band
    Charlie Daniels Band
    Flying Burritos Brothers
    Pure Prairie League
    Dickey Betts and Great Southern
    Jackson Browne
    Little Feat
    Poco (Early Poco is great)
    Mason Proffit
    Lynyrd Skynyrd
    The Outlaws
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
    The Youngbloods
    The Byrds
    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks
    Michael Nesmith
    The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    The Eagles
    Linda Ronstadt
    The Band
    Levon Helm
    Brinsley Schwarz
    Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
    The International Submarine Band
    Neil Young
    Allman Brothers Band
    Buffalo Springfield
    Bob Dylan
    Townes Van Zandt
    Emmylou Harris

    Not all listed here are pure country rockers, but most are, and close enough.
     
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    bobbyg29 Professor of Rock n Roll

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    great list:grinthumb
     
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    annie metal maniac

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    Looks like there is nothing more to add.
     
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    LG Fade To Black

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    Good informative post BobbyG, love the genre title too..."Cosmic American Music"...sounds much better than Country Rock, even though that is the name I grew up associating with that unique hybrid of music.

    I have four Byrds albums but not the "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" one,,,I'll put it on my list.:grinthumb
     
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    One country rocker that is often forgotten is Michael Nesmith. After leaving The Monkees he picked up a backing band and did some 'cosmic cowboy' stuff for a while. It included the excellent steel guitarist Red Rhodes. Magnetic South, Loose Salute, And The Hits Just Keep On Coming, and Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash are all great albums, and conveniently available on two-pack re-releases. "And The Hits Just Keep On Coming" is particularly fascinating; he had lost his band and recorded with just guitar, vocals, and Red on steel.
     
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    OMG...this is great & comical stuff!!!

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    Michael Nesmith & The National Band "Calico Girlfriend"
     

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