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Old 02-01-2012, 01:41 AM   #51 (permalink)
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I had an early immersion in country music through my mother's collection of vinyls. It was the quality of the vocalists I loved most, rather than the subject matter which admittedly could be a little sappy. The standout singers for me were Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, and Charley Pride.



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Old 02-10-2012, 05:30 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Gotta have love for Merle Haggard. Ramblin fever is up there with my favorites.. but Marty Robbins has that classic voice that you want to hear on a jukebox in an old bar somewhere, after a few shots.

Big fan of Hank Williams.

You say the subject matter is sappy but really.. it was, hell still is, real life. Just the way things were and are, and they tell it straight, without all the metaphors and analogy. Speaks straight to the heart, don't need the head. Tends to turn some people off, when they can't see themselves in the narrators shoes right away. But we all go through what they sung about, one way or another.

of course, you could skip the lyrics all together and go straight to the pickers.. merle travis was a helluva man!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:33 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Hi, GemsOnVHS. Hope no offense was taken due to my "sappy" comment. I was thinking of extreme examples of mawkishness in country music, not the selections I posted above (or anyone else's selections in this thread). I think my mother's collection may have included a few too many Porter & Dolly duets.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:59 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:40 AM   #55 (permalink)
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Johnny Cash, without a doubt. I would have to say I enjoy Willie Nelson as well.

Favorite Cash Album: "At Folsom Prison"
Favorite Nelson Album: "Stardust"
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:14 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Haven't seen Glen Campbell in there yet!!! "Wichita Lineman" = best.



And John Denver is amazing.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:22 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Geroge Jones... Uhm, if you're asking older than that, The Carter Family and The Delmore Brothers. Thats really about as old as it gets LOL.

Would you consider outlaw country "old". Term is too subjective, but I can listen to guys like Hank Sr., Waylon and Cash for hours and hours.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:46 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Hank Williams is a favorite. However I remember Marty Robbins Big Iron was what caused me to love country music growing up.
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Old 05-02-2015, 11:46 AM   #59 (permalink)
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