I was surfing round iTunes earlier, picking up some random jams here and there that I hadn’t heard in a while, and I found myself searching for a lot of the old-ish country my parents used to listen to. Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Alabama – all stuff I was raised on. Luckily, my parents were confined to no single genre and I was raised with an appreciation for everything from Streisand to Cash to Joni Mitchell. For all they did wrong, that’s the one thing I’ve always been grateful to my parents for.
My friends are always amused/shocked to rifle through my music collection and see the old country lined up next to PJ Harvey, Snoop, Ozzy, Joan Baez, Aretha Franklin, Coltrane, Judas Priest, Courtney Love, et al. My theory has always been this – if it’s good, if it’s real, I’ll like it.
So my question is this: Country music is something that most people won’t admit to liking. I myself don’t have a taste for the newer country, which I call pop with a twang. But the old stuff? Oh, yeah!
I just downloaded the following tracks:
Ronnie Milsap: I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World
Charley Pride: Kiss an Angel Good Morning
Willie Nelson: You Were Always On My Mind
Alabama: Song of the South, High Cotton
Elvis [not country per se, I know]: Kentucky Rain
Dolly Parton: Here You Come Again, I Will Always Love You
Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire, Hurt [new, I know], I Walk The Line
June Carter Cash: Ring of Fire, I Used To Be Somebody
Kathy Mattea: Where Have You Been, Fort Worth
Good quality stuff. Anybody else with me?