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A History of Country Vol. 14: 1974-75

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Thanks in large part to country-influenced acts like The Byrds, The Grateful Dead and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, rock fans were starting to dig the country scene “” not Nashville”s crooners or John Denver, of course, but the Outlaws, Gram Parsons and some of the old pioneers.  Some of California rock”s great names had their roots in playing bluegrass; people like Eagles co-founder and Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon, the Grateful Dead”s Jerry Garcia and the singer-songwriter J.D. Souther, who wrote for the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, the Texan “Queen of Rock” who made her start as a country performer before going the folk-rock route (she would later return to country, particularly in her collaborations with Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton).

The convergence of rock and country found concrete expression on 17 March 1972 at a country festival in Dripping Springs, Texas. Long-haired rock people and tidy country fans “” spliffs and stetsons “” gathered to watch a bill that included the Outlaws-in-chief plus Tom T Hall as well as the classic artists Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter and Kitty Wells. Outlaw country crossed over to the rock market at the latest with the 1975 release of Willie Nelson”s Red Headed Stranger album. A year later, an album of older tracks by Jennings, Nelson, Tompall Glaser and Jessi Colter, was released as Wanted! The Outlaws. It became the first country album to sell more than a million. Jennings” subsequent Greatest Hits album topped that, going triple platinum. The Outlaws “” well, Jennings and Nelson “” and acts that followed the path of credibility they had beaten, such as Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash, were now mainstream, and many of the old guard disappeared.

Some of the old acts survived, if only for a while. Only a few, such as Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard, recorded into the new millennium. But new country-pop acts appeared, benefiting from the blurring between country, rock and pop; artists such as Crystal Gayle and Kenny Rogers (coming in from the cold). Their long-term impact would not be profound (has anyone listed Ronnie Milsap as an inspiration?), while Emmylou Harris became perhaps the most influential woman ever in country. A close collaborator with Parsons on his two solo albums before his death in 1974, Harris created a sub-genre of her own with her amalgamation of country-rock, bluegrass and honky tonk. Some important people emerged from Harris” band, chiefly singer-songwriters Rodney Crowell (who”d become Rosanne Cash”s husband) and Ricky Skaggs, who played a crucial role in 1980s country, and a clutch of future producers.

1. Charlie McCoy – Silver Thread & Golden Needle
2. Asleep At The Wheel – Ch’oo Choo Ch’ Boogie
3. Dolly Parton – I Will Always Love You
4. George Jones – The Grand Tour
5. Rusty Wier – Texas Morning
6. Gram Parsons – Hearts On Fire
7. Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge – Dakota (The Dancing Bear)
8. David Wills – There’s A Song On The Jukebox
9. Ronnie Milsap – Pure Love
10. B. J. Thomas – Hey Won’t You Play Another Done Somebody Wrong Song
11. Glen Campbell – Country Boy
12. Ed Bruce – Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
13. Waylon Jennings – Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
14. Tompall Glaser – I Can’t Remember
15. Jessi Colter – I’m Not Lisa
16. John Prine – He Was in Heaven Before He Died
17. Emmylou Harris – Sin City
18. Willie Nelson – Bandera
19. Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Amos Moses
20. Moe Bandy – Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life
21. Billie Jo Spears – Blanket On The Ground
22. Merle Haggard – The Roots Of My Raising
23. Gene Watson – Love In The Hot Afternoon
24. Michael Martin Murphey – Wildfire
25. T.G. Sheppard – Devil In The Bottle

(includes front and back covers. PW here)

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  1. lugworm
    November 30th, 2011 at 02:04 | #1

    Getting better all the time! Thank you so much.

  2. mrsandy
    November 30th, 2011 at 06:32 | #2

    For what it’s worth…It’s David Wills, not Wells.

  3. bostig
    November 30th, 2011 at 10:21 | #3

    You are amazing. A large thanks you

  4. November 30th, 2011 at 14:12 | #4

    Just curious: why did you do 1974 twice? Vol. 13 was 1972-74.

  5. sonic
    November 30th, 2011 at 16:00 | #5

    Another good job. But I am surprised you have Clarence Gatemouth Brown instead of Jerry Reed for “Amos Moses” song.

  6. Rick
    November 30th, 2011 at 20:05 | #6

    I kinda agree with sonic, not sure why you included Clarence Brown other than your fondness for soul music, & i’m kinda suprised you didnt save the Ed Bruce tune for a installment of “the originals”, but still a good mix Cheers

  7. mrsandydog
    November 30th, 2011 at 22:25 | #7

    I love the original “Amos Moses,” but it doesn’t fall into the timeframe of this collection — Amos Moses charted in 1970

  8. halfhearteddude
    November 30th, 2011 at 23:12 | #8

    I didn’t realise that it had charted earlier. It appeared on Brown 1975 album The Bogalusa Boogie Man , so I can tenuously justify inclusion on that count. The reason why I chose Brown ahead of Reed (whose She Got The Goldmine I sadly overlooked for this collection) is that Gatemouth is a bridge between country and blues, two genres that are so closely related. I think it’s important to call a country song country, as KK once said we must, even when it comes from another shelf in the record shop. Like some of the songs by people like Arthur Alexander, Brook Benton and Solomon Burke, I hear Amos Lee as a country number (much as I’d not be shy to stick some of Charlie Rich’s ’60s numbers into a soul history collection).

    Sadly, the lines between R&B/soul and country have been almost totally severed, with newer collaborations (such as that between Tim McGraw and Nelly) representing corporate expediency rather than a natural crossing of the lines.

    Good point, Rick, about keeping Ed Bruce for The Originals. But I did not think I’d ever get around to featuring it in the series, with a few hundred other songs competing for attention.

  9. December 1st, 2011 at 17:19 | #9

    This is great stuff. A minor quibble: Linda Ronstadt is from Arizona.

  10. Jay
    December 3rd, 2011 at 16:07 | #10

    An early Christmas present! I love these mixes. Thank you for such great work!

  11. jen.s
    December 4th, 2011 at 00:52 | #11

    I love this series and appreciate all of the work you put into it. I learn something new with every volume.

  12. lou
    July 5th, 2020 at 23:42 | #12

    rapidgator links don’t work

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