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Any Major Country History: A mix & a book

January 12th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments


Any Major Country Mix

It has been a couple of years now since brought my History of Country series under one roof, with a few edits, in an illustrated eBook (well, a booklet, really) in PDF format, titled A Brief History of Country. It seems like a good time to bump that link.

Please feel free to pass it on in good conscience or to link to it on your website: while I assert my copyright for the text, the eBook is completely free. The more people read it and, I hope, gain enough of an understanding of the genre so that they will never call it “Country & Western” again, or say “yee haw, pardner”, the more they will appreciate the wealth of country.

Download A Brief History of Country eBook


And to give you some music to go with that, here’s a compilation of some of my favourite songs from the 22-part series, one from each mix plus one to bring the set up to present times, with no claims to being representative of the development of country music. As always, timed to fit on a standard CD-R, includes covers, and same PW as every time.

1. Jimmie Rodgers – Brakeman’s Blues (Blue Yodel No.2) (1928)
2. Moonshine Kate – My Man’s A Jolly Railroad Man (1930)
3. Carter Family – Can The Circle Be Unbroken (By And By) (1935)
4. Uncle Dave Macon – All In Down And Out Blues (1937)
5. Al Dexter and his Troopers – Pistol Packin’ Mama (1943)
6. Hank Williams – Move It On Over (1947)
7. Eddie Kirk – Sugar Baby (1950)
8. T. Texas Tyler – Bumming Around (1953)
9. Johnny Cash – Hey Porter (1955)
10. Hank Locklin – Send Me The Pillow You Dream On (1958)
11. Skeeter Davis – Don’t Let Me Cross Over (1962)
12. Red Sovine – Phantom 309 (1967)
13. Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors (1971)
14. Faron Young – It’s Four In The Morning (1972)
15. Rusty Wier – Texas Morning (1974)
16. Emmylou Harris – Pancho & Lefty (1977)
17. Earl Thomas Conley – Holding Her And Loving You (1983)
18. Keith Whitley – I’m No Stranger To The Rain (1989)
19. Garth Brooks – Friends In Low Places (1990)
20. Lyle Lovett – Step Inside This House (1998)
21. Alison Krauss & Union Station – Restless (2004)
22. Tift Merritt – I Know What I’m Looking For Now (2008)
23. Kris Kristofferson – Feeling Mortal (2013)


 Click here for the complete History of Country series


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  1. halfhearteddude
    January 12th, 2015 at 05:31 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Guy
    January 12th, 2015 at 08:53 | #2

    Looking forward to both the book and the mix. Thank you dude!

  3. Bo
    January 12th, 2015 at 08:55 | #3

    Thanks a lot

  4. skafunk
    January 12th, 2015 at 11:53 | #4

    Many thanks for providing a new link for Vol 16 and the new mix.

    Great job

  5. JohnnyDiego
    January 12th, 2015 at 12:36 | #5

    Your History of Country series has been one of my favorites. After reading your eBook I re-tagged all of the country songs on iPod. No longer is there Country Western, Country Rock or Country Bop, etc. It’s all Country now.
    And I recommend the series to everyone. You outdid yourself on that one, Dude.

  6. ralphdibny
    January 13th, 2015 at 18:28 | #6

    Wow. I can’t wait to read/listen. Thank you.

  7. June 11th, 2015 at 18:20 | #7

    What a wonderful project! Thank you so much for the music. I just finished reading “In Tune: Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music” by Ben Wynne. Now with your extensive work I can listen and appreciate this special country music!

  8. halfhearteddude
    June 13th, 2015 at 11:56 | #8

    Oh, that book looks very interesting. I’ll have to find that.

  9. Bo
    January 22nd, 2017 at 14:01 | #9

    I have revisited A history of country music again. It is a wonderful collection. Since it ended in 2012, would it be possible to have a new mix covering 2013 – 2016?
    best regards

  10. halfhearteddude
    January 23rd, 2017 at 16:53 | #10

    Hmm, interesting thought.

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