A little while ago, I noted how I rarely posted any songs by Willie Nelson as a solo artist here, instead featuring duets or collaborations.
Time to rectify that a little more with this absolute belter from 1974’s Phases and Stages album:
Willie Nelson – Bloody Mary Morning
Let’s be honest, we’ve all had mornings like that, right guys? Right…?
I’ve posted this one before, a long time ago, but there was a documentary on BBC4 on Friday night which reminded me how great and ground-breaking Charley Pride was back in his pomp.
This is perhaps his most famous song, and it’s a master-class of Country music misery and defiance, telling as it does the story of a guy losing a girl to what she thinks is a better life:
Charley Pride – Crystal Chandeliers
Time for something by The Gentle Giant of Country, the late, great Don Williams.
I’ve had this song knocking around my head all week, and I’m really not sure why.
This is actually a cover of a wonderful old R&B tune by Brook Benton. Don’s version is very different, and no less wonderful for it:
Don Williams – The Ties That Bind
Not a Country song this morning, so I look forward to the complaining comments.
Not that you have anything to complain about when I’m giving you instead one of the finest, most important folk records ever recorded instead.
My Dad owned this on 7″ when I was a kid. It was, I think, the first song I ever heard that made me actually think.
Pete Seeger – Little Boxes [Live]
Happy Father’s Day.
Back to one of my all-time Country heroes this morning, and to a song which popped up as a bonus track on the CD reissue of his Kristofferson album:
Kris Kristofferson – Come Sundown
Well, I suppose I’d better post something this morning, for no other reason than to prove I’m not suicidal.
Hungover, yes. Suicidal, no.
Jeannie C. Riley – Good Morning Country Rain
It’s may be a slightly odd comparison to draw, but when I hear this morning’s tune, I think of Tracey Thorn (of Everything But The Girl fame) singing in a Nashville accent.
That’s a compliment, by the way.
I’m sure you’ll tell me what you think:
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Good As Gold