Rabz’ Radio Show May 2023 – Country and Western



As proudly declared by Bob of his eponymous Country Bunker to Jake and Elwood as the latter two search for gigs to raise some funds for the Penguin’s orphanage property tax bill. When you’re on a mission from God, all bets are off.  

Having said that, I am not a fan of this musical genre. In the US, it had its roots in the Southern States from around the (nineteen) twenties and was largely inspired by the travails experienced by rural and blue collar workers. In parallel to the Blues, the music featured down to earth bare bones instrumentation including banjos, fiddles, harmonica and various types of guitar. Just as Detroit would become the spiritual home of Motown, Tennessee would eventually be recognised as the spiritual home of C&W.

A healthy C&W scene has also been present in Oz for around the same period of time, where the music was informed and inspired by the massive, beautiful and often brutal and terrifying outback expanses traversed by various less than glamorous personages.

It has a long and proud tradition, citing such giants of Australian literature as Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson. Its most famous exponent is of course, the peerless Slim Dusty, who has rightfully earned his place as one of the most popular Ozzie musicians of all time.     

Anyway, here’s the two intro tracks – the second was arrived at after some recent “fluid” discussion with a fellow Cat commenter whose musical opinions I’ve always valued.

The Blues Brothers (masquerading as the Good Ol’ Boys), performing “Rawhide” at Bob’s Country Bunker:

“Take me Home, Country Roads”, as belted out by Merlin shortly before his untimely demise in “Kingsman – the Golden Circle”:

For WolfmanOz – in relation to the above song, the ship’s pilot and straw hat wearing good ol’ boy Tennessee in “Alien Covenant” name checks it when the crew are trying to decipher an unintelligible message beamed from (cue spooky music…) LV426.

Yee-ha! Let’s hear your favourite C&W ditties, Cats. You know you want to! 

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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 7:03 pm

We play both kinds of music at the Cat!

Blues Brothers is such a fine little movie. I loved the Penguin.

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:13 pm

OK then, let’s go ….

Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:16 pm

I like Adam Harvey who has a great sense of humour.

Satellite TV Blues

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 7:18 pm

Just when you think it’s all over it’s only begun.

Time of the Preacher in Edge of Darkness (1985)

Here’s the Willie Nelson single:

Time of the Preacher (1975)

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:19 pm

Just one more bluegrass number.

Pardon Me

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:21 pm

Now this is more like it:

Boys From The Bush

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 7:23 pm

I liked the second clip – I’ve never seen the film.

John Williamson is another Australian country legend. I also vaguely remember the Rantan Band, though cannot recall any of their songs.

Kasey Chambers has been a modern superstar, beginning in country, but also embracing other genres. Her distinctive nasal tone takes some getting used to, but she has produced some fine songwriting.

Slightly off-topic, but Kasey recently did an interesting banjo-lead cover of Eminem’s Lose Yourself.

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:28 pm

We must have some Shania Twain even though it sounds more like soft rock.

Man! I Feel Like A Woman

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 6, 2023 7:28 pm

My favourite C&W …
Sadly it is only the song, and not the monologue that explains how it is written.

https://youtu.be/kxY-ou9L_r8

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:29 pm

I like this one:

Redneck Woman

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:32 pm

Everybody has been zeroed out, somebody really doesn’t like country music.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 7:33 pm

Another awesome movie using C&W.

Sonny Rhodes – The Ballad Of Serenity (2002)

Johnny Rotten
May 6, 2023 7:34 pm

Carrie Fisher was so good in the Blues Brothers.

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 6, 2023 7:34 pm

Not really a fan of modern C&W but Hank Williams is pretty good: Cold, Cold Heart

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:35 pm

Muddy, you just reminded me about Kasey Chambers

Wheelbarrow

calli
calli
May 6, 2023 7:35 pm

Okay. Here’s Circuit Rider.

And a band most of you have probably never heard of.

Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:38 pm

Let’s have some Willie Nelson:

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 7:38 pm

roots …
banjo came with the Africans
harmonica came with ze Chermans
the fiddle has been around a long time
guitar and mandolin, Europe
stringed instruments are probably pre Holocene

it’s a melting pot

Johnny Rotten
May 6, 2023 7:39 pm
Crossie
Crossie
May 6, 2023 7:40 pm

How about Dwight Yoakam and Buck Owens?

Streets of Bakersfield

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 7:43 pm

Crossie,
I haven’t kept track of Kasey over the past ten years, but I liked her first four or five albums.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 7:43 pm

Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nails…

Johnny Cash – Hurt (2002)

Ok I should’ve put up a classic Johnny Cash not his cover of a rock anthem. Sue me.

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 7:43 pm

you Aussie, Charlie Fittler – Dying Breed

Johnny Rotten
May 6, 2023 7:44 pm

And, Aretha Franklin in………………………………….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTXszRHc0qs&t=70s

C.L.
C.L.
May 6, 2023 7:44 pm
MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 7:45 pm

*young

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 7:45 pm

Speaking of suing.

A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash (1969)

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 7:47 pm

Matt Joe Gow – Between Tonight & Tomorrow

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 7:47 pm

BofN: Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nails…

Yes. A fine cover. Surprising.

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2023 7:50 pm

Nancy and Lee:

Jackson

and

Summer Wine

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 6, 2023 7:50 pm
Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 7:51 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2023 7:53 pm

Maybe just marginally qualifies as C&W but I offer this in memory of a chap who passed away this week.
Mr Smith resolutely entertained the lager louts* of Melbourne at various pubs during the 1980’s.

* Some of whom were known to me.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 6, 2023 7:58 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbqGWTxwZEA

If you woke up Sunday morning “I beg your pardon, Miss, what was your name again?”

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:02 pm

calli says:
May 6, 2023 at 7:35 pm
Okay. Here’s Circuit Rider.

I’m a sucker for vocal harmonies.
Completely off topic, but I still recall the Melanesian choir from the soundtrack of the film The Thin Red Line. (The audio tracks only, come in the ‘extras’ section of the DVD). Sorry, back to the topic now …

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:05 pm

My apologies to the host for digressing, because the following is gospel rather than country, but if you enjoy vocal harmonies: Melanesian Choirs.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 8:05 pm

Okie funk

JJ Cale, what else can you say? C&W blues funk. Glorious.

J.J.Cale & Eric Clapton Ride the River (2005)

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:11 pm

From Sancho’s link above:
Like the tide, I’ll always roll out again.

Noice.

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 6, 2023 8:12 pm

a bit more JJ Cale to revive the soul

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 8:14 pm

Rabz thanks for posting that song- Clint looks so young! Gave me goosebumps.

eric hinton
eric hinton
May 6, 2023 8:15 pm

Kris Kristofferson

Sunday Morning Coming Down

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 8:16 pm

hmm … Rabz, no offense but, you gotta move outta the commercialized stuff.

listen for the figurative link between Tennesse Waltz and Tennessee Whiskey

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 8:16 pm
Alamak!
Alamak!
May 6, 2023 8:16 pm

Muddy> nice stuff from the pacific … reminds me a little of this beautiful version of a classic

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2023 8:19 pm

Rabzsays:

May 6, 2023 at 8:02 pm

I was born under a Wanderin’ Star, I tells ya … ?

Possibly the most tuneless voice in Christendom.
Flat as a shit-carter’s hat.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 8:19 pm

I was born under a Wanderin’ Star, I tells ya …

It’s a hanging day in Wolf City Wyoming!

You ought to see them from my side

The Ballad Of Cat Ballou (1965)

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:22 pm

Sancho: Is this Broderick Smith doing vocals for Chisel?

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:23 pm

Apologies. Just scrolled down the comments and found confirmation. As you were.

eric hinton
eric hinton
May 6, 2023 8:31 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 8:32 pm

Possibly the most tuneless voice in Christendom.
Flat as a shit-carter’s hat.

Well, there’s always Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time (1992)

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2023 8:34 pm

I am a lineman for the county

and here’s Glen with the great Roy Clark:

Ghost Riders in the Sky

eric hinton
eric hinton
May 6, 2023 8:38 pm

Apologies Zulu.

Merle Haggard

The Bottle Let Me Down

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 8:39 pm
Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 8:40 pm
Miltonf
Miltonf
May 6, 2023 8:44 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 8:47 pm

I’m edging away slightly. This one is allied to our theme, but a ballad not really country.
Vale Gordon Lightfoot who died this week.

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – Gordon Lightfoot (1976)

Gordon Lightfoot, “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” singer, dies at age 84 (2 May)

In memory also of SS Iron Knight, Iron Crown and Iron Chieftain sunk by Japanese submarines in 1942-3.

eric hinton
eric hinton
May 6, 2023 8:49 pm

John Norman

Wild Colonial Boy

(recorded in Michigan by Alan Lomax)

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 8:54 pm

I had a Noel Watson CD some years ago. An Aussie bloke with a deep voice, he didn’t stick to country tunes, but did have a decent set of pipes. Waltzing Matilda I guess is folk rather than country, but … you know. (Not great sound quality in this clip, but some familiar footy faces).

shatterzzz
May 6, 2023 8:57 pm

Can’t believe we’ve gone 67 comments and NO Conway Twitty ..!
https://youtu.be/jzBkoy9XX8k

shatterzzz
May 6, 2023 8:58 pm

Or George Jones ..!
https://youtu.be/VExw77xJsBQ

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 6, 2023 9:03 pm

Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town</a

That song was originally written about a Korean War veteran – “that crazy Asian war” – and there was a counterpart written from Ruby’s point of view.

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:03 pm

a Townes Van Zandt cover

nothin

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:08 pm

more Merle Haggard

Runaway Momma

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 6, 2023 9:10 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccnkfGSjm0

“Copperhead Road” with an extra verse.

Muddy
Muddy
May 6, 2023 9:11 pm

eric hinton says:
May 6, 2023 at 8:49 pm

Wow. That was an interesting listen. A relic of a past that some want all knowledge of incinerated.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 6, 2023 9:11 pm

Sancho: Is this Broderick Smith doing vocals for Chisel?

I don’t think so Muddy.
I think it might be Ian Moss.
Hard to tell.
Dimly lit video on my smudgy phone.

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:13 pm
MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:21 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 6, 2023 9:27 pm

South of the border.

Don’t Stray (Calexico, 1998)

MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:32 pm

love Calexico, BoN
that track is awesome

johanna
johanna
May 6, 2023 9:36 pm

The very best version of Ghost Riders, IMO, by Vaughn Monroe, seen here doing it live in 1965.

Steve Earle – Tecumseh Valley

duncanm
duncanm
May 6, 2023 9:38 pm
MatrixTransform
May 6, 2023 9:44 pm

Willie Nelson … Texas

forget Jazz

nobody does that mode, woven whimsically through Tex-Mex, that Willie does.

his effect is everywhere and across all genres

we’ll be sorry when he’s gone

Entropy
Entropy
May 6, 2023 10:56 pm

Since no one else has spoken of Slim Dusty
Redback on the toilet seat, which immortally sums up the trouble we have with climate change:

“Now just forget what’s on your mind and call a doctor please;
because I’ve got a feeling that your cure
is worse than the disease.”

Lights on the Hill, because.

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
May 6, 2023 11:40 pm

Gordon Parson and his good old pal

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
May 6, 2023 11:41 pm

Gordon Parson and his good old pal (second try)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZMt6w45U64

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
May 6, 2023 11:56 pm
WolfmanOz
May 7, 2023 3:39 am

Like you Rabz not really a fan of C&W but enjoyed your post and the comments.

For WolfmanOz – in relation to the above song, the ship’s pilot and straw hat wearing good ol’ boy Tennessee in “Alien Covenant” name checks it when the crew are trying to decipher an unintelligible message beamed from (cue spooky music…) LV426.

Never would have known that – not really a fan of Alien: Covenant, but great pick-up.

Tom
Tom
May 7, 2023 4:11 am

As a former Nashville resident, I thoroughly approve of this fred. Here, have some Western Swing.

duncanm
duncanm
May 7, 2023 7:50 am

Are we allowed to take a visit down the a narrow side-lane of bluegrass-influence?

The Dead South

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6-7gjgVg7E

Bear Necessities
Bear Necessities
May 7, 2023 8:34 am

6 days on the road

I’ve always like the Truckin side of Country. This song captures it precisely.

Tom
Tom
May 7, 2023 8:52 am

Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville is the home of country music in all of its variations which, on any given night, will include rocky stuff like this. Great spot!

MatrixTransform
May 7, 2023 12:07 pm

Willie Nelson – Night Life

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
May 7, 2023 12:31 pm

Marty Robbins. Gunfighter Ballads. My favourite is Big Iron but I like all of the tracks.

Bazinga
Bazinga
May 7, 2023 3:24 pm
Tom
Tom
May 7, 2023 3:52 pm

The 2006 Bob Dylan classic Modern Times is essentially a country album with standout tracks including Levee’s Gonna Break, Thunder On The Water and even the wistful Beyond The Horizon.

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 7, 2023 6:06 pm

Rabz> how about “blues for these times”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 7, 2023 7:42 pm

Thanks, Cats. It’s been a much more enjoyed thread than I expected.

Likewise Rabz. Thanks for your effort!

I walk the line!

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
May 7, 2023 8:43 pm

I just can’t do the link – I’m sorry
Jimmy buffet come Monday
Jim Croche I’ve got a name
Glen Campbell – Galveston
Eagles – take it easy
Lucinda Williams Drunken Angel
Rabz you understate the entire genre. It’s simple the individual, the solo rider, the space, the vastness and freedom of movement.
The dialogue of the songs are excellent

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 7, 2023 11:35 pm

Rabz> Spotify list of songs above (or versions that Spotify has)

duncanm
duncanm
May 8, 2023 8:11 am

Funk week?

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 8, 2023 12:25 pm

Was just thinking about a Blues thread. It is my favourite music, being an unrepentant romantic. Although many previous radio show threads have crossed into that territory.

For “these times” might be somewhat limiting yet somewhat interesting.

Fair point – getting into specific themes might limit discovery which is best part of the “radio” threads imho.

MatrixTransform
May 9, 2023 12:29 am
Alamak!
Alamak!
May 9, 2023 12:26 pm

added song above shared by Matrix to the Spotify list @ https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5aoUkxk3Jl1aMbycN62n8z?si=1737fdab42934725

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