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Post by Andreas89 Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:06 am

So I've been having a great time with basically two typical American musical streams: southern rock (broadly speaking) and country.

Southern rock: I love the old Lynyrd Skynyrd stuff, I also love those olde ZZ Top albums and I recently started to dive into CCR partly because my mom used to love them. Maybe I misclassified these groups as a whole as southern rock, but they all have this down to earth USA feel to them which I find myself enjoying more and more. It's a bit of a daunting task to find out more of that 70s goodness, I kinda stopped after The Allman Brothers and Molly Hatchet (are those even representative?).

Country: to be quite honest my first country experience was the country radio station in GTA: San Andreas. I loved lots of the songs on there though, especially the Statler Brothers. And recently I found myself enjoying Gunfighter Ballads by Marty Robbins. But I'd like to know what the classic country singers/albums are, especially with male vocalists.

So since most of you are from the States, I was hoping that you could provide me with some tips or insights. I trust you guys more than articles by The Rolling Stone and all those other things I found when googling my questions.
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Post by Pethead Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:15 am

For country, you can’t go wrong with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willy Nelson, George Strait, and Randy Travis. I also recommend Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers since you liked The Statler Brothers.
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Post by L8T Mon Jul 18, 2022 12:35 pm

I have precious memories of sitting on the front porch of my grandmas house listening to Hank Williams Senior.  We were listening to this small record player in between us and when the record would get to the end she would say "Sugar, turn that record over".  

Hank Williams Senior doesn't have a ton of work cause he died young but I highly recommend it.  

I Love the old country, although the country of the 70's was very hit or miss for me.  

Guitar-wise, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins have very distinct styles that many of us who choose to abuse our fingers on a fret board "attempt" to emulate.   Razz

Doyle Dykes is a modern musician that plays in-the-style-of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.  He has a Youtube channel with his "Sunday String Along".....I just Love him and his testimony and he is a Freaking Freak that can just play like few others.  

Marty Stuart played with the old-school country stars, just like Doyle Dykes.  Marty and his band The Superlatives put a modern (electric) spin on what I consider Country music.  Marty got Kenny Vaughn to be a guitarist in his band.....Marty backed up Kenny on his LP......I LOVE that stuff!!....two Great guitarists in the same band enjoying each other.  That's the kind of stuff that hits me in the gut and makes me smile.  

Anyway, I have been binging Marty Stuart and The Superlatives stuff for the last year and enjoying it very much.

Yesterday, at work, a patient and I were listening to Charlie Pride.  I suggest you check him out.


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Post by Andreas89 Mon Jul 18, 2022 6:14 pm

Thanks guys, that helps a lot Smile
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Post by Andreas89 Tue Jul 19, 2022 1:16 am

OK I was in Berlin to pick up the passport of my youngest today at the Dutch embassy, and I bought a 2 CD compilation album by Hank Williams Senior, all gospel songs apparently.

Pethead's story about his grandma really struck a chord Razz And my wife seems to like it (it's playing right now).
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Post by alldatndensum Tue Jul 19, 2022 10:24 am

If you want real country music with a Christian message, not today's pop with a fiddle or a fake nasal twang, check out the online station HLE Radio.  They play a ton of artists that hold true to more traditional forms of country music and that shine brightly the name of Jesus.  This isn't regurgitated worship music with the country sound.  This isn't southern gospel with 4 guys and a piano player.  This is real country music that sings original songs about the Lord.

My brother is super picky about anything gospel related.  He loves this station and even has gotten their church service on there on Sundays being beamed around the world.  If he says it is really good, then I believe him. He can't stand most of what K-Love or other CCM stations play but loves HLE Radio.
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Post by Black Rider Tue Jul 19, 2022 10:25 am

I'd add Waylon Jennings for country, Marshall Tucker band for southern rock and Charlie Daniels for a mix of the two. Charlie became a believer and did a couple albums for the Christian market.
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Post by L8T Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:03 am

Yes definitely Marshall Tucker for some southern rock.
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Post by Andreas89 Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:48 pm

alldatndensum wrote:If you want real country music with a Christian message, not today's pop with a fiddle or a fake nasal twang, check out the online station HLE Radio.  They play a ton of artists that hold true to more traditional forms of country music and that shine brightly the name of Jesus.  This isn't regurgitated worship music with the country sound.  This isn't southern gospel with 4 guys and a piano player.  This is real country music that sings original songs about the Lord.

My brother is super picky about anything gospel related.  He loves this station and even has gotten their church service on there on Sundays being beamed around the world.  If he says it is really good, then I believe him. He can't stand most of what K-Love or other CCM stations play but loves HLE Radio.
You answered my follow-up question that I wanted to save for like six months later Razz Thanks a lot Very Happy
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Post by Constantine Wed Jul 27, 2022 8:43 am

Here are some more Southern rock classics to check out, from bands not mentioned yet:

The Outlaws - Green Grass & High Tides
The Outlaws - Ghost Riders In The Sky
The Outlaws - There Goes Another Love Song
Henry Paul Band - So Long
Henry Paul Band - Grey Ghost
Henry Paul Band - Crossfire
Rossington Collins Band - Don't Misunderstand Me
Rossington Collins Band - Prime Time
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Little Feat - Oh Atlanta
Blackfoot - Highway Song
Blackfoot - Train Train
Johnny Van Zant - Coming Home
Charlie Daniels Band - The South's Gonna Do It Again
Charlie Daniels Band - The Devil Went Down To Georgia


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Post by L8T Wed Jul 27, 2022 12:28 pm

^I had that Rossington Collins LP on cassette at one time.  There were several songs that I played over and over, including "Don't Misunderstand Me".... Cool
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Post by L8T Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:39 am

For your consideration, Bob Wills.

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Post by Andreas89 Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:54 pm

^That's got a nice vibe going on, thanks for the tip Smile
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Post by Andreas89 Thu Jul 28, 2022 11:14 pm

Constantine wrote:Here are some more Southern rock classics to check out, from bands not mentioned yet:
Great suggestions, especially Outlaws (LOVE those) and Blackfoot, thanks!
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Post by _wes Sun Jul 31, 2022 11:12 pm

Southern rock is a mix of blues & country, and jam band. The Allman Brothers is a great start - Eat a Peach, and Live at Fillmore East, then Brothers & Sisters and most of the catalog. Also may want to check out Blackberry Smoke. Not a bad song in the catalog and they often have country guests. Good stuff. Others: Black Crows, Gov’t Mule. Great genre with lots of great music!!
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Post by Black Rider Mon Aug 01, 2022 1:48 am


From All My Friends, a tribute to Greg Allman. The whole thing is worth a listen, especially when Vince Gill plays.
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Post by Theonymic Fri Aug 05, 2022 6:19 am

Pethead wrote:For country, you can’t go wrong with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Willy Nelson, George Strait, and Randy Travis. I also recommend Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers since you liked The Statler Brothers.
Don't forget Merle Haggard or The Highwaymen.

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