I grew up listening to a little bit of Old School country in our house. Once again, this would be Mom’s fault, because she fell in love with Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. We listened to their music, and even watched any movies they made. I, of course, always had to be extra in all things, so at some point, I branched away from my Mom’s tastes, going on to explore Country artists, like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, and then eventually to the new stuff that came out in the 80’s like Dwight Yoakam, and Lyle Lovett.
I haven’t gotten away from listening to Country music, though. Now, I’m listening to fusion styles, like Gangstagrass, and Hick-hop.
Streets of Bakersfield – Dwight Yoakam
I was a huge Dwight Yoakam fan when I was in college. I always take a little time to listen to a few of his songs, that I’ve added to my phone’s playlist. I was inspired to make this post after spending most of Saturday evening listening to some of Yoakam’s old hits on Youtube.
The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
I don’t think y’all understand how excited I was to hear this song in the new trailer for Army of the Dead. I learned all the words to this as a kid, and even watched the movie franchise. I loved his music from a visual standpoint. I could imagine being one of the people in his songs.
Jace Everett – Bad Things
Remember the show True Blood. It was one of those things like Game of Thrones, that was really huge when it was airing, but people immediately stopped talking about, once it was off the air. What’s up with that? Well, I loved the show’s opening theme.
Chris Isaak – Wicked Game
I remember hearing this song in college, and watching the video. I hadn’t heard this one in a really long time, but Saturday, I was going through Country music songs on Youtube, and was reminded of how much I liked this, when it was released.
Johnny Cash – Hurt
One of Cash’s last songs. I’ve always had tremendous respect for this man, especially after reading up on his career. He was an incredible man, and a magnificent artist. This is the song that aired in Logan, the movie featuring Wolverine’s swan song, and it was such an incredibly appropriate for that character, and fits both him and Cash perfectly.
Patsy Cline – Crazy
I “discovered” Patsy in college, and I just fell in love with her voice, which was so smooth and soothing. It also doesn’t hurt that she happens to sing in my musical range.
Urban Country – Gonna Need A Grave
These guys I just discovered, although I suspect they’ve been around for a minute. They heavily remind me of Gangstagrass.
Gangstagrass – Long Hard Times To Come
These guys I discovered when I was looking around for the theme song to the TV series Justified. All of their music is this good!
Teddy Swims – I Can’t Make You Love Me
I’ve always loved this song. It’s a great song to cry to, and everyone has done a cover of it, but Teddy hits this one out of the park. I had never heard of him before, so this unexpectedly soulful, and sweet, performance really surprised me.
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
I feel like people forgot that Tracy ever existed. She was awesome. She was doing some really groundbreaking stuff, in the 90s, and I just think Black people need to get back to her, and listen with fresh ears, and get her name back out there.