Over the last year, due almost entirely to the podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones, I have found myself revisiting county music.
If you haven't listened, you should. I would start with the three part series on "Harper Valley PTA" or the episode on the Kershaw Brothers, especially if you love Neil Young (E-6 signal).
I preface with that as a way of saying for the best of 2021 I would have liked to post any number of the songs I discovered from that podcast. Maybe one day I can get a month to share some of these things. Then again I may get booed out by jobu if I try that.
Instead here is something from 2021 that makes me think of the best parts of classic country music with the best parts of today's music. This song is tragic and funny in a way that only country music can be. It feels like John Prine or Bobby Braddock could have written this song and no one would question it
Just great stuff. I hope you enjoyed.
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As is often the case, I got into Long Neck because other musicians I follow on Twitter talked them up. Their first record was great, and they just finished a crowdfunding campaign to buy their masters back for their new record from their awful old label. It’s one of the things I am most excited for this year.
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I probably listened to less new music this year than I ever have before. I'm going to try to remedy that some in 2018. But this is one I've been digging a lot. This version is kind of crazy... I mean, there's a tuba. But the song proper is awesome.
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