I'm taking a break.
I'll be back in a month or so. Until then I’ll still be posting a few tracks over at Star Maker Machine and occasionally updating the sidebar here.
While I'm gone, you can check here for some great stuff on other blogs.
Now for the real purpose of this post: I love lists. I made one (below) and I want to see yours.
Please submit a ranked list of your top 10 favorite country artists/bands of all time. (Feel free to include explanations of your choices if you wish, or even an mp3 link, but all that's required is a ranked list.)
When the lists start coming in, the Classic Country Research Department here at STWOF will begin crunching the numbers. Then, after a month or so, I'll return with a highly entertaining and informative post about the results. It should be fun! And the more submissions the better, so let’s set a new record for the number of comments here.
Who’s eligible? Any country artist or band. (If in doubt, check AMG to see if the artist or band in question fits into any of these style categories. Feel free to include bluegrass, country-folk, country-rock, and alt-country performers. Note, however, that if you pick a performer who only occasionally dabbled in country styles, like Bob Dylan for instance, your vote should be based only on that artist’s country material. No extra credit for Like A Rolling Stone.)
I’m looking forward to reading your lists. Here’s mine (for the moment):
1. Hank Williams. No explanation necessary. He set the rules for all who followed.
Hank Williams – Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (buy album).
2. Tom T. Hall. A little high you say? Maybe. But this project is not about an objective view of accomplishments. It’s about individual favorites. Tom T. Hall’s funny and insightful songs really get me.
Tom T. Hall – The Year That Clayton Delaney Died (buy album).
3. George Jones. That voice. Nobody can deliver a country song like the possum.
George Jones - A Girl I Used To Know (buy album)
4. Merle Haggard. George had the voice. Merle had the attitude and he wrote a ton of brilliant country songs.
Merle Haggard – I Can't Hold Myself In Line (buy album).
5. Johnny Cash. The Man in Black might be the most enduring of the 1950's pop artists (including Elvis Presley). Cash made his name and his best material in 1950’s, but his legacy was sealed by the great work he did in the 1990’s. A true giant.
Johnny Cash – Drive On (buy album).
6. Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. No music makes me happier than western swing. Bob’s band wrote the book on that style.
Bob Wills – Bring It On Down To My House (buy album).
7. Gram Parsons. The kid with a big trust fund wasn’t the greatest live performer, but he was also an innovator and a great songwriter responsible for an impressive number of classic tunes in his short life.
Gram Parsons – Brass Buttons (buy album).
8. Townes Van Zandt. I’m a sucker for Texas-based songwriting geniuses.
John Hartford – Back In The Goodle Days (out of print)
10. Buck Owens. Love that Bakersfield sound.
Buck Owens – Act Naturally (buy album)
Some more contenders for my list: Patsy Cline, The Flatlanders, Lefty Frizzell, Jason & The Scorchers, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Monroe, Willie Nelson, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest Tubb
I'm looking forward to reading your top ten lists!