Confession of a Blues Rocker

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  1. Guitaryellow

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    After 30 odd years of Blues, Rock and some Jazzy flavour I am now having an undeniable urge to play Country.
    Is this normal? Who do I listen to for transition, clean Country.
    In the UK Country is more than a minority as far as live performance goes.
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    Country is kind of a big category. From Jimmie Rogers to Patsy Cline, to Hank to Merle to Alabama to George Strait to Shania to Kieth Urban to Eric Church - flattop to banjos to piano to steel guitars to screaming tele's, take your pick. And I thought Country music was big in the UK? Or just in Ireland and Scotland?
     
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    I'm liking Johnny Hiland style, I live in the South with the biggest population, you won't see Country down here other than retired line dancing clubs, and definitely not on TV.
    There was an Irish TV show relegated to the Caravan channel, we are so different here in the UK.
     
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    Totally.(normal, that is)
    It's almost the natural order of things for us uh, more seasoned music lovers.
    It's all fun, and at the end of the day, it's all a form of pop music.
    Enjoy!
     
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    Dwight Yoakam (well, really Pete Anderson), Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Buck Owens . . .
     
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    Excellent thanks, I'll have a look at those.
     
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    Check out Billy Joe Shaver. His late son was an amazing player. I suggest his album, “Tramp on Your Street”. Real outlaw stuff.
     
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    What about skiffle? Not as popular as it used to be, but has elements of country, bluegrass, folk and 50s rock. Not modern country though.
     
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    Playing country is fun! Liking to do fun things is pretty normal. You're OK.
     
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    I play almost all country. I 'countrify' songs of other genres with good country guitar licks. You're from UK. That's where country music originated. Country was the music of the troubadours who went from village to village telling stories set to song. It came to the new world with the Scots-Irish where it morphed into bluegrass. Bluegrass became what many of us think of as country classics when modern instruments entered the mix. The artists already mentioned in this thread are a good starting point for the classics. Think also Don Rich, Buck Owens' guitarist and Chet Atkins for their guitar work. The Zack Brown Band is more modern but still country. Enter any name into your search engine followed by music video. You'll get lots of YouTube and VIMEO selections. You can listen for hours. Any of them will bring up similar artists. Search NCH software on the web. They have an excellent and inexpensive program that lets you rip the soundtracks from the videos. Their audio editor is freeware. Let this thread run a day and you'll get all the names you need for your search. Don't get stuck in time. There's more to country than just the classics. There's great stuff available now from country singer songwriters like Chris Stapleton and Zane Williams. They'll be classics one day. Have fun with the search. Learn finger style if you don't play that way now. This music can absorb you for the rest of your life. Do you have a Telecaster yet? You will!!!
     
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    Great post, a new chapter to my playing is starting and I'm loving it.
     
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    Yeah, check out Chris Stapleton!
     
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    Albert Lee. One of J Hiland's influences. A true country (English) boy.
     
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    Danny Gatton!
     
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    Can't be more of a minority than a southern blues player in NYC.
     
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    John 5 is overlooked many times and just thought of as a shredder. That guy has some amazing chicken picking skills and an undying love for the telecaster.
     
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    Check out the Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.
     
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    George Harrison played some great country licks! Enjoy dude!
     
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    The difference between "country" in the form of, say Bob Wills and jazz in the form of swing jazz band is not that wide, and Jr. Barnard sounds a LOT like Charlie Christian, but the difference in kind of cultural marketing is really wide. There are lots of good modern country performers, some already mentioned, but the production is blown up and overcompressed and it all sounds like classic rock with fiddles and cowboy hats.



    Anyway I'd start with

    Hank Williams Sr. Skip Jr altogether
    Ernest Tubb
    Hank Snow
    Ray Price
    Bob Wills

    Then

    Buck Owens
    Merle Haggard
    Charlie Rich
    George Jones

    That's the some highlights of two eras. There are plenty of other people

    The thing for me is that Country music starts in the swing beat. It shares that pulse and feel with jazz and R+B. And then, like rock music, it moves away from the swing feel and towards a straight feel. At that point the BS aspects of country overwhelm the core and it's all hat and no cattle, as they say.
     
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