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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tlsmack, Dec 19, 2018.
Is that Chrissie Hynde playing piano, I believe they do know each other...
I like it.
Hearing what contemporary Country music has become, -aren’t these albums sitting right on the crossroads of what’s Americana too?
I kind of dig the Alt-Country stuff musically...but a lot of it so dang DEPRESSING! Makes me want to slit my wrist with an E string and leap to my demise off of my tweed amp. No thanks. I have too much joy for that these days. Give me some rockabilly, surf, gospel or throwback honky tonk (Derailers come to mind, for one; Dale Watson, Bill Kirchen, Junior Brown...plenty of HAPPY Americana out there).
...but how about those Soggy Bottom Boys?
'I am a man of constant sorrow' sure has some depressing lyrics, but gets you in a good mood right..
I was just thinking that the Jayhawks should be included in this thread and here they are backing up Ray Davies.
Wiki sez that is Karen Grotberg.
I love me some Ray Davies and Kinks, but Ray's recent output doesn't grab me. That particular tune is IMO very sappy with derivative lyrics... I bailed out. Different strokes! No skin off me, if ya dig it.
I don't obsess over drawing lines on what used to be called Cosmic American Music (Gram Parsons' term)... I just know I like it. I've used the term Americana, when cornered into describing what I listen to / play. <shrug> But that only confuses people who mostly listen to Z-ROCK, and radio sports announcers...
Some years ago, I coined my own definition of Americana .... at least the singer / songwriter end of it... e.g. Ray Lamontagne, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Jason Isbell... by delineating the difference between it, and modern folk music: Folkies drink coffee, and are serious about it... Americana artists still drink beer, or maybe puff a little weed now and then. There are exceptions of course. (RWH and Jason are both sober now, etc.)
But it's a definition that annoys people. So I'm sticking with it.
Ya Beach Bob, i get asked alot "what kind of music do you play?" When you say alt-country, people tend to hear "country". When you say "americana" people don't tend to know what this means... I lately answer "roots" music, which really confuses most people, but i use a simple description of a trainwreck of country, blues, and rock'n'roll. Not sure what this has to do with hat size however...
I was thinking about him and Ramblin' Jack Elliot.
Everyone still seems to Americana is traditional country but it's really not. I mean, some traditional country could fall under the Americana umbrella but it really needs to have that folk/bluegrass/roots rock going on.
Another one I've been thinking about is the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Bluegrass, on the other hand, always puts me in a good mood...especially bluegrass gospel!
I’ve always imagined that these types of concert with bands playing Bajos, washboard Rhythm Board and singing harmonies create really happy crowds.
Apart from getting images of 'The Dude' lying on his rug with a Walkman in The Big Lebowski' [emoji41]
What kind of genre would you say this is..?
(Looking apart from this band’s other stuff.) I’m not into blues, but this is a cool song.
I love that album, I saw them play a couple times in Madison, Wi. Great show.
Ray is being backed up by the Jayhawks.
Americana tends to have an emphasis on musicality. I would add it's a move away from the glitz and glam of Top 40 country music.
However its still kinda commercial.
I have a nephew who, 25 or so years ago, really liked "Alternative" music.
I once said to him, "As soon as give it a label for marketing purposes, it's not really 'Alternative,' is it?"
The genre of mimicking the Dead. Trust fund hippie genre.
Like Hegels Dialectic, the argument against a thing (Antithesis) eventually gets absorbed by the original thing (Thesis) and they combine to make a new thing (Synthesis)...and the cycle repeats.
I believe Dave not so politely told Ray to get her off the stage once.