Yet another music recommend thread
July 10, 2010 12:08 AM Subscribe
Help me find more country songs with minimal production.
posted by nathancaswell to Media & Arts (24 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I like country songs that have very little production. The more production, the less I like it. So you can probably guess the major players... Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark. Outlaw country. I always liked Cash. I always liked Elvis. I like acoustic Dylan, but electric not so much. I can deal with a tinge of rockabilly and I can deal with a tinge of bluegrass but I can't get down with really folksy happy go lucky stuff. It needs to have a little bit of an edge. I already worked my way through everyone in Heartworn Highways. I have pretty much everything Steve Earle ever recorded and the overly produced stuff just kills me. Recent stuff like "Tennessee Blues" I'm into. "Mercenary Song" is one of the best tracks ever. "Elijah's church". I like some Hoyt Axton. I like lap steel. I like violin. Much more than that and I sort of lose interest. Drums don't really do it for me but I could get over it I guess. Drunk people with the weight of the world sitting around the fire drinking whiskey and playing the guitar. I'm not so into new music in this genre though if it's really, really good it can win me over. "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show I like but the rest of their stuff I don't dig. Some Gillian Welch songs are great. Some Loretta Lynn. I know Lucinda Williams was kicking around but everything I've tried was too produced. It can be women. Roscoe Holcomb. Certain Link Wray songs (Polydor years) I lose my shit over. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" was my favorite song for a long time. Country blues are good but I want to exhaust Country before I move to Delta Blues. I don't mind some stuff that's a little high concept. For the past year I've basically listened to Terry Allen exclusively. Juarez stands head and shoulders above the rest. No production. In my ideal world you'd turn me on to another Juarez, but I don't think that's gonna happen. Henry Flyntt is cool. I need lyrics though. I like stories.
So what else will I like? Maybe recommend specific songs to kick me off... if someone had recommended me the Steve Earle that sounds like The Boss I probably would have dismissed him. But I like Nebraska. You see what I mean... what do you have?