SPOILER ALERT: Ole Merle is not very enthused by modern country music. It’s probably a pretty safe bet that the Big Man would hold a similar view, but you never know.
Despite diving into some of the Grateful Dead’s roots I haven’t delved too deeply into the classic country genre. My brother was visiting a few months ago and he had satellite radio in his truck. Now I too have satellite radio but it rarely moves off of the Grateful Dead station. As we were running some errands he had the classic country station on and I loved pretty much everything I heard: Merle Haggard, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and others of that ilk.
The one thing that stood out to me listening to this station was that almost immediately I got a much better idea of what “country blues” were. I’m not at the point where I can tell the difference between the blues stylings of the various Kings (B.B., Freddie, Albert). Most of my blues listening has been in the blues rock vein – Rory Gallagher, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, the original Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Therefore, it was quite refreshing to hear the country take on the blues. So any readers with recommendations for good, classic country music to check out feel free to leave suggestions here.