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You gotta have a fiddle in the band.

This is my latest weekly blog for DP&S.  Last week I said love gone wrong/cheating songs would be the topic for this week, but I've decided to hold that off for a week.

 

I started thinking the other day, and I realized that when most people think of Country music, they tend to only think of the great singers.  Outside of a couple, bands and duos are somewhat forgotten whendiscussing Contry music greats.

 

That's why I've decided to make this blog about the greatbands the Country music has to offer. 

 

Like every week, I'll post 7 songs, from 7 different bands.

 

I would love your feedback for this, and I hope you enjoy reading and listening.  If you didn't enjoy reading and listening, then I am deeply sorry, but I would still love your feedback saying you didn't like it.

 

Pretty much, I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment.

 

Let's get this thing started.

 

First up...

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band singing Fishin in the Dark

 Honestly, there were a few other sons by them I wanted to post, but unfortunately I couldn't find a good video where embedding wasn't disabled.  But, this is by far their most famous song, and a song that means a lot to me.  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is my favorite band of all time, any genre.  I would strongly suggest listening to other songs like "Modern Day Romance," "Workin Man," "Baby's Got a Hold on me," etc.

 

Next,

Alabama singing Tennesse River

Alabama is probably the most famous band in COuntry Music history.  You an't make a blog about Country music blogs without including them.  They have countless hits and great songs.  It was hard picking one song since they have so many, but Tennessee River is on of my favorte songs by them.

 

Next,

Confederate Railroad singing Jesus and Mama

To me, Confederate Railroad is one of the most underrated bands of all time.  Everybody knows their song, "Trashy Women," which was a gimmick song, but once you look past that you'll find some great music.  "Queen of Memphis," "Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Time," "Time Off for Bad Behavior," etc.  I'll admitashy Women" is a catchy song, and I do listen to it, but I do think it;s a shame that it is their most popular song and overshadows most of their best music.

 

Next,

The Oak Ridge Boys singing Dream On

First, I want to apologize for the weird video.  And, no this isn't the Aerosmith song.  The Oakridge Boys are one of the best bands in Country music history.  I don't remember the names, but the guy with the deep voice fits perfectly with the othr 3 members of the group.  There are severa great songs from them.  Check out, "Leavin Louisiana," "Gonna Take a Lot of River," "Ozark Mountain Jubilee," etc.

 

Next,

Little Texas singing First Time for Everything

 Little Texas didn't have many songs, and they really weren't together all that long, but they did turn out some good music.  They are famous for their song, "God Blessed Texas," which is a pretty good song.  You can find them today playing the night clubs.  "Kicka Little" is one of their best songs and I highly reccomend it.

 

Next,

The Highwaymen singing Highwayman

This is the best suprgroup of all time IMO.  Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson all together makes for some great music.  We're talking 4 of the original outlaws together. 

 

Last but not least,

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers singing I Wish You Were Someone I Loved

Listen to this song, and you'll notice right off the bat the excellent harmony this group possesses.  They were always overlooked by Alabama, The Oakridge Boys and the Statler Brothers, but to me they were right there with the first two mentioned, and a good bit ahead of Th Statlers(No offense to them, they were good, but not as good as the Gatlins). 

August 3, 2011  08:54 PM ET

Do you consider The Eagles to be country, UH? They lean pretty close if you ask me.

August 3, 2011  08:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Do you consider The Eagles to be country, UH? They lean pretty close if you ask me.

I consider them to be Country influenced Rock.

I'm a big fan of the Eagles though.

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August 4, 2011  12:37 AM ET

You can never go wrong with they Highwayman as individuals or any grouping. I can find something I like from the Gatlin Bros, Nitty Gritty and Oak Ridge.

August 4, 2011  03:34 AM ET

Speaking of Texas and Alabama...

August 4, 2011  03:37 AM ET

Well, pretty much just Texas.

August 4, 2011  03:44 AM ET

And Tennessee....


Good blog UH!

August 4, 2011  09:17 AM ET

good songs, outlaw.

August 4, 2011  11:19 AM ET

Thanks for listening everybody.

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August 4, 2011  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

cool for including danny shirley, great musician

Definitely.

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August 4, 2011  01:13 PM ET

Not a country music fan, but it's a nice idea for a blog

August 4, 2011  04:31 PM ET

Good songs and good theme. You're right, too much country music is centered on individual artists and not enough on bands.

August 4, 2011  05:25 PM ET

good going UH.....

August 5, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Speaking of fiddles; Asleep at The Wheel doing Bob Wills music is as good as it gets.

August 5, 2011  11:11 AM ET

Nice stuff, UH - hadn't thought of Confederate Railroad is a looooong time - thanks for bringing them back to my playlist! Maybe you can do Texas Swing in a later post?

 
August 5, 2011  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

Nice stuff, UH - hadn't thought of Confederate Railroad is a looooong time - thanks for bringing them back to my playlist! Maybe you can do Texas Swing in a later post?

Bob Wills is who inspired me to TRY and play the fiddle. I can definitely work in some Texas Swing.

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