Any takers for the 'live at Billy Bob's Texas' recommendation I made earlier, or is country music verboten on here?
Any particular artist you could recommend, Dave? There's some 45 of them on Spotify...
EDIT: I just started with Billy Joe Shaver. Never heard of him, but nice! I'll take them one at a time. Thanks for the tip!
when I was demoing hi fi, last year, i've demo Epos speakers with Creek amps and the guy that was doing the demo played a CD from Chris Jones Roadhouses & automobiles, he is a country music singer, i'm not to much in country, as it is not my cup of tea, but when i left the demo i went to buy the CD!
Chris Jones is a wonderfull artist and the cd is mastered suberbly!!! It is quite an acoustic performance with a great beeeeeep bass!
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Just played the Shelly Manne Blackhawk Dates Vol 1 while pottering around. Initial impressions are that it is a little 'lounge' for my current tastes.
I am pretty new to 'classic' jazz and I am currently listening mostly to be-bop and 'hard-bop', so you can probably see why. Won't be forgotten though, will be revisited as my taste broadens ( hopefully) .
Certainly not lounge, more bebop than hard bop.
Whatever you call it, it is a little 'laid back', for my taste at this time, then that is not exactly a surprise given my general preferences in rock and now jazz.
tThanks for the recommendation though, will certainly give it more of a go.
Yes its a bit laid-back, good for late night listening, but maybe Joe Lovano "Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard" would be more your thing.
Country music is like any other musical genre and obeys the 80-20 rule, ie only 20% of it is going to be worth your attention.
Just as blues is black American folk music, country is white American folk music and can be traced from it's roots via bluegrass and 'cowboy' music to the rubbish purveyed by mainstream Nashville, don't let that put you off.
Like blues, country is important in the way that it fuses with popular music, truly great bands like The Band and Grateful Dead would not have existed without country music, but then we would not have had the Eagles either so it is not all good!
Back on topic, the Live at Billy Bobs' series covers a fair range of country music, from the straight on bar room rock and roll of No Justice, the good time nonsense of Cross Canadian Ragweed to vintage 'outlaw' artists like Willie Nelson and Marty Robbins. It even includes some mainstream schlock to help you work out what is good and what isn't.
Oh, and the recordings and performances are usually pretty good too.
We do so many shows in a row,
And these towns all look the same,
We just pass the time in our hotel room
And wander 'round backstage,
Till the lights come up, and we hear that crowd,
And we remember why we came.
Not really into country music, don't like all that twang thing. I like some Alt country like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Calexico, Patty Griffin and Dolorean to name a few, also some bluegrass like Alison Krauss.
As for Chris Jones I would not really call him country. One review site called him a bit country. Yes I quite like it.
Thanks for the tip, Outlaw.
I just checked at bol.com (where I buy most of my CDs), and it sells there for €30.99. Would his music be on Spotify or sth? (Can't check myself; I' m at work ). Would like to taste before spending this kind of money on a CD.
He is on Spotify but not that album.
Here are some samples: http://www.elusivedisc.com/CHRIS-JONES-ROADHOUSES-AUTOMOBILES-CD/productinfo/SFCD6027/
Its on Amazon for about £13.
Alt country is the 'new' outlaw country but really it doesn't much matter what you call it. It's not difficult to tell good music from bad if you use your own criteria.
For example I consider good bar room rock and roll to be one of mankind's greatest achievements but I know that is a very personal view.
I like artists that bring 'something' to the music, can be anything really so for example I really love Muse, who shamelessly rip off everyone under the sun yet somehow make it all their own. In contrast I have no time for Alison Krause or Mary Chapin Carpenter invariably beautifully played and sung but to me quite pointless.
Then again I rather like Dido, so there is no logic to it at all.
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There is one in DISCOGS for 15,90€
Its a good album very well recorded and produced, believe B&W used it for their 800 series speaker demos.
It terms of simplicity and quality I think a personal music player and headphones is top of the pile.
I'm sure that qualifies as low-fi yet the resultant sound is anything but.
Cheers, BigH. The samples do give an impression of the style, and of the quality of the record. I like!
Gonna try Amazon!
It is a nice album all through, but my favouritnis "No Sanctuary Here" my god, it really test the bass in your speakers!!!!
Its a bit of an audiophile album, on a good system you can hear crickets on the title track.
yes you can, in "Roadhouses & Automobils" theres crickets in the begining and the end of the music!
For me is a must have album!
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