As you guys know I really enjoyed my country music course that I took and some time ago I wrote a post about my favourite musicians. I decided to also write a post which specifically was about the songs I truly enjoyed and some information about the song and why I loved it so much.
The Carter Family- No Depression
As you may know from my previous post The Carter Family is country music royalty and No Depression at least to me is one of the most beautiful, raw and real songs I have ever heard not only in country but in music in general. It was released during the Great Depression and I think it did a great job in describing what life in the 1930’s was like in the South for the working class.
After the 2003 incident The Dixie Chicks received an insane amount of hate even though they were just expressing their opinion and practicing their right to freedom of speech. This song was released to address this and to express their side of everything. I love that they refused to apologise and stayed strong.
Kitty Wells- It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
This song was among the first response songs ever written in country music. It was a time when honky tonks were popular and many men got drunk in these honky tonks and cheated on their wives. However, instead of taking responsibility for their actions the men often blamed the women at honky tonks who were referred to as honky tonk angels. Hank Williams song Wild Side Of Life in particular did this to which this song by Wells’ was released as a response.
Dolly Parton- 9 to 5
I mean it’s Dolly Parton of course she had to be on this list! This song in particular is such a perfect description of what blue collar work feels like for the proletariat that I was just obsessed with it. Of course, it helps that it’s also super catchy and fun to listen to!
Johnny Cash- Folsom Prison Blues
I love Johnny Cash and this song is probably one of my favourite songs by him. I think it’s amazing how much time he spent trying to reform prisons and that he even performed in prisons.
Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in reading a post will the full list of country songs I learnt in my class!
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I live in Tennessee which is pretty much the birthplace of Country music it is a important part of the culture and storytelling of a people. If you listen to classic country the tunes and artists you have mentioned you get what it’s all about. Country and blues are cousins in a way and both share the story of people who have experienced hard times and heart ache.
Yeah and the blues have been a huge influence for what eventually became country music and that’s what I think of as real country music- music about struggles, heartache and hard work. It’s sad that mainstream country that we hear today is losing that.
Of course she’s a classic!
What a great entry. I don’t think there’s another genre of music that has gone downhill nearly like country music in the last 25 years. The amazing sounds that came out of the early folk music of places like the Ozarks that morphed into country at the same time that rock was just starting to evolve out of the blues and other folk music of the deep south are among the best both genres can offer. You mentioned some greats, but toss in folks like Patsy Cline, Roger Miller, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn and others from that early 50s to late 70s era and you’re talking one of the best 30 year stretches of music. Thanks for sharing!
I agree country music has really gone downhill at least mainstream country. I’ve found alt.country is much more true to the country music roots but mainstream has just taken a horrible direction.
I was brought up on country music, it was my dad’s passion. I can’t remember some of the artists but he loved Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Cash, John Denver, Patsy Cline, Boxcar Willie to name a few.
On a tour of USA in 2016 I made a point of visiting Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry in honour of my dad. We played Country Roads at his funeral. Thank you for bringing back some memories
Thank you I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I would love to visit the Grande Ole Opry someday.
You should, it was awesome having a tour of the place. I even got to stand in the circle and pretend to sing haha
Wow that’s so cool I definitely go there!!
Very perfect post, I too also written a detail post on ”Benefits of music” in UC MEDIA.
I didn’t know existed a course just for country music ahahah crazy!
Yup it’s crazy and awesome!
Great stuff Pooj. Sounds like a brilliant course!!
I just love how open and diverse you are!
Thank you I try my best!
I liked the movie, “Walk the Line,” about Johnny Cash and June Carter. The best scene, to my way of thinking, is when Cash sings Folsom Prison to the record producer. He “becomes” Johnny Cash and just the expression on the producer’s face shows that he realizes Cash has a special gift.
I really want to watch that movie I’m sure it’s amazing!
best actress Oscar for Reese Witherspoon as June Carter
ah there are so many classics on this list. I feel like Country music gets a bad rap in North America, but I love the storytelling that goes behind many country songs. Johnny Cash was an incredibly talented man and Dolly Parton doesn’t get as much recognition as she should have for being a pioneering female musician in her time.
Yeah country music does get a bad rap but I guess if you listen to just mainstream country it does kind of suck and revolve around trucks, girls and beer but old school country like the people you mentioned as well as alt.country is actually really good!
lol I chuckled when I got to “trucks, girls, and beer” 😂😂😂
Lol that’s literally how my professor with a doctorate described it 😂
Love Johnny Cash!!!
Oh!! You got to love some good old country music. I absolutely adore Johnny Cash and his voice is so unique! I hoped he would be in this post the moment I saw the title.
Old school country is so amazing and I love Johnny Cash!
I love the older country music, from Doc Williams and the Carters through Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, Willie Nelson and that bunch! But I also loved the funny songs about life in general that country music had and rock never quite got the hang of. Like the one that goes “I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison.” Roger Miller had a lot of them, Loretta Lynn had a memorable one in which her husband was begging her to come back home and she wasn’t interested. There were so many back then. One course couldn’t cover everything but I bet it was never boring!
Ooh those songs sound interesting I’ll definitely check them out. I love how old school country had a story behind it even if it was a funny playful one. The class was the farthest from boring!
Super post. First got into country with Crystal Gayle and was fortunate to see her in concert. Love ‘I’ll Walk the Line’, ‘Deck of Cards’, ‘Crazy’. But am now very much into so-called contemporary country – Reba McIntyre, Pam Tillis, Carlene Carter, Sweethearts of the Rodeo. And of course my absolute favourite k.d. Lang who I saw last year. Glad you’re enjoying your courses.
Wow you are so lucky to have seen such amazing concerts! I love K.D Lang!
Dolly Parton – 9 to 5! My favorite!
Pooja, hi – it may have been mentioned on your course but did you know that kd lang was a backing singer for Roy Orbison? If not, check out when they sang ‘Crying’. Awesome. When I’m low the best medicine is watching kd singing Hallelujah at the Canadian Olympics Opening Ceremony. Absolutely can’t better it. Have a super day.
Thanks for that information I will definitely check that out!!
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Oh my goodness, I don’t recall the last time I heard Dixie Chicks’ Not Ready to Make Nice! I remember I would play this song on repeat during my angst-filled teenage years, haha! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
I’ve only started listening to it recently but I can totally see why it would be appealing as a teenager!
Still appealing now, to be honest. Not the songs sentiment, just the memories which are funny now 😅
Totally the memories make it even better!
I was happily amazed that a Country Music course was available at a University. As a once lead singer of my own touring country band (way back in the 80’s) it was nice to hear that the old songs from my past are still up for study. If you haven’t seen it yet may I suggest you see the latest Ken Burns (6 part?) documentary series “The History of Country Music.” I highly recommend it for those with interest.
If you want a more personal perspective from someone who has actually made a living touring with his own country band you could check out my experiences in an ongoing series on my blog called “Tales of a Road Band!” Either way, I enjoyed your post and am pleased that you found some new old-songs to enjoy, particularly since those are the songs that I grew up with. Keep posting about Country music and I’ll a’keep on reading them!
P.S. — Yes, I’d enjoy swapping favorite songs with you on a future post.
You were in a country band?? That’s amazing I would definitely love to hear more about your experiences!
Our professor told us about that documentary and I’m looking forward to it when I get some time!
Yes we definitely need to talk more about country music and perhaps do a collaboration post at some point if you would be interested in that!
I’m always happy to talk Country Music with those with similar interest PoojaG.
For my experiences as lead singer in an 80’s country band. See “Tales of a Road Band” (http://wordofwayne.com/tales-of-a-road-band/)
I’ll be sure to check it out!