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Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:37 pm
 
c'mon guys, best country albums ever!!
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:38 pm
 
Hank Snow "Just Keep A Movin'" RCA Records 1955!
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:40 pm
 
Lucinda Williams "car wheels on a gravel road"
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:43 pm
 
Ramsay Midwood - Shoot Out at the OK Chinese Restaurant
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:45 pm
 
Gram Parsons - s/t & Grievous Angel are my favourites. I don't really know much about country music, though. Lucinda Williams is great.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:55 pm
 
Johnny Russell - Here Comes Johnny Russell

with a stand out track like "Our Marriage Was a Failure", you can't go wrong
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:55 pm
 
Johnny Russell - Here Comes Johnny Russell

with a stand out track like "Our Marriage Was a Failure", you can't go wrong
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:58 pm
 
both Willis Alan Ramsay and Bobby Charles are pretty cool too
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 8:59 pm
 
Jimmie Rodgers - Train Whistle Blues
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:03 pm
 
Marvin Rainwater - With a Heart With a Beat
This album is fantastic (reissued by Bear Family back in the 80's). "Down in the Cellar" is one of the most spooky and fucked up songs you will ever hear. The rest of the album is pretty great too.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:04 pm
 
Gary Stewart - Out of Hand
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:05 pm
 
Marvin Rainwater

I need to hear more from Mr. Rainwater. I just heard a track the other day called "Hot and Cold" that kocked my socks off. Is it on any of his LP collections? I know it was on an MGM 45, but it's prob. way expensive. I found a repro of it for $15.00. TOO MUCH!
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:07 pm
 
Willie Nelson- "Red Headed Stranger"
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:12 pm
 
any merle haggard and the stangers is great.
cash live at folsom
dolly parton -jolene
willie nelson- red headed stranger

everyone should have at least a greatest hits from
george jones
loretta lynn
jerry jeff walker
tammy wynette
david allen coe
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:13 pm
 
I just checked. "Hot and Cold" is on a Rainwater CD comp called Whole Lotta Woman (Bear Family) which has 26 of his best tracks. Doesn't appear to be readily available on vinyl though. Most of that old country stuff was compiled and recycled multiple times back in the day, so a vintage LP might have it. I've got a couple at home that I can check.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:15 pm
 
Thanks! I might actually shell out for the repro 45. That song is too good.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:16 pm
 
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:18 pm
 
Well, that didn't long for you Goners to compile.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:18 pm
 
Townes Van Zandt "Live at the Old Quarter"

Heartbreakingest record ever.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:19 pm
 
and dont forget Jon Wayne - Texas Funeral
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:22 pm
 
Thanks! I might actually shell out for the repro 45. That song is too good.
I tracked it down. Apparently it's on this comp if you can find it.

Bear Family BFX 15079 (lp) (Germany, 1982)
Rockin' Rollin' Rainwater / Marvin Rainwater
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:28 pm
 
Bear Family BFX 15079 (lp) (Germany, 1982)
Rockin' Rollin' Rainwater / Marvin Rainwater


I bet that's more expensive than the repro. It has more songs though...
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:34 pm
 
Check this out. Marvin was on WFMU back in 2002. Looks like a great show. They play the afformentioned "Down in the Cellar" at about the 28 minute mark, and then later a phone interview and a nice looking longer Rainwater set.
http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/4798
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:36 pm
 
Cash - Live at Folsum Prison
Cash - Live at San Quentin
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:47 pm
 
Nashville- Soundtrack
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:52 pm
 
Ray Price - Night Life
Buck Owens and His Buckaroos - Together Again/My Heart Skips a Beat
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 9:54 pm
 
Carter Family box set is really good
(this may be considered bluegrass to some, I still think it's country)
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:06 pm
 
George Jones - The Grand Ole Opry's Newest Star
George Jones - Sings the Songs of Leon Payne
George Jones - Anniversary
Blue Sky Boys
Johnny Paycheck - The Real Mr. Hearthache
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:16 pm
 
Tommy Collins - Words and Music Country Style
Tommy Collins - This is Tommy Collins
Merle Haggard - Serving 190 Proof
Merle Haggard - Back to the Barrooms
Lefty Frizzell - Look What Thoughts Will Do
Wynn Stewart - The Challenge Recordings
Roger Miller - The Return of
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:34 pm
 
i vote ...... red-headed stranger
or porter wagoner's- what aint to be, just might happen...for "rubber room" alone
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:47 pm
 
both Willis Alan Ramsay and Bobby Charles are pretty cool too
I love that Willis Alan Ramsay album, except for the muskrat song.

I concur with Red-headed Stranger, also David Allen Coe. "She Was Greener than the Grass We Laid On..."

My very first record was a Hank Snow record!
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:52 pm
 
I love that Willis Alan Ramsay album, except for the muskrat song.

yup me too.......thats the only song on there i can do without
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 10:58 pm | Edited by: Alisa
 
He played here a couple of years ago (ticket stub's still in my wallet!) and he was really good. I thought he was long dead or something, I don't think he performed for many years.
Those are great songs..."Northeast Texas Women"...
(didn't do the muskrat song!)
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 11:03 pm
 
Lefty Frizzell - Look What Thoughts Will Do
Stellar stuff.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 11:10 pm
 
check out Ramsay Midwood

he lives in austin and you can probably google him
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 11:11 pm
 
cough cough cough!

24 OF HANK WILLIAMS GREATEST HITS

i understand why you'd overlook it, as Hank's so far ahead of everything else it's not funny, but come on.
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 11:36 pm
 
Uh yeah. Hank Williams...
(Ice on the brain.)
Posted: Feb 17, 2006 11:38 pm
 
But how can you limit Hank to just one album. You've got to own his entire recorded output.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 12:04 am
 
wow ...i didn't even read the other posts...i can't believe hank wasn't listed. i will go to his grave tomorrow and spill a swill for my homey. or maybe i'll go get drunk at Kawliga. who knows...i wonder if he would've liked me. maybe we could've held hands and sang gay songs about spring break together on the banks of the tallapossa river. shut up chad you are a faggot. but but i'm listening to the black lips right now and sometimes it just makes me feel a little gay.
i better put on my DAC "motherfucker" record that i got in gretna for a used supersuckers cd. what a second. you didn't get that record in gretna...well i didn't but the schmuck that traded me did. DAC records #1 ....cuz if anything will shake the gay off it's DAC . who says we don't need them homosexuals
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 1:10 am
 
didja hear about willie nelson's gay cowboy song? for real?

perhaps ganja turns you that way.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 4:21 am
 
"Buck Owens sings Harlan Howard"
VG++ $30
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 9:32 am
 
Statler Brothers.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 4:12 pm
 
perhaps ganja turns you that way.

fuck
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 5:54 pm
 
Some of my favorites of the top of my head:

George Jones "The Mercury Years" Double Disc. We played this atleast once a day, sometimes twice on the Necessary Evils tour.

Jimmie Rodgers "On the Way Up, 1929" Rounder has a whole JR series and they're all good. This one is my favorite with "High Powered Mama", "Blue Yodel No.6", "Train Whistle Blues"...

Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys w/ the McKinney Sisters "The Tiffany Transcriptions" 1940's Western Swing with Andrew Sisters style female vocals. I've listened to this one to death..

Marty Robbins "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" Yeah, it's corny but I love it. Grady Martin's spanish guitar licks are beautiful.

Hank Williams "24 Greatests Hits" I can't listen to this anymore. I've played it literally hundreds of times. I've played to death.

Cliff Carlisle "A Country Legacy 1930-1939" 4 Disc set. This guy is as good as Jimmie Rodgers except he plays lap-slide/dobro. If you like Jimmie Rodgers then you'll really dig this guy. Incredible!

Well, I'm sure there are more.....
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 6:23 pm
 
"....'Down in the Cellar' is one of the most spooky and fucked up songs you will ever hear..."

This song is amazing. Cool guitar lick + great lyrics=great song
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 7:11 pm
 
porter wagoner - cold hard facts of life
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 7:15 pm
 
god less america
louvin bros - satan is real
buck owens' 1st
hazelwood - trouble is a lonesome town
twitty
webb pierce
hank snow
hank williams' gospel lp
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 7:39 pm
 
'Cold Hard Facts of Life'...best album cover ever.

Others I spin a lot...

Johnny Paycheck 'Lovin' Machine'.
Waylon Jennings 'Honky Tonk Heroes'
'Best of Moe Bandy- Vol.1' (1977, liner notes by Nick Tosches!)
'Intrumental Hits of Buck Owens & His Buckaroos'
George Jones (all 70's stuff)
Steve Earle 'Guitar Town', 'Train A Comin''.
Jerry Lee stuff on Smash, cheapo Pickwick comps from the late 60's.

Conway Twitty!!!
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 7:43 pm
 
Anybody seen any of the classics lately? (Hag, Coe, George Jones, etc..)

I saw Loretta Lynn last year at a Niagara Falls casino and it was great.
My buddy saw George Jones a few months ago and said it was the worst/depressing show he'd ever seen.
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 9:29 pm
 
buck owens - aint it amazing, gracie
hank - greatest hits
johnny cash - his double 'white album' (maybe called 'heart of johnny cash'?)
steve earle - guitar town
roger miller - hmmm, forget which one is my fave but it has 'the moon is high' on it
george jones - mercury years
International Submarine Band? Sweetheart of the Rodeo?
Posted: Feb 18, 2006 10:30 pm
 
<didja hear about willie nelson's gay cowboy song? for real?>

yeah it's great!!! it's called "cowboys are frequently, secretly fond of each other." ned sublette wrote it back in 1981.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 7:35 pm
 
"Georgia Hard" - Robbie Fulks, a recent favorite.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 7:42 pm
 
I mostly like Pre-War Country-Carter Family, Doc Boggs, Jimmie Rogers, though a lot of people consider that folk music.

Western Swing stuff is great-Bob Wills, Hank Thompson, Merle Travis

As far as the stuff you guys are talking about (mid-50's-around mid 70's) I like any classic LP by Jimmy Martin. So great. Most of the more famous guys are great from that era as well, Williams, Acuff, Cash, Jones, Owens, Haggard, Faron Young...I really like Stonewall Jackson too.

You really can't go wrong with any LP's by those guys from the 50's or 60's.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 8:04 pm
 
Six Pack To Go
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 9:49 pm
 
You really can't go wrong with any LP's by those guys from the 50's or 60's.
The main exception being those albums where some of the old timers re-record their old hits so they're more sanitized. There are tons of these, and unfortunately it can be quite hard to tell from the lack of credits on a lot of them.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 10:05 pm
 
How about a shout out to E.T.!!! Ernest Tubb is one of the earliest honky tonk heroes. If you haven't heard any of his stuff, you should pick up one of the comps that highlights his 1940s era stuff. Great piercing guitar lines and his classic nasal twang.

"Early Hits of The Texas Troubadour" looks like a good one.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 10:10 pm
 
Townes Van Zandt

anyone see that recent doc about him?
i missed it
sounded good though

oh and
there's too many great country records for me to choose the best
but i've been watching a lot of the re-runs of old
Wilburn Brothers on rfdtv
man is it great
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 10:18 pm | Edited by: I am the Arm
 
Marty Robbins "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs" Yeah, it's corny but I love it. Grady Martin's spanish guitar licks are beautiful.


There's nothing corny about Marty. I've been croonin' his shit for years. For best results add beer.
Posted: Feb 20, 2006 11:59 pm
 
Jerry Jeff Walker - Viva Terlingua or Ridin' High. (maybe not "best ever" but pretty good, plus I'm out the door to go see him play in a bit).
Posted: Feb 21, 2006 3:00 pm
 
How could I forget this?
Posted: Feb 22, 2006 4:51 am
 
Haven't seen the new Townes documentary... though "Heartworn Hoghways" is unbelievable.
Posted: Feb 22, 2006 6:13 am
 
Mel Tillis "Detroit City"
got that great twang in the open bars/
Posted: Feb 24, 2006 10:56 pm
 
How could I forget this?
Yikes. I'd tell him to stick to acting, but I wouldn't want that either.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 1:32 am | Edited by: leftpeg
 
Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys w/ the McKinney Sisters "The Tiffany Transcriptions" 1940's Western Swing with Andrew Sisters style female vocals. I've listened to this one to death..

All 10 volumes of this series are worthy of a spot in your collection. Great stuff recorded in San Francisco right after World War II when his group was based in Northern California. This is as good as western swing gets. The performances are live studio recordings of the band trotting out all their faves. They were having a great time, which can sometimes be evidenced by an obviously drunk Tommy Duncan slurring and forgetting his words. Seriously good shit.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 1:40 am | Edited by: Rachelandthecity
 
Maria McKee - You Gotta Sin To Get Saved
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 2:40 am
 
Maria McKee - You Gotta Sin To Get Saved

OK, this is weird. I've been humming the title track all day, and I haven't even heard it since my parents bought the record when it first came out, when I was a teenager.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 7:38 am
 
counrty always was a singles medium.....
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 8:20 am
 
GG Allin and the Criminal Quartet - Carnival of Excess
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 8:51 am
 
OK, this is weird. I've been humming the title track all day, and I haven't even heard it since my parents bought the record when it first came out, when I was a teenager.

It's good stuff.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 4:59 pm
 
maybe not some of the best in some peoples minds, but I like 'em alot:

Loretta Lynn - "Don't Come Homa A Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)
Dolly Parton - "Coat of Many Colors"
Louvin Brothers - Satan is Real
Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Hank Thompson - Six Pack to Go
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 5:13 pm
 
All ya stoopid Country music fans need to hear some punk rock!
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 6:45 pm
 
All ya stoopid Country music fans need to hear some punk rock!

I'm don't think it's a stretch to say that everyone on the Goner Board has heard some punk rock.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 7:24 pm
 
punk rock? what's that?
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 7:28 pm
 
Louvin Brothers - Satan is Real

Best/goofiest country album cover ever, too! The devil on the can of Underwood Deviled Ham is scarier than the one on that album.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 8:57 pm
 
I've invented a new genre that crosses Lil John with Hank Williams, Jr - It's called crunktry and it sounds like Bubba Sparxx.
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 8:59 pm
 
KRUNKTREE
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 10:08 pm
 
OK, here goes, in no particooler order...:

Phil Lee - Mighty King Of Love
George Jones - Cup of Loneliness and Most Billy Sherrill stuff
Roger Miller - Golden Hits
Gary Stewart - Out of Hand/Your Place or Mine
Waylon - Honky Tonk Heroes
Merle Haggard - take your pick
Dwight Yoakam - This Time
Charlie Rich - Greatest Hits (Epic)

you know the drill...
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 1:34 am
 
Shotgun Willie is one of my faves.
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 2:11 am
 
Rod Hart - CB Savage
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 5:08 am
 
The best country is the 60-70's trucker-centric country.
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 8:15 am
 
DILLARD & CLARK - Both Albums
DOUG SAHM & HIS QUINTET - Every Album
FLYING BURITTO BROTHERS - Gilded Palace Of Sin
BYRDS - Sweethearts
The HAZELWOOD I would consider "Country."
PETER GRUDZIEN - The Unicorn
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 2:33 pm
 
All Hail Doug Sahm!
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 3:21 pm
 
Ernest Tubb - "Thanks a Lot"
Any of my collection of Lefty Frizzell 78s.
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 3:46 pm
 
The Velvet Voice of Gentle Jim Reeves. None of you assholes have ever heard "Four Walls?"
Posted: Apr 13, 2006 4:00 pm
 
Rod Hart - CB Savage

That song is the best!! Another hokey country gem is Dee Mullins LP The Continuing Story of Harper Valley PTA..... "I Hear The Grass" and "Beer"...great tunes.
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