A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Old Crow Medicine Show

When I was younger, I used to think you knew you were getting old when your favorite music was the stuff in the dollar an album rack with the skill saw slot cut into the cardboard album covers to prevent jacking up the retail price of discounted vinyl albums. Among those treasures I leaned to appreciate Lightnin' Hopkins, Freddy King and Memphis Slim.

I remember those days, when Country music was like a hidden cocaine habit, something you listened to behind closed doors, lest one of your sophisticated contemporaries hear it tickling eardrums and massaging your soul. It was a guilty pleasure, that you had to have lived a while, experienced a few heart aches, and faced the trials of life stone cold sober to understand. It was what one tweed jacketed intellectual and country music aficionado I knew called "the music of life."

Tonight, on the eve of Thanksgiving, with my son back at home, we stayed late into the night listening to each other's music. He has developed a fondness for a new breed of country music, one which I was oblivious to, as well as the likes of Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. I listened with skepticism at first, then I realized........ The stuff is good. The music of life continues to live.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That stuff is great.

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Jay said...

Xavier - Here's a clip of a guy named Joey Allcorn. He's a country singer, who does actual, real country music. He's not one of these new-country fakers.

The thing about Mr. Allcorn, is that he doesn't just play the old style of country, he's a student and fan of it. His depth of understanding of the various old-time artists is quite impressive.

The clip is only part of the song - it's kinda tough to find decent clips of his music on youtube. I heartily recommend checking out his album though if you're able.

And happy Thanksgiving!


8:00 AM  
OpenID westofthewest said...

Old Crow Medicine show! Reall good stuff they were sort of discovered by a duo you really should check out Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. I also suggest buying all the Buddy Miller albums on the now defunct Hightone label while you can still find them.

Some call this genre of music Americana some call it alt.country. Some of it is really good, some of it is total crap. For years the bible of this music was the magazine No Depression which now exists online only. http://www.nodepression.com/

9:31 AM  
Blogger the pistolero said...

And then of course, there's the great Merle Haggard. "Won't you, sing me back home, with a song I used to hear...make my old memories, come alive..."

9:45 AM  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Old Crowe Mdeicine show, awesome stuff. As is Gillian Welch, The Greencards, The Duhks, Cadillac Sky and on and on. Real Country/bluegrass is alive and well and in good hands with the likes of these.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

Happy Thanksgiving Xav!

8:47 PM  
Blogger FORGER said...

"I used to think you knew you were getting old when your favorite music was the stuff in the dollar an album rack..."

Another sign you're gettin' old is when you gotta card the kid at the check out that's selling you the liquor...

9:34 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Good stuff - love that music!

10:12 AM  
Blogger CounterClckWise said...

Old Crow Medicine Show is one of my new favorites. I love the way they meld the old with the new. Another good band to check out is The Be Good Tanyas, especially since you're a Loozana man.

2:17 PM  
Blogger mdmnm said...

The Be Good Tanyas, Neko Case, Brian Keane, Son Volt- lots of good stuff out there called "alt country".

2:00 PM  

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