What is country rock? It might be the laidback feel, steel pedal guitar, other “traditional” instruments, rockabilly or bluegrass rhythm, or vocal inflection. I like the country rock vibe, though I’m not a big bluegrass, rockabilly or roots fan. I enjoy the early Eagles brand of country rock, but not so much Poco’s early countrified … More Best songs of country-rock artists: Eagles, Poco, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Loggins & Messina, Marshall Tucker Band, Jimmy Buffett, John Denver
Seventy-year old John Mellencamp is still ticking and kicking. He’s usually in the news about who he is dating rather than his music, but he still has a loyal legion of fans. Cougar was a nickname he hated, a marketing decision to bypass using his last name, which didn’t sound like a pop star. John … More John “Don’t Call Me Cougar” Mellencamp: Strictly a One-Eyed Jack (Review)
These 50 year anniversaries are a bit depressing, how can so much time has passed? I was a teenager then, but not quite age legal to drive. The early 1970s was one of the most eclectic periods in music. The phrase, anything goes, could apply to what you heard in 1972. I am known as … More 1972: The Year in Music (50 Years Ago)
I did not really explore the Marshall Tucker Band until I was college in the mid 1970s, although I knew a few of their songs that got played on the radio, but there was more to this band than what disc jockeys offered. MTB did not fit into any singular category. They were country-rock, country, … More Marshall Tucker Band: Where We All Belong (1974)
Poco leader and guitarist suffered a fatal heart attack yesterday. He was 75 years old and was in the band for more than 50 years. Poco went through many iterations through the years with Rusty being the only original member to play the entire with every version. Rusty came close to retirement back in 2013, … More Rusty Young Remembered
The first four albums of the country-rock band, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, are each quite good and contain the group’s signature songs. Of these four albums, I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite, although I’ve narrowed it down to either of the first two albums. This was the early 1970s when country influence in the rock … More The Ozark Mountain Daredevils: Which Album?
Slow Turning is probably John Hiatt’s most accessible album. Hard to believe it is over 30 years old. Is Hiatt a folk singer, a pop singer, a blues singer, a country singer? He’s a bit of all of those styles. Hiatt wasn’t the first songwriter to blend styles, but he became one of the most … More John Hiatt: Slow Turning (1988)
For more than 40 years, Paul Cotton was the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for the country-rock band POCO. He joined after Jimmy Messina left the group in 1970, being recruited by POCO co-founder Richie Furay. After Furay left in 1974, Cotton’s role in the band grew as he became one of the main songwriters … More Paul Cotton
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