One of my biggest complains about music I don't like is that I have no place to listen to it in my life. This covers a lot of different things, and to be honest I never thought I'd have much use for Country music. Which is odd, considering I listen to Blues and Bluegrass probably once a day at least). But I've found that Country music is good in several instances for me.
1) Cooking. if you're taking the time to make yourself and loved one(s) an actual meal, put this on. It's almost tailor made to accompany simmering sauces, sizzling oil, and melting butter.
2) Drinking. I'm not talking about your nights out a tthe club. I don't mean telling your bartender to put this on. I'm speaking specifically of 2 scenarios. The first is in a filthy, smoky bar, surrounded by older men by themselves with a lot on their minds. In this case, there should be a jukebox with plenty of other Country music on there. The second, though, is that rare wonderful form of warm weather, outdoor drinking with friends, at a leisurely pace and with friends. ah yes. Clearly you can combine the above two activities. Maybe not barbecue music, but how about after the sun goes down, near a still-hot grill?
3) Long drives. This is a time-honored tradition. I just never understood why until recently.
Or play this while you're doing whatever you damn well want. I've been listening to these songs while I work with great results. I wouldn't recommend working out to this, or running, but anything that isn't strenuous should work. Anyway, here we are:
Rock, Flag & Eagle: Cotton's Second Wave of Country that doesn't suck.and yes, "The Pill" is about birth control. how progressive is that? Enjoy.
1. "Wild Side of Life" - Freddy Fender
2. "Rhythm & Booze" - Buck Owens
3. "Paths of Victory" - Anne Muray
4. Six Days on the Road" - Dave dudley
5. "Walkin' After Midnight" - Patsy Cline
6. "Big Train" - Conway Twitty
7. "Happiness of Having You" - Charley Pride
8. "I Don't Claim to Be an Angel" - Kitty Wells
9. "Shine On Ruby Mountain" - Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
10. "King of Fools" - Ed Brice
11. "The Pill" - Loretta Lynn
12. "Please Help Me I'm Falling" - Hank Locklin
13. "San Antonio Rose" - Boxcar Willie
14. "Linda On My Mind" - Conway Twitty
15. "Stand By Your Man" - Lynn Anderson
16. "In the Jailhouse Now" - Webb Pierce
17. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - Billie Jo Spears
18. "Cold Cold Heart" - Jerry Lee Lewis
19. "Girl Left Alone" - Dolly Parton
20. "Hungry for Love" - Patsy Cline
21. "Take My Hand Awhile" - Don Williams
22. "The Tennessee Waltz" - Patti Page
Running time: 53:33
Thanks to the venerable Paper for finding this clip on Youtube.