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Old 11-11-2007, 09:41 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I'm not a fan of mainstream country too much...I can take a little but then it all starts to sound the same. How 'bout some suggestions for something a little different? I loved Pat Green until he went Hollywood. Some favs are Radney Foster, Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snider (is that really country?), Roger Creager...someone give me a new person to hang my hat on for a while.

By the way - for the REK fans - saw his show in Little Rock last week - probably the most awesome finale I've ever seen with The Road Goes On Forever...incredible. The crowd wasn't as rowdy as I expected, but he played at 10:00 on Wednesday night, so go figure...REK still has it, though!
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I like Robert Earl Keen.
I'm sure you are already familiar with Steve Earle?
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:01 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Yep...got Steve Earle...I guess I like the roughnecks, lol! I really didn't care as much for his Washington Square CD...still looking....and listening...
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Old 11-11-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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I've always enjoyed Doc Watson's music. Perhaps the best flat picker in the business. He's in his eighties now and still plays a few occasional gigs and has a lengthy discography. From the mid 60s to the mid 80s he collaborated with his son, Merle, who was no less a guitar player. Merle died in 1985. But the recordings these two made are some of the best bluegrass and old timey standards out there. Good Luck!
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Old 11-12-2007, 07:56 PM
 
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Square Peg is right. One of the pleasures of my life was watching Doc close out the Telluride Bluegrass Festival the year after Merle died in that tragic tractor accident. What a treat!Call it what you want; rural country, fiddle music, mountain music. Watson has a huge back catalog on the old Vanguard label. Other artists who would fit the bill nicely would be Bill Monroe, John Hartford, the Dillards, Norman Blake. There are lots of others.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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How 'bout Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans? I'd call them a great Americana band... but it would be more accurate to call 'em Canadana.... or something.
Truck Got Stuck is a particular favorite of mine and, according to a friend of mine who used to live in Edmonton, a pretty accurate summary of life in rural Alberta.
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Good song! I really enjoy bands like that. I wonder if that song was ever featured on NPR's Car Talk?
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Old 11-12-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Also, for good ol' Americana country, it's tough to beat Alison Krauss & Union Station. I know she's not exactly obscure, but she has got to be the most unknown 20-grammy-award-winning artist on the market. 20 Grammys at 35 years old... that's something.
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Old 11-13-2007, 03:47 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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Good stuff, Drover. That would indeed be good for the Car Guys.

I love Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, all those guys.
I saw Vassar live at a small outdoor concert not long after Will the Circle Be Unbroken was released. The man was cookin.'

Two albums I enjoy are the Wilco/Billy Bragg/Woody Guthrie collaborations, Mermaid Avenue Vol I and II.


California Stars
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Vermont / NEK
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Cil, this subject kind of ties in with the question you raised in the 'Underrated' thread about artists that simply play for the love of it. They seem to be out there by the score playing alt country.

Here are some more recommendations..


Jonathan Edwards
Jerry Garcia
Arlo Guthrie
Emmylou Harris
Hot Tuna
Kris Kristofferson
Tom Rush
Ian Tyson
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