Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

Country: The genre, the artists, the playlist!

For the third installment of our Genres series we take a look at maybe the most maligned but also one of the most popular musical forms of the 20th century. And yet whilst country music inspires all kinds of negative reactions in people if you’re willing to dig back through it’s history you’ll realise that if you find the right country it’s actually pretty darn great. As with our Blues and Jazz posts this is not intended to be a definitive history, something which would require a pretty hefty book, but rather a wilfully cherry-picked selection of the best, with Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

The country music legend and footage of some of his unforgettable performances in different prisons throughout the years. He may have been the man in black, but his heart had stripes and rebellion at it´s center. John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. His parents Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash were Baptist and farmers. Apparently when his voice dropped his mother discovered he could sing and encouraged him to follow that path, telling him he had “the gift” and paying for his first singing lessons. It turns out that after just 3 lessons his teacher Read more »

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

Unsung Figures No.2: Townes Van Zandt

“Living on the road my friends, Is gonna keep you free and clean Now you wear your skin like iron And your breath’s as hard as kerosene…” – Pancho & Lefty I’ve listened to more songs in my life that I could even begin to try and think about. 1000’s upon 1000’s, I don’t know. It’s not worth the effort of speculating. However, I probably could have a fair go at writing a list of those that have burrowed their way under my skin and taken root in a small part of my soul, that seem to change the energy Read more »

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s: A country cowboy copshow calamity.

Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s: A country cowboy copshow calamity.

We deconstruct Toby Keith – Beer For My Horses ft. Willie Nelson´s video because a friend asked us to! For this analysis I must give a big mention to a good friend of MVD’s and fellow ‘Jammer’ (as we TIMJ users refer to each other) MsSue – otherwise know as Sue, unsurprisingly enough – who submitted this video after winning our Nik Kershaw competition a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Sue! It’s a great video, one with many strands so let me delve in without further delay… So the first, most obvious thing to note is that this is basically Read more »