Category Archives: Country music

Take Me Home, Country Roads: John Denver; the Osborne Brothers; Toots & the Maytals

Hello there! This week’s blog entry is Take Me Home, Country Roads. This is a beautiful and moving folk-rock song composed by Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert and John Denver. We will start with a brief review of John Denver’s career. … Continue reading

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Highway to Hell: AC/DC; Phish; Hayseed Dixie

Hello there! This week’s blog entry is Highway to Hell. This is a heavy-metal tune composed by Angus Young, Michael Young, and Bon Scott. We will start with a brief review of the career of their group AC/DC. We will … Continue reading

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Tiny Dancer: Elton John; Tim McGraw; John Frusciante

Hello there! This is the third installment in our new feature: “Tim’s Cover Story Goes To The Movies.” In this series, we discuss a famous song that makes an important contribution to a major movie. As is our custom, we … Continue reading

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Hotel California: Eagles; Gipsy Kings; SkaDaddyZ

Hello there! Our song this week is Hotel California. This is a rock song by The Eagles that contains one of the all-time great guitar riffs. We will review the original version by the Eagles. We will then discuss cover … Continue reading

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Delta Lady: Leon Russell; Joe Cocker; Bobbie Gentry

Hello there! Our song this week is Delta Lady. This is a great country-blues song. We will review the version by Leon Russell, who wrote the song. We will also discuss versions by Joe Cocker and by Bobbie Gentry. Leon … Continue reading

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Me and Bobby McGee: Roger Miller; Kris Kristofferson; Janis Joplin

Hello there! Our song this week is Me and Bobby McGee. It is one of the most iconic country-rock songs.  Although the song was co-written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, the first recorded version was by Roger Miller. Because … Continue reading

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Blue Moon of Kentucky: Bill Monroe; Elvis Presley; Patsy Cline

Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Blue Moon of Kentucky. This is an important ‘roots’ bluegrass song, originally recorded in the 1940s. We will start with the original song by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. … Continue reading

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