Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music. The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme. (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along). Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:
Make a mix of songs that are totally from a genre or style of music that you don’t usually listen to. You know… 5 songs that you love anyway.
Over the weeks since seeing this topic, I’ve been thinking of some unusual sub-themes that would fit this week’s topic: Cajun and/or Zydeco, Reggae, Parodies, or Off-Broadway musicals songs that began with the letter “X”. You know, something slightly out of the ordinary that had a chance of being an original list. But since having a mixed bag of emotions week, I decided to go the easy route and pick Country Music.
I’m not much for current popular country, but I do love me some of those Outlaws. The country singers, not the bikers. The ones that lived the life they sang about and you could hear that hard times in every note they sang.
1. The Blues Man – Alan Jackson. This is my number one favorite country song. Though originally recorded by Hank Williams, Jr. in the late 70’s, I prefer this version, even though Alan Jackson isn’t exactly an outlaw, but the song is about one. Sometimes it just takes someone having faith in you to motivate you to drag yourself up from rock bottom.
2. Family Tradition – Hank Williams, Jr. Speaking of Hank, I have to include him on this list since he’s the first concert I ever went to. All his rowdy friends may have settled down by that point, but his rowdy fans hadn’t. This was also the first fight I’d ever gotten into.
3. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash. No country music list of mine can be complete without this man and this song. Johnny Cash may not have actually served time, but he was certainly held prisoner by his addictions.
4. You Never Even Called Me By My Name – David Allan Coe. This truly is the perfect country and western song. What other song would have a verse like “I was drunk they day my Mom got out of prison”?
5. Drinking My Baby Goodbye – Charlie Daniels Band. This is the kind of song you just have to stand up and yell “Yeehaw!” and get up and dance when it comes on.
6. Take This Job and Shove It – Johnny Paycheck. My grandfather worked for the city driving a garbage truck for most of his life. Back then they government jobs required you to retire at age 65. Every time he would hear this song, he loudly brag about how he was going to go into Leroy’s office (his boss) on the day he had to retire and play him this song. And I’ll be damned if that ornery cuss wasn’t true to his word and did it.