Category Archives: Country

Your Brain on Johnny Cash

Check out this article about a man with OCD who had electrodes implanted in his brain for therapy. The therapy was helpful, but the side effect was that he began to be obsessed with the music of Johnny Cash. When … Continue reading

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Ronnie Lane

Billy and Dad love the sweet, lonesome voice of Ronnie Lane. A great songwriter, too . . . Rubin? One of the beautiful things about the album Rough Mix – by Ronnie Lane and Pete Townshend – is that you … Continue reading

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Willie Nelson’s Jazz

Willie is one of those rare guitarists who listens to the birds and puts a saucer of water out for his guitar when he’s not playing it.

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Obama’s Playlist

President Obama has just released his “playlist” – whatever that means. I suppose it contains the songs he wants to project. Probably some he really likes, some he thinks are songs that embody his message, some he hopes might be … Continue reading

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Throwbacks

Our dear friend Peg turned us on to this guy C.W. Stoneking, a real eccentric with an accent somewhere between Australia and New Orleans, a banjo, a Dixieland band, and a pretty good hat. We here in Iowa City have … Continue reading

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Songs I’m Into

I’ve been in a mood for country music lately – hankering for clear, decent lyrics, which are oddly hard to come by. The song I’m playing most right now is “Mendocino County Line” by Willie Nelson with Lee Ann Womack. … Continue reading

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JC Project

Our friend Chris recommended “The Johnny Cash Project” to us. It’s worth poking around, looking at the images. Moreover, the song is one of those late recordings of JC’s that’s right on the money.

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