Sunday, 21 June 2009

Cowboy songs

Me and My Uncle is a favorite cowboy song. I couldn't find it by The Grateful Dead but I found this on youtube.


15 comments:

Scrobs... said...

Lils,

I saw you there right at the end, third from back, left screen...

Why men had to wear ties then I'll never fathom!

I bet that The Grateful Dead did it much slower, and with some proper bass and rhythm behind them too.

Elby The Beserk said...

Scrobs,

Sorry! The Dead did Me And My Uncle as an out and out cowboy rock 'n roll song - and very fine as such it is. I think we should knock you up a sampler of the Dead to add to your collection of old gadgee music :-)

Scrobs... said...

Elbers - I bow to your superior intellect (as you would expect, because you're taller (Russian) and more perceptive than I am...), but I have to admit that as I'm into some - er - Mark Knopfler at the moment. I really need to listen to some music which fits his guitar and some harmony. Somehow, he can do this sometimes, but one track which I don't like is him with Emmylou Harris, because she just doesn't do it justice.

However, I love listening to your music, and really need a masterclass in the links. Lils sent me Levon Helm's album, and it still sings.

(Track for Knopfler = Speedway at Nazareth) Google better ones on his own, or better, get a chum to email the copy...
You know it makes sense...

idle said...

I too like cowboy music. I am a great devotee of Lee Hazlewood, whose Trouble is a Lonesome Town might very well be the greatest album in the genre.

I'll see if I can dig out some YouTube moments of the great Lee.

Grumpy grandad said...

Scrobs: Why men have to wear ties anywhere is beyond me (although I do acknowledge they come in useful for wiping one's glasses, hands, brow, bogies etc on from time to time, so maybe the reason is right there).

As I recall, in that period (early 60s?) everybody wore ties - Brothers Four, Pat Boone, even the Beatles etc. Sort of uniform really. Probably trying to influence the harrumphing old farts of the day! Do you not sometimes tut/groan silently when you see some of the scruffy costumes worn by today's show biz "personalities"?

As for the music, I must confess that was a new one to me, and for me Joni's voice while very good for the folky stuff she did, did not really fit cowboy songs. Now where did I put those old Marty Robbins LPs...

Sara Holt said...

I enjoy listening to cowboy music. Its a great break from mainstream pop and rock.

Elby the Beserk said...

Idle,

Must check out Lee Hazelwood - not familiar with his oeuvre. Big fan of Merle Haggard and Buck Owen, both from Bakersfield, a shithole in the middle of California. The Dead never did any Buck Owens, but Merle yes, doing Mama Tried & Sing Me Back Home. Marty Robbin's wonderful El Paso they may have played more than any other song over the years. Another cowboy song, Mexicali Blues, was one of their own.

Down in the West Texas town of El Paso,
I feel in love with a Mexican girl

And the rest is history.

Elby the Beserk said...

Scrobs,

Have a bit of a blockage on Knopfler. Cleary a gifted guitarist, but apparently he plays the same solo every time for all his songs. Jerry never played a song the same way twice. Similarly, if they played three nights in a row, you wouldn't get a song repeated.

Apocryphal (maybe) story of Sting, who supported them for a few nights on a tour in the 90s. Fans all there for Sting playing on the first night. Second night, hall empties after about 20 minutes. Sting asks the band what's going on. They replied - "You played the same set, man".

The Dead - not only the best at what they did, but the only ones who did what they did.

Elby the Beserk said...

I'm an idiot.

Lee Hazelwood. These Boots Are Made For Walking.

Of course. That's why the name rang such a loud bell.

Lots on Utube

Elby the Beserk said...

Scrobs,

You'd never call the Dead easy listening. Indeed, there are times when their music is so dark it scares the shit out of you. But they could do a country thing perfectly when they wanted to. Treat yourself to Workingman's Dead &/or American Beauty for starters. Preferably both. Prolly get 'em both for less than a tenner together on Amazon

Lil just back from walking Pig. They met a female Patterdale.

Called Pig.

They could have Piglets :-)

idle said...

Elby, it seems that YouTube have a lot of the later Hazlewood stuff (a lot of his quaint Swedish period), some of the classics with Nancy, but little of the earlier cowboy music Hazlewood.

As ever, the great allmusic website comes to the rescue:

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:gxfexq9hldke

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lilith said...

Scrobs, I like the expression on the guy standing next to Joni when she sings "it being summer, I took off my shirt..."

Joni sings accurately and sweetly but she doesn't convince on the cowboy stakes like Bobby.

Elby the Beserk said...

Ms. Mitchell very fine, but somewhat off doing a cowboy song folksy style.
I do however like Doris Day as a cowgirl thought. Actually, I like her regardless :-)

By the way, Me And My Uncle was written by John Phillips of the Mamas and The Papas for the Dead.

Calfy said...

I never realised Me & My Uncle could be so light and fluffy :-)