Recommendations For Must Hear Classic Country Records

My music appreciation goes back a very long way, and I am not exaggerating when I tell people, I appreciate ALL types of music. Sometimes people are shocked when I tell them I was and still am a huge fan of Slayer; I mean their 1986, “Reign in Blood” is the greatest heavy metal record ever made…

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However, beyond Garth Brooks “Ropin’ the Wind”, which nearly everyone in the USA heard, I have never delved into Country music. I might have tuned the radio station to a country channel now and then, but that’s about it.

I’m seeking recommendations for must hear classic country records

So, I asked my “social media” friends, knowing some are country fans, many in Nashville in fact, and see what they recommended. My question was “I’m seeking recommendations for must hear classic country records”.

these two have stood out

I purchased all the recommendations and these two have stood out.

  • Johnny PaychecksThe Real Mr. Heartache: The Little Darlin’ Years
  • This one is long out of print, even the “reissue” is out of print, and folks are asking $60+ for a used CD -as of writing this.
  • It was recommended as “probably the best country music ever written” by well known Nashville Resonator/Dobro player and Producer/Engineer Randy Kohrs.
  • I have to agree with Randy and say it probably is the best classic country, and it seems Johnny Paycheck lived the modern “cowboy” life complete with bar fights and prison time.
  • Buck OwensLive At Carnegie Hall
  • Another recommendation from Randy. If you don’t have a smile on your face after listening to this, you may have a happiness issue.
  • The musicianship is excellent and sound quality is very good for a live show.
  • It’s a funny and fun ride of music among family a friends at a classic country concert.
  • Even the cover wants to make you smile.

Originally published at Brian’s Blog.

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