Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

Discoveries of a Pop Music Archaeologist

Tag: Country rock

"I Don't Believe You"
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Waylon Did Dylan in ’65

How humorous to browse a chronological listing of Waylon Jennings albums starting in 1964 – eleven on RCA by my count, following his debut LP At JD’s – when out of nowhere, A&M suddenly decides to issue its first and only album by Jennings, long after his brief run of singles (1963-65)

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"Rock and Roll Gypsies"
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Hearts And Flowers: Country Rock

Back when I did the daily commute to Baltimore and my car radio had better reception, I used to enjoy a great community radio station that shares programming with its owner, WXPN, the Philadelphia radio station known for its World Cafe program, and yet operates out of a high school from

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"Sam Stone"
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“Sam Stone”: Top Ten Saddest Song?

My mother-in-law and her husband had a grand old time at John Prine‘s concert Saturday night at DC’s stately National Theatre.  The next morning we remarked on Prine’s “country outlaw” cred (as evidenced by the turnout of the biker-American community), and I thought to myself, perhaps I could scrounge together

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"Louisiana Woman"
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Swampwater: Cajun-Flavored Country Rock on Starday-King

Here’s a tuneful country rocker from 1970 that sure sounds like a radio hit: “Louisiana Woman”     Swampwater (1970) John Beland:  Guitar, Resonator Guitar, Piano, Vocals Gib Guilbeau:  Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals Thad Maxwell:  Bass, Vocals Stan Pratt:  Drums Roger Jannotta:  Strings John Wagner:   Producer And yet this rather obscure debut album*

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"Shattered Man"
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The Chaparral Brothers: Shattered Men

At last weekend’s Arbutus Record Show, I picked up some interesting long-players, including one each by a pair of unsung Capitol country artists – both, as I discovered, identical twins:  The Chaparral Brothers and The Hagers. Paul Vorhaben + John Vorhaben The Chaparral Brothers Indeed, I was happy to acquire

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Country rock
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“Shenandoah”: Refreshingly Blemished

Diplomat — the boutique label that gave us albums by The Beatle Buddies, The Ska-Men, The Monterey Brass, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Lonesome Valley Singers, Dick Dale, and those Santo & Johnny knock-offs, Dan & Dale — also bequeathed us a 12-inch long-playing release by The Green Valley Guitars, who

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"One in a Hundred"
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“One in a Hundred”: Gene Clark’s Appeal to the One Per Cent

It’s nice to see Gene Clark getting more recognition in recent years for his role, along with Mike Nesmith, Hearts & Flowers, Byrds, Dylan (and others), in helping to forge a “country rock” (or as Gram Parsons envisioned it, “Cosmic American”) sound.  Last year, in fact, folks on the East

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"Keep On Tryin'"
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“Keep on Tryin'”: Final Song Before Disbanding

How ironic that the last track of the second and final album from American Flyer – Spirit Of A Woman – would be titled “Keep on Tryin’.”  I hate to think the group was burying this song, since it was the closing track on the album — such a radio-friendly

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"No Expectations"
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“No Expectations”: Joan Baez Covers the Stones, Man

Joan Baez – with the very able assistance of Nashville’s finest sidemen – produced a soulful and tastefully understated cover of a classic Rolling Stones tune from their Beggars Banquet album: “No Expectations“ Joan Baez (1970) Baez’s version of “No Expectations” was included on 1969’s One Day at a Time (Vanguard) and

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"He's So Fine"
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In Hindsight, the Lawsuit Was Inevitable

One of my favorite (and affordable) ways of discovering music is trawling for vinyl at local secondhand shops.  Of course, you have to wade through a lot of Andre Kostelanetz and Percy Faith to find something worthwhile, but that’s part of the fun – and adventure.  It’s not uncommon to

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