Are you a George Jones guy in a Garth Brooks world? A Loretta Lynn gal trying to understand why people still call Shania Twain a "country" artist?
Well, then this website is for you! Here's your chance to read all about Nashville pop, from the late-'50s "Nashville Sound" and the "countrypolitan" scene of the '70s to today's chart-toppers and pretty-boy hat acts, seen through the lens of DJ Joe Sixpack, a hick music know-it-all with a heart of gold...
Your comments and suggestions are welcome, particularly suggestions for artists or albums I might have missed. Other types of twang are reviewed elsewhere in my Hick Music Guide.
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Scotty Emerick "The Coast Is Clear" (Dreamworks, 2003)
The debut album from a Nashville songwriter most closely associated with Toby Keith, having penned several of Keith's #1 hits, as well as numerous other songs over several chart-topping albums. Apparently, they had a falling out: Emerick was signed to Keith's semi-indie Show Dog label, but never got a full album out, just a couple of singles.
Scotty Emerick "Love Me Like My Dog" (2007)
Emerson Drive - see artist discography
Ralph Emery & Shotgun Red "Christmas With Ralph & Red" (RCA, 1991)
Radio DJ and television host Ralph Emery was one of the most influential figures in the 1960s and '70s country landscape, building careers and boosting artists as a key cog in the Nashville machinery. He recorded a few singles himself, though only one, 1961's "Hello Fool," (an answer song to "Hello Walls") generated any real action. This holiday record features Emery along with his television "co-host," the puppet known as Shotgun Red, in a series of Christmas duets... perhaps more of a keepsake album than a fireside singalong. The Shotgun Red puppet was later featured on a revival of the Hee Haw TV show... But you can hear him here in his full glory with his buddy Ralph... A romance for the ages. (PS - for more country Christmas music, check out my Hillbilly Holiday section.)
Emilio - see artist discography
Buddy Emmons - see artist discography
Ty England "Ty England" (RCA, 1995)
Ty England "Two Ways To Fall" (RCA, 1996)
Tyler England "Highways & Dance Halls" (Capitol, 1999)
Ty England "Alive And Well And Livin' The Dream" (Triple T, 2007)
Robin English "Hello Me" (Global Row, 2004)
'Way back in 2001, Ms. English had an flash-in-the-pan hit single, "Girl In Love", which hit #10 on the charts and then apparently she parted ways with her label at the time (Columbia), reemerging a few years later with this indie album, which she has since re-jiggered a couple of times to try and hit the right formula... Not sure what the whole story is, but folks who like rootsier-than-usual mainstream twang might want to check her out...
Robin English "Robin English" (Aspirion, 2006)
Five of the songs on here originally appeared on 2004's Hello Me, including the song that seems to be her anthem, "Cotton Field Girl." In turn, all of the tracks on this album are reprised on the indie-again Velvet-Covered Brick album, below. There's some nice stuff, but be careful not to get the same material over and over again if you liked what you heard the first time around. Anyhoo, either version of this album would probably be fine.
Robin English "Velvet-Covered Brick" (2007)
An intriguing mixed bag. This disc opens with a bluesy, rootsy number called "Cotton Field Girl" that has a swampy feel worthy of old, classic Tony Joe White. After that, she leaps into some perky, generic pop-country fluff, and then into a few anguished ballads. She gets back to twang with a cheeky spoof of Willie and Waylon, "Mamas Don't Let Your Cowboys Grow Up To Be Babies," and closes with an aggressively popped-up radio remix of "Cotton Field Girl." There's an interesting mix of roots and Nashville savvy here, hinting at a Lee Ann Womack-like approach... Worth checking out if you go for both mainstream and indie-ish material.
Ethel & The Shameless Hussies "Born To Burn" (MCA, 1988)
(Produced by Jimmy Bowen)
Rollicking, rowdy country novelty songs, often expressing a female viewpoint... Lead singer Kacey Jones went on to make a career out of this sort of thing, carving out a comedy niche that's kept her going for years.
Evangeline "Evangeline" (MCA, 1992)
An all-gal band from Louisiana, with a somewhat simplistic musical sound, tending towards perky, upbeat material with group harmonies, or slower songs with individual bandmembers taking lead on different songs. One has a voice kind of like Linda Ronstadt; another has a bluesier approach, and delivers a clunky cover of Jesse Winchester's "Rumba Man." Odder still is an almost-liturgical rendition of the roots reggae oldie, "Rivers Of Babylon." Some songs have a cajun flavor to 'em, but mostly this is fairly bland, commercially-oriented material that never really found an audience.
Evangeline "French Quarter Moon" (MCA, 1993)
An exceedingly dreary album; includes their lone chart single, the cajun-flavored "Let's Go Spend Your Money Honey," an uptempo tune that's okay, but underwhelming. The rest of the record is pretty terrible... Some of it has a slightly alty, Lucinda Williams-ish feel, but the production is so generic it's hard to connect with any of it.
Sara Evans - see artist discography
Leon Everette - see artist discography
The Everly Brothers - see artist discography
EWB "We Could Go On Forever" (Paid Records, 1981) (LP)
The trio of Jerrell Elliott, Richard Wesley, Gerald Bennett... The album's title cut barely scraped into the Top 100...
Skip Ewing - see artist discography
Exile "Greatest Hits" (Sony Epic, 1986)
(Produced by Buddy Killen)
Well, yes, they actually are the same band who had a huge pop hit in 1978 with "Kiss You All Over," a synth-heavy, whispered ditty that had kind of a mysterious, creepy air about it... Well, then they went country and landed a slew of #1 hits in the early '80s, none of which are particularly interesting, looking back at it now. Ostensibly, they were a vocal harmony band, along the lines of Alabama or the Bellamy Brothers, except that the harmonies don't really provide much contrast to lead singer J.P. Pennington's throaty vocals. It's radio friendly, but insubstantial. The farther they went along, the more willing they were to indulge in tacky pop modernizations, and on songs like "Hang On To Your Heart" or the reggae-tinged "I Could Get Used To You," discerning country fans will find themselves suffering immensely. This is a handy 10-song look back at their biggest hits, but it's not a record that I, personally, ever need to revisit.
Exile "Exile" (Epic, 1983)
Exile "Kentucky Hearts" (Epic, 1984)
Exile "Hang On To Your Heart" (Epic, 1985)
Exile "Shelter From The Night" (Epic, 1987)
Exile "Still Standing" (Arista, 1990)
Exile "Justice" (Arista, 1991)
Exile "Latest & Greatest" (Intersound, 1995)
Exile "Exile/Hang On To Your Heart" (Collectables, 1999)
Exile "Kentucky Hearts/Shelter From The Night" (Collectables, 1999)
Commercial Country Albums - Letter "F"
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