A couple of weeks ago, about the same time as I resolved to get rid of my CDs, I set about another task I’d been meaning to do for some time: assembling a bunch of my favourite country-tinged tunes on Spotify. As they started to accumulate in the one playlist, I pondered: why not make it chronological, then I can easily add new songs when I hear them, and keep it current? Then I told myself: no need to be quite so anal, and executed a few tweaks which made it not strictly chronological but ensured that everything flows.
Further tinkering ensued when I realised that I had no idea what actually happened to country-rock between about 1977-1984, and figuring it might be jarring to go from the Eagles to, say, Green on Red, went down a rabbit hole to look for more tunes. I also noticed that my knowledge around the start was a bit lacking – didn’t Gene Clark invent this stuff? But he listened to Dylan – so I added some songs to the beginning, many of which, you’ll notice, come from two compilations: Bakersfield Rebels and Tuff’n’Stringy, both of which are a little short on » Continue Reading.