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Various Artists: Beyond Nashville

The Twisted Heart of Country Music

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2CD set released in October 2001 to coincide with the 'Beyond Nashville' series of concerts in London. Like Peter Doggett's Are You Ready For the Country this is a 'serious' compilation which explores the genre almost academically.

The two CDs are Sing Me Back Home with the likes of Jimmie Rodgers, Carter Family, Hank Williams, George Jones, Junior Parker, The Band, Taj Mahal and The Byrds, and Are You Sure Hank Done it this Way? with people like Lucinda Williams, Lambchop, Handsome Family, Giant Sand, Steve Earle. The Band contribute "Long Black Veil." The sleeve notes say "They gave it a funky bluesy feel that its songwriters never imagined." (There are 10 pages of sleeve notes). What's noticeable, compared to The Byrds or The Burritos, is that they innovate, not follow.

Note the originals of songs Band members have covered - "Blue Moon of Kentucky" (Levon) and "Mystery Train" (The Band).


CD1: Sing Me Back Home

  1. Jimmie Rodgers : Looking For a New Mama
  2. The Carter Family: Intro & Theme / When Our Lord Shall Come Again
  3. Leadbelly: Rock Island Line
  4. Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys: Bubbles in My Beer
  5. Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys: Blue Moon of Kentucky
  6. Woody Guthrie: Ain't got No Home
  7. Hank Williams: Long gone Lonesome Blues
  8. Lefty Frizell: Always Late (With your Kisses)
  9. Mystery Train: Little Junior Parker & His Blue Flames
  10. George Jones: Why Baby Why?
  11. Carl Perkins: Put Your Cat Clothes On
  12. Johnny Cash & The Carter Family: Were You there (When They Crucified my Lord)
  13. Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys: Chicken Reel
  14. Merle Haggard: The Bottle Let Me Down
  15. The Byrds: I Am A Pilgrim
  16. Taj Mahal: Little Red Hen Blues
  17. The Band: Long Black Veil
  18. The Flying Burrito Brothers: Lazy Days
  19. New Riders of The Purple Sage: Glendale Train
  20. Gram Parsons: Medley Live From Northern Quebec: Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind
  21. Doug Sahm: Nitty Gritty
  22. The Flatlanders: Dallas

CD2: Are You Sure Hank Done it this Way?

  1. Ryan Adams: To Be Young (Is To Be Sad and To Be High)
  2. Emmylou Harris: I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now
  3. The Blind Boys of Alabama: Run For A Long Time
  4. Steve Earle: Until The Day I Die
  5. Gillian Welch: Orphan Girl
  6. Giant Sand: Temptation of Egg
  7. Stacey Earle: Must Be Lo ve
  8. Willard Grant: Conspiracy Evening Mass
  9. Lucinda Williams: One Night Stand
  10. Lambchop: Beyond Belief
  11. Handsome Family: So Much Wine
  12. Alejandro Escovedo: Pissed Off 2 a.m.
  13. Smog: The Desert
  14. Sparklehorse: Comfort Me
  15. Son Volt: Windfall
  16. Noahjohn: Atlas Nails
  17. Jim White: Handcuffed to a Fence in Mississippi
  18. Oh Susanna: Ted's So Wasted
  19. The Carter Family: Thene (Sunnyside) Out / XET Station Break
  20. Los Super Seven: Paloma Guarumera

Various Artists - Beyond Nashville - 2001 - 2 CD set - UK(Manteca MANTDCD205

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