Sometimes you really can judge a book by its cover, or in this case an album’s cover. Spanning 1955-1966, God Less America: Country & Western fer all ye Sinners’ n’ Sufferers is the kind of compilation dreamed up by those who seek out, relish and horde oddities and curios from the golden age of Country & Western. Yes, the real C&W.
At times times serious, at times humorous and at times heartbreaking, this collection mines the fringes of the original American honky tonk scene from Tucumcari to Tallahatchie. If released today some of the tracks would sound akin to Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats, but then again, Dean and Gene were always pretty astute musicologists. Like any sub-genre round-up, God Less America digs up artists and tracks that skimmed below the surface; i.e., think the odder moments of Porter Wagner and John D. Loudermilk.
MP3: Arkey Blue :: Too Many Pills
MP3: Bailey, Ramblin’ Red – 8 Weeks In A Barroom
MP3: Harry Johnson – It’s Nothing To Me