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Gimme Five: Country Artists That Metal Fans Should Know

Gimme Five: Country Artists That Metal Fans Should Know

A couple of personal comments I’ve received over the last few days from my annual Country and Southern Rock List got me thinking a little about the best entry points for metal folks into the country world.

Something Else! sneak peek: Rosanne Cash, “Modern Blue” from The River and the Thread (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Rosanne Cash, “Modern Blue” from The River and the Thread (2014)

“Modern Blue” takes Rosanne Cash on a twilit journey across the world of passion before returning to a soft landing in the endlessly evocative American South.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Hank III

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2013 (Country and Southern Rock): Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Hank III

I certainly don’t claim to be any sort of expert on country music. I’m a metal kid from the sticks who was reintroduced to my country roots through Johnny Cash’s resurgence in the early 1990s.

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Mark Saleski’s Best of 2013 (Rock, Pop, Country, Whatever): Black Sabbath, Billy Joe + Norah, Moby

Somehow, I ended up with a fair amount of country-ish material on this year’s list. How did that happen?

On Second Thought: Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata (BRO) – The Hills Are Alive (2011)

Hollywood has the unfortunate habit of taking an success and grinding it into the ground but remaking it until the essence of what made it successful dissolves.

Robert Earl Keen, Jerry Jeff Walker, others – An Unreal Dream: Soundtrack (2013)

A forthcoming documentary promises to retell the story of an innocent Texan unjustly jailed for his wife’s murder. The soundtrack for An Unreal Dream only adds to the tale’s complex story of redemption.

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

Gimme Five: 1980s Neil Young That Doesn’t, You Know, Suck

There were certainly moments, and they seemed to come in bunches, when Neil Young stumbled so badly in the 1980s that it was difficult to imagine he’d ever regain his footing. But, not always.

Jim McCormick – The Middle of the River (2013)

With a writerly penchant for story songs, it’s of little surprise that New Orleans-born Jim McCormick has shown a flair for writing No. 1 country smashes. Unfortunately, that’s kept him too busy to fashion albums of his own.

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

Alex Chilton – Electicity by Candlelight (2013)

In a way, this kind of chaos — a darkened stage at the Knitting Factory — was the perfect setting for Alex Chilton, a performer who had made his legend drawing outside the lines.

Hank Williams III – Brothers of the 4×4 (2013)

Hank Williams III – Brothers of the 4×4 (2013)

When Hank Williams III finally got out from under his contract with Curb Records in 2011, most fans were expecting another album along the order of his landmark Straight to Hell record.