Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Lonely Weekends, Muddy Waters



Slacker. That'd be me. Sorry. I'll be getting back on track shortly. Though I'm beginning to wonder... if there's too many other great blogs out there, all the good songs are already spoken for, etc. Eh.

Here's a little something from one of the hundred or so artists that comprise my top ten favorite artists list.

Though his decline into bland countrypolitan in the late 60's is well documented, Charlie Rich began his career as a crackin' good honky tonker. Versatile in infusing a range of styles (blues, jazz, gospel) into the mix, and possessing one of the great country voices (influenced by Elvis, but I'll take Rich over Elvis any day), the sides he recorded for Smash and Sun Records stand as some of the classic tonkin' singles released in the 50's and 60's.

"Lonely Weekends" is my favorite Rich tune. A hand clappin' barnburner replete with swinging country gospel choir(fans of Evelyn Freeman's "Didn't It Rain" take note).

Charlie Rich: Lonely Weekends (mp3)

Charlie Rich: I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (mp3)

Thanks for visitin' for a spell. Check out your local, independent establishments

8 comments:

ang said...

I must say, there'd be plenty of boo and hoo if you were to abandon ship. Even if I can't listen to the music at work, it's fun reading what you've got on your mind, and the photos are fun, too.

Anonymous said...

ditto ang's remarks. please don't leave us alone to toil in our desperate, meaningless lives.

Happy In Bag said...

"Bland countrypolitan"? Them's fightin' words. Don't slag the Silver Fox! That stuff is brilliant, although nothing's as great as his Pictures and Paintings from '92.

Donnie said...

Life's Little Ups and Downs is one of my favorite songs in the world.

Satisfied '75 said...

this IS one of the best blogs out there. keep it up!

bigrockcandymountain said...

Thanks ya'll. Think I'll stick around for a bit.

t said...

Hi there, just found your blog and I'll definitely bookmark it. I'd never heard of Charlie Rich but wow, terrific stuff, thanks!

AG said...

Darlin', the comment immediately preceding mine says it all -- we NEED you up in here, because the idea of someone not knowing the likes of Charlie Rich... that's no fun. Keep spreading the word!