Your country-rock big 3 bands

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  1. Gammondorf

    Gammondorf Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Boston, MA, USA
    Who are your big 3 country-rock bands and why?

    For me, the Flying Burrito Brothers set the template for blending country songs with rock themes and an R&B beat.

    Poco took it to the next level with tremendous playing and tight arrangements.

    Eagles built on the foundation with incredible songwriting and harmonies.

    Who are your big 3?
     
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  2. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Location:
    Madison WI
    Uncle Tupelo
    The Jayhawks
    Doug Sahm
     
  3. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Lawrenceville, NJ
    My Favs: 2 individuals, 3 bands:

    Mike Nesmith (solo, with FNB, with Monkees)
    Gene Clark (solo, with Godsins, with Dillard & Clark, with Carla Olsen, etc)
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
    Desert Rose Band
     
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  4. mdm08033

    mdm08033 Forum Resident

    Gram Parsons
    Jayhawks
    Eagles
     
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  5. Maseman66

    Maseman66 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Westchester, NY
    Chris Knight
    Uncle Tupelo
    Sir Douglas Quintet (Doug Sahm)
     
  6. papatwo

    papatwo Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Easley, SC, USA
    Uncle Tupelo
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Pure Prairie League
     
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  7. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    Location:
    New Joisey
    The Knitters
    The Sadies
    Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet etc.
     
  8. dumangl

    dumangl Forum Resident

    The Flying Burrito Brothers
    Michael Nesmith and the First (or Second) National Band
    The Desert Rose Band
     
  9. janschfan

    janschfan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Nashville, Tn. USA
    Byrds
    Gene Clark
    Poco
     
  10. RandyB1961

    RandyB1961 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Florida
    60s/70s:
    -Flying Burrito Brothers
    -Dillard & Clark
    -Gram Parsons(solo)

    No Depression:

    -Son Volt
    -Jayhawks
    -Blue Mountain
     
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  11. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

    Poco
    Doug Sahm
    Neil Young (obviously only some of his catalog fits here)
    The Band (can't help adding a 4th)
    edit: or 5th (The Byrds)

    In many ways, I could say the real DNA for me is Buffalo Springfield. I love its music, but it also led to so much more: Poco (which begat the Eagles), Neil Young, Stills (Mannasas -- one of my top albums ever), Flying Buritto Brothers (which begat Gram Parsons more or less). And we have the Byrds > FBB with Chris Hillman > Desert Rose Band, etc. And we can continue to draw the line from all these to Uncle Tupelo, Jayhawks, etc.
     
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  12. Vincentrifugal

    Vincentrifugal Well-Known Member

    Poco
    Mike Nesmith Monkees/First National Band
     
  13. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    Mike Nesmith & First/Second National Bands
    Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band
    The Flying Burrito Brothers

    Plus not far behind:
    Ozark Mountain Daredevils
    Mason Proffit/Talbot Brothers
    Dillard & Clark Exhibition
    The Eagles (pre 1976)
    Poco
    Ian Matthews (solo & various bands pre 1975)
    The New Riders of The Purple Sage
    Pure Prairie League
    International Submarine Band

    I don't think I'd classify Sir Douglas Quintet (Doug Sahm) as "Country Rock". A few songs are but not whole albums or have I got that completely wrong?
     
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  14. Revolver

    Revolver Forum Resident

    Location:
    Canada
    Dillard & Clark
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Michael Nesmith and the First ( amd Second) National Band
     
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  15. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Location:
    Fonthill, Ontario
    He was in the Texas Tornadoes
     
  16. Dave Redford

    Dave Redford New Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Wilco
    Lambchop
    Bill Callahan
     
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  17. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I see one person mentioned Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, yet they really were the first
    to actually develop "country rock" back in the 60's. From wiki:
    "In the mid 1960s, Nelson began to move towards country music, becoming a pioneer in the country-rock genre. He was one of the early influences of the so-called "California Sound" (which would include singers like Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt and bands like the Eagles)."
    His 1970 album "Rudy The Fifth" is a classic country rock LP, and is essential for any fan of the genre.
     
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  18. Charles Buxton

    Charles Buxton Well-Known Member

    Location:
    San Antonio, Texas
    Well, I've thought long 'n' hard about this over the morning. Then, I reached in the recesses of my mind for the long-unused criteria, which came out of being knocked for a loop by Manassas:
    "You really need at least a pedal steel in there to make work."
    That being the criteria, my faves would be:
    Manassas - To me, Manassas, always sounds like the world's best, can-do-anything, road band.
    The Flying Burrito Brothers - This isn't fair, but is where I went because there wasn't enough Manassas. Well, at least give me points because I'm honest.
    Poco - These guys are just good at what they do, no matter what or when. I guess it doesn't hurt when you have the worlds best pedal steel player.
     
  19. Zeki

    Zeki Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    My favorite genre is alt-country/cowpunk/roots, so I listen to the Jayhawks, Alejandro Escovedo, Son Volt, Ryan Adams, Blue Mountain, Jason Isbell up the you know what....but personally I separate country rock from those bands. Big 3 country rock, for me, which means staying power (something I'll still listen to) are:

    Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Just as fresh as when I first heard them roughly 40 years ago.

    Gram Parsons. "She", "Streets of Baltimore", "$1,000 Wedding...simply timeless.

    A third, hmm, kinda tough. I thought I'd be able to rattle off names easily but I haven't listened to the Eagles or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band or Poco or...anyway, I just don't listen to them. I do listen to American Beauty, so maybe the Grateful Dead (though I doubt they should be labeled as country rock).
     
  20. Gammondorf

    Gammondorf Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    Boston, MA, USA
    Yes, I think the pedal steel guitar sound is a definitional element of country-rock. Or at least a b-bender!
     
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  21. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    isn't is amazing that chris knight is not a household name!
     
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  22. Marshall Tucker Band
    The Band
    Workingman's Dead/American Beauty era Grateful Dead
     
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  23. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Here's my favorite track by Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band:

     
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  24. Very close to me.

    Burritos
    Nesmith
    Poco
     
  25. vivatones

    vivatones Forum Resident

    Earl Scruggs Review
    Byrds
    First National Band
     

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