Your country-rock big 3 bands

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Gammondorf, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Todd W.

    Todd W. It's a Puggle

    Great choices in this thread and a tough call.........
    Pure Prairie League
    New Riders

    Present day........
    Blackberry Smoke
    Chris Knight
  2. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Michael Nesmith and the First National Band
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  3. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
    The biggies:
    - Byrds
    - Neil Young & whatever
    - Creedence

    The also rans:
    -Dillard & Clark
    - Marshall Tucker Band
    - Outlaws
  4. drivingtheview

    drivingtheview Not forever just for now

    Those are my almost perfect top 3. Would include the following 3 as my top 6:righton:
    Son Volt (& Jay Farrar solo)
    The Bottle Rockets

    And 3 more
    The Gourds
    Charlie Robison
    Jeffrey Foucault

    Bravo for the Chris Knight mention
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  5. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident

    People here are lumping together several different genres.

    Country-rock was in the late '60s-early '70s

    Cowpunk was in the '80s, led by The Blasters and later The Long Ryders, The Beat Farmers, Jason and The Scorchers, Rank and File, The True Believers (these latter two featuring Alejandro Escovedo), among others.

    This was followed by, the important transitional act being the criminally underappreciated Silos, whose 1987 debut album Cuba was Uncle Tupelo before Uncle Tupelo was Uncle Tupelo.

    As for country-rock, I'll start with the act I can't stand: The Eagles. It's sadly ironic that they made all the money Gram Parsons deserved.

    I know little about Poco, but apparently they sound a lot like the Eagles, so I won't worry about them too much. I generally despise that entire El Lay Hollywood David Geffen Irving Azoff scene of the '70s, with a handful of exceptions (Judee Sill, Zevon).

    I'm a big Sir Doug fan, though I don't know if I'd classify him as country-rock. I'd put him more in the quite arbitrary "Roots" category, along with the Band.

    And that reminds me of another country-rock pioneer that's too often ignored. The Everly Bros' album Roots was one of the key release in that year of '68.

    And let's not forget Steve Young, whose band Stone Country also put out an album in '68, before he went on to an artistically distinguished if commercially obscure solo career.
  6. Charles Buxton

    Charles Buxton Forum Resident

    San Antonio, Texas
    Well said!

    However, while I'm with you 100% on the Eagles, let's leave Poco out of it, K? ;)

    Thanks for the nod to WZ. Great, great writer & musician, sorely missed.
  7. 1. Poco
    2. Eagles
    3. Outlaws
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  8. davenav

    davenav High Plain Grifter

    Brooklyn, USA
    International Submarine Band
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    New Riders
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  9. CCrider92

    CCrider92 Forum Resident

    Cape Cod, MA
    Gene Clark/ Dillard & Clark
  10. I have to name five ;-)

    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers
    Gene Clark
    Gram Parsons
    The Jayhawks
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  11. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't

    Los Angeles, CA
    Well, these aren't really "country rock" but the rock bands I love most that have some sort of influence of country are Blue Rodeo and Lone Justice.
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  12. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Commander Cody + His Lost Planet Airmen
    New Riders Of The Purple Sage

    I really love Doug Sahm too but to me his music is so wide ranging that I have a hard time pigeon holing him as just Country Rock (although he recorded lots of it. "Texas Me" is one of my faves),
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  13. Humbuster

    Humbuster Big hat, no cattle

    Long before the Eagles formed there was this great band; Poco.
    So good in fact, Henley and Frey learned much from Poco as well as recruiting two members from them.

    + Richie Furay is a great guy and one of the nicest legends you can ever meet.
  14. klaatuhf

    klaatuhf Forum Resident

    Sydney, Australia
    For those who don't know, Linda Ronstadt's first backing band when she went solo around 1969 contained future members of the Eagles and Nesmith's First National Band. Linda knew great pickers and singers when she heard them! For those who love early Eagles check out the bands that they came from: Longbranch Pennywhistle and Shiloh. Some nice countryish rock to be found there too. A one more plug for Mason Proffit.. amazing CR band.
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  15. GV1967

    GV1967 Forum Resident

    Northeastern US
    Michael Nesmith (Monkees and solo)

    Rick Nelson & The Stone Canyon Band

    The Byrds

    ..........and many more.
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  16. paradoxguy

    paradoxguy Well-Known Member

    The Jayhawks
    The Byrds Gram Parsons-era
    The Long Ryders
  17. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    I think you named my favorites; I'll add:
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    Gram Parsons
    Gene Clark (all)
    The Jayhawks

    IMHO, since I think this thread is asking for personal favorites of a certain genre, it's tough for me to split hairs and disqualify a band if they're too "alt" "country" "rock" "cow-punk" or "whatever"...

    All the bands mentioned are too talented, skilled and inventive to just, "ride down the same ol' dusty trail"...of strictly country-rock. :p
    They're all branches on the same musical tree. Just my two copper pennies.
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  18. PonceDeLeroy

    PonceDeLeroy Forum Resident

    Great Speckled Bird
    New Riders of the Purple Sage
    Dillard and Clark

    4th: Area Code 615
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  19. Syscrusher

    Syscrusher Forum Resident

    right now it's
    The Grateful Dead
    The Stray Gators
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  20. zphage

    zphage inappropriately touching the out of touch

    Mason Proffitt
    Home(first two)
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  21. bobc

    bobc Bluesman

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band
    Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
    The Mavericks
  22. timztunz

    timztunz Audioista

    Couldn't have put it better myself!
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  23. DanBNash

    DanBNash Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    Flying Burrito Brothers
    The Byrds - Sweetheart era
    Buffalo Springfield - some cuts
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  24. Raider4life

    Raider4life Forum Resident

    Wenatchee, WA
    Jason And The Scorchers
    Thirty Eight Special
  25. garymc

    garymc Forum Resident

    Amen Brother. Love the Silos. Have lots of their stuff and particularly liked "The Silos" album that came out in 1990 just after Cuba. Those two albums together should have made The Silos big stars. Walter Salas-Humera is still playing around with a newer version of The Silos. Saw him in NYC a few years ago and had a nice talk with him. Nice guy and still great.

    That's a shame about Poco. The Eagles got most of their good stuff from Poco. Poco *should* have been the bigger act. And it is criminal that Poco is not in the R&R Hall of Fame. They were an important band in the late 60s/early 70s in terms of what they influenced. Go back and check out their first 3 or 4 albums. If you were a Buffalo Springfield fan, you'll appreciate them. And they don't have the ego of some of the Eagles folks. Ritchie and Rusty are two of the nicest guys in the music business.

    Another smear against the R&R Hall of Fame. Doug should be there. What a talent across many genres. I think I have more albums by Doug and variations of his bands than any other single artist. I used to love seeing him play in Austin at the Soap Creek Saloon in the early to mid 1970s.

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