Classic Country Rock

Essential Willie Nelson
Essential Kris Kristofferson Hag the best of Merle Haggard

This summer I was lucky enough to have caught not only Willie Nelson rockin' out at Red Rocks but Kris Kristofferson with Merle Haggard bringing down the house at the Denver Center for the Performing arts.

Since then I have been listening to a deeper variety of each of their music. My favorite Willie album remains "Red Headed Stranger" and I do prefer to listen to Kris's songs that are done by someone else (hey, he never claimed to be a good singer but, man, can that guy write a song!). Merle Haggard is more country than I'm used to but I just love his irreverent songs like "Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" or "Living With the Shades Pulled Down."

It's amazing how many songs these men share, covering each other back and forth, performing songs written and previously performed by each other. Each man brings his own flavor to their covers so it's very interesting to listen and compare.

I've gotta say though that "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" is probably the only song written by Kris and sung by Kris that I prefer to anyone else's version.

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Check out the Highwaymen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LToVpPUMA0

Check out the Highwaymen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LToVpPUMA0

If you haven't already, check out some Gram Parsons, arguably the father of country rock. His work with the International Submarine Band, The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and as a solo artist are excellent examples of the genre. His album "Grievous Angel" is one of my favorites.

That is true Parsons is great, i also neglected Townes Van Zandt , now i feel like a bum!

Okay, I will give Kris a chance.

Indeed you should, but like i said he is more poet than singer think leonard cohen. great songs though!

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