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Country Rock - An Idiosyncratic History - 4

Artist Song
Poco  You Better Think Twice 
The Eagles  Already Gone 
Linda Ronstadt  Love Is A Rose 
Crosby, Stills & Nash  49 Bye Byes 
Nicolette Larson  Come Early Morning 
The Youngbloods  Sugar Babe 
The Flying Burrito Brothers  Sin City 
American Flyer  Let Me Down Easy 
Bonnie Raitt  I'm Blowin' Away 
Firefall  You Are The Woman 
Jackson Browne  My Opening Farewell 
Brewer & Shipley  Can't Go Home 
The Byrds  You're Still On My Mind 
John Prine  Flashback Blues 
Linda Ronstadt  I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) 
Neil Young  Harvest 
J. D. Souther  Faithless Love 
Orleans  Dance With Me 
Loggins & Messina  Listen To A Country Song 
Pure Prairie League  Fallin' In And Out Of Love 
Pure Prairie League  Amie 
The Byrds  Nashville West 
The Grateful Dead  Friend Of The Devil 
The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band  Rise & Fall 
Gene Clark  I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better 


Country Rock: An Idiosyncratic History July/September 2006

Now we move into the 'hey day' when 'country-rock' took over the radio airways... a brief but interesting period...
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What is Country-Rock anyway?

"Essentially, Country-Rock is rock bands playing country music. It is country Music informed by rock's counter-culture ideals as well as its reliance on loud amplification, prominent backbeat, and pop melodies." (

"Country rock is a musical genre formed from the fusion of rock and roll with country music. While such cross-pollination has occurred throughout the history of both genres, the term is usually used to refer to the wave of groups of the late 1960's and early 1970's." (

"The basic genre refers to the first wave of artists who blurred the dividing line between traditional country and contemporary rock styles. From 1968 to about 1975, country-rock was one of the biggest selling genres in rock. At its heart it was essentially country music filtered through the rock experience; amplification, big backbeat, countercultural lyrical content, emphasis on hooks." (

".one thing. is that country-rock. was the soundtrack to a young America exhausted by the struggles of the Viet Nam war, the civil rights movement, and the generation gap." (From Eight Miles High, p 200)

(Gram Parsons) "I was coming from a folk background, Clarence (White) from a bluegrass background, Gib (Guilbeau) from a Cajun background and Wayne (Moore) from a bluegrass and country background. We were taking different ingredients and mixing `em where they might not have been mixed before." (From Eight Miles High, p 181)
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Sean Lally
Date: 10/1/2006
With a few exceptions, I think that this is where the genre lost me - the pop/country/rock hits were a little too lightweight, like Firefall and Orleans. Still, some great stuff here, and I love the series.
Date: 10/1/2006
i am not sure that all your selections fit your definition.
sean's concerns about firefall and orleans are examples. i don't think either are rock bands and i don't see dance with me or just remember i love you as country songs. i would like to hear your reasoning in including them. wonderful series with many great selections. i came of age during the heyday of country rock so i can appreciate this series. thanks for the passion and effort!
Date: 10/2/2006
Not a big fan of the genre but I love the obsession and the diligence of your notes & explanations...
Date: 10/2/2006
Yeah, this is the era when a lot of so called country rock took a right turn into a bland mainstream. I'm sure there will still be plenty of highlights as the series continues.
Date: 10/4/2006
Onward and outward...wahey!