Hello everyone! Welcome to a new feature on Country Music Minds! As you all may know, we do our best to cover all the current best music out there in Country and Americana. In addition, Andy also writes reviews for past Country/Americana albums which are always great reads.
That’s why I want to personally do something to help cover music from the past. We may have established this blog this year but that doesn’t mean the great music from the past can be totally ignored. That’s why with this feature, I’m hoping to offer up two tracks every day, one fairly recent and one not so fairly recent.
These tracks will be more than simple “tracks of the day” kind of things that we do just for fun. They will serve as additional ways for you guys to discover even more (what I consider to be) great Country/Americana artists as well as reminisce on a song from the past (which you may not know either). I haven’t decided yet if these will replace song reviews or not. To be honest, I don’t feel as comfortable talking about an individual song as I do talking about a complete album. While this is meant to showcase music from past years I wouldn’t be uncomfortable with showcasing new music here either. This will be decided later on down the road however.
Before we move on I just want to state that this piece will only be posted throughout the week. I unfortunately never access to a desktop computer throughout the weekend so I don’t have the ability to post videos and such then.
Without further ado….
Our first ever Country Music Minds track of the day comes courtesy of Austin, Texas native, John Deery. John self-describes his music as a mix of country, Americana, and southern-rock, three genres I personally love. He has released two albums thus far in his career, 2013’s “Burnin’ The Trailer Park Down” (which I highly recommend) as well as 2007’s “Insignificant Other” (also recommended), the album from which this track is from. The tune in question today, “Trail Of Blood” follows the life of a solider and events in his life, including getting shot down in the war, to later raising a family, reminding his kids to always look out for the ones they love and do everything they can to protect them. The final verse sees the solider die from cancer, but not before he reiterates his message to his son. It’s a touching tune filled with some great dobro that is a fitting ending track to the album.
Our second track of the day comes courtesy of Texas legend, Rusty Wier. We hear about all the great legends in country music like Cash, Haggard, Willie, and Waylon. However, there are definitely a large number of artists that unfortunately seem a bit underrated when looking back at our music history. For those that don’t know, Rusty’s discography was quite eclectic, spanning from country to garage rock and even to pop. He is most famous for his hit, “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance”, a minor pop hit that’s been covered by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Chris LeDoux, Todd Snider, John Hiatt, and Barbara Mandrell. The tune up above is a pretty damn humorous track that really captures Rusty’s knack for charismatic live performances, and is solid country gold to boot. In case you’re wondering, that’s Rusty singing with John Deery on his “Trail Of Blood” track up above. Rusty passed away in 2009 from cancer, but his legacy lives on for many, many fans.
Since this is the first Country Music Minds track of the day piece, I think it’s only fitting that we include a bonus track to really secure the “special” aspect of this. Since I covered John Deery and Rusty Wier today, I think it’s only fitting that our bonus video of the day is one of John and Rusty coming together to record Rusty’s famous hit, “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance”. It can’t be stressed enough that both artists sound fantastic live (although they of course sound great in the studio as well).
What do you guys think of this feature? What do you think of the videos? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!