Classic country with a twist

During those long-ago days when I was a lad, if you lived in a town large enough, there were local TV shows showing both kinds of music — country and western — and if you didn’t, there were lots of syndicated shows with the same fare, often airing Saturday afternoon so Dad could watch while you sat there missing whatever sportsball was on. Production values were slightly better than this:

Live in Nashville, this past spring. Who are these guys? Let us turn to SavingCountryMusic.com, which happily endorses such cultural throwbacks:

Country Side of Harmonica Sam is Peter Andersson (pedal steel), Ulrik Jansson (upright bass), Patrik Malmros (drums), Johan Bandling Melin (lead guitar/harmony vocals) and Harmonica Sam (lead vocals/rhythm guitar).

Um, yeah. Swedish guys. This is what you’d have heard if ABBA had grown up listening to Hank, or maybe Ernest Tubb. First person who whines about Cultural Appropriation is invited to step outside.





3 comments

  1. Holly H »

    6 July 2017 · 9:49 am

    Yeah it’s fun. I like country music, if they don’t get too maudlin and preachy. I even learned to love Merle Haggard’s song about not smoking marijuana in Muskogee. Because, eventually, we all knew that it was tongue-in-cheek, and his band smoked it almost as much as Willie.

  2. CGHill »

    6 July 2017 · 12:08 pm

    The Youngbloods satirized it with “Hippie ftom Olema.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujii_Q8-6cU

  3. Holly H »

    7 July 2017 · 10:53 am

    Never heard of them before. I couldn’t understand them well enough so I pulled the lyrics. Sharing:
    HIPPIE FROM OLEMA
    Jessie Colin Young / Youngbloods

    Well i’m proud to be a hippie from olema
    Where we’re friendly to the squares and all the straights
    We still take in strangers if they’re ragged
    We can’t think of anyone to hate

    We don’t watch commercials in olema
    We don’t buy the plastic crap they sell
    We still wear our hair long like folks used to
    And we bathe often, therefore we don’t smell

    Well i’m proud to be a hippie from olema
    Where we’re friendly to the squares and all the straights
    We still take in strangers if they’re ragged
    We can’t think of anyone to hate

    We don’t throw our beer cans on the highway
    We don’t slide a man because he’s black
    We don’t spill our oil out in the ocean
    ’Cause we love birds and fish too much for that

    And i’m proud to be a hippie from olema
    Where we’re friendly to the squares and all the straights
    We still take in strangers if they’re Haggard
    In olema, california, planet earth

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