- Jun 25, 2015
- New England
Apologies if this has been done before here, I did a quick search and didn't find anything...another recent thread on country music inspired this. I will admit up front that I am for from the biggest fan of country on this board and pretty much hate country pop (and most pop in general). My dad was a big fan and I heard lots of country while growing up, mostly on TV...Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens, that generation. Dad was a fan of Don Williams and Charlie McCoy in particular, neither was a favorite of mine. I was interested in Hank Williams at one time and tried to get into him, but he just wasn't for me. I only have a smattering of country songs in my collection, although folk and bluegrass have a somewhat stronger presence. My favorite genres are blues and punk. That said, a really great country song is just that, great...certain songs rom any genre just make me soar and I can listen to them over and over. What do you think is the greatest country song? My answer is "Amarillo By Morning"...a spare, elegant, sad song with just enough hope to be uplifting in the end ("I ain't got a dime but what I got is mine, I ain't rich but Lord I'm free"). The original recording by Terry Stafford was just a big schmaltzy for me, but George Srait perfected it. What say you??