Mix Tape Friday: Country Comfort
As I wrote when I waxed poetic about the Man in Black, I’m a Southern girl and I can't help but love country music. I prefer more traditional country music — Cash and Jones, Carter and Lynn, Haggard and Nelson, Twitty and Parton. Seems many of my favorite artists do, too, by this group of covers.
I’ve wanted to do a tape of country covers for a while. There are some great songwriters, and these interpretations are interesting. I broke one of my rules this week. I’ve included a couple of songs twice — Loretta Lynn’s “Rated X” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man” — because the covers are so completely different.
Grab a pair of jeans and a longnecked Bud, and enjoy today’s hoedown.
R.E.M. :: Dallas
The White Stripes :: Rated X
Wilco :: 100 Years from Now
Syd Straw & The Skeletons :: Harper Valley PTA
Lyle Lovett :: Stand by Your Man
Richard Buckner :: Lovin' Her Was Easier
Shelby Lynne :: I Walk the Line
John Prine + Iris Dement :: (We're Not) The Jet Set
Teddy Thompson :: She Thinks I Still Care
Elvis Costello :: He’s Got You
Gomez :: Wichita Lineman
Beck :: Your Cheatin’ Heart
Cowboy Junkies :: Walkin’ After Midnight
Ryan Adams :: Lovesick Blues
Chris Isaak :: I'm so Lonesome I Could Cry
Grant Lee Phillips :: Hickory Wind
Linda Ronstadt feat. Emmylou Harris :: I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
R.E.M. :: Jackson
The Jayhawks :: Ode to Billy Joe
John Doe :: I Can’t Hold Myself in Line
Kelly Hogan + John Wesley Harding :: It’s Only Make Believe
The Mekons :: Sweet Dreams of You
Wendy O. Williams + Lemmy :: Stand by Your Man
Neko Case & The Sadies :: Rated X
k.d. lang :: Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray
Jeff Buckley :: Satisfied Mind
Joan Osborne :: Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
The Lemonheads :: Brass Buttons
Lucinda Williams :: You Don’t Have Very Far to Go
Marshall Crenshaw :: Silver Wings
The Pretenders + Emmylou Harris :: She
Calexico :: Casey’s Last Ride
Jason & The Scorchers :: Lost Highway
R.E.M. :: King of the Road
Since you’re clutching that Bud, you probably don’t have the extra hand (or dexterity) to right-click each of these, so here’s the zip file.
By now you’re possibly shocked that I didn’t include a cover of “Ring of Fire.” Well, I have so damn many, I’m giving the June Carter-penned Cash classic its own subsection:
Rings of Fire
June Carter Cash
Cigar Store Indians
Wall of Voodoo
Country Joe McDonald
Johnny Cash + Bob Dylan
Have a lovely hoedown of a spring weekend, kids.
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