Monday, June 2, 2008

If your eyes are on me, you're lookin' at country!

If you were to make a top 10 list of your favourite country music singers, who would feature? Who would you agonise over having to boot to number 11?
This is the question my new pal Paul over at Setting the Woods on Fire is asking in his country music poll. He invites readers of his blog to submit their personal lists (with reasons, if they feel like explaining themselves!), which he will then aggregate to compile an all-time top 10 list.
As it stands, here is who is in the top 20, with a couple of weeks to go:
1. Johnny Cash
2. Hank Williams
3. Merle Haggard
4. George Jones
5. Willie Nelson
6. Townes Van Zandt
7. Waylon Jennings
8. Patsy Cline
9. Gram Parsons
10. Emmylou Harris
11. Loretta Lynn
12. Buck Owens
13. Bob Wills
14. Louvin Brothers
15. The Carter Family
16. Steve Earle
17. Dwight Yoakam
18. Lucinda Williams
19. Gillian Welch
20. Doug Sahm
Outraged that Loretty isn't in the top 10, or that Hank isn't heading up the list? Or that Dolly doesn't even feature?? Then head across to have your say!
In case you are interested, here is the list I settled upon for now (and an mp3 for each):
1. Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
3. Loretta Lynn - The Pill
4. Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
5. Patsy Cline - He Called Me Baby
6. Wanda Jackson - Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
7. Townes Van Zandt - Tecumseh Valley
8. Dolly Parton - Love is Like A Butterfly
9. Gram Parsons - Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
10. Ray Charles - It's Crying Time Again
Also-rans would include: Gillian Welch, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Kitty Wells, Be Good Tanyas, Sam Baker, The Band and the mighty George Jones.

Have your say!


Paul said...

Thanks for the promo! By the way, I love your list.

You just need to get to know Tom T. Hall a little better, then it will be perfect....

Reggie said...

WHERE oh Where is Dolly Parton ?

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Divinyl said...

I'm afraid I don't know Tom T. Hall at all Paul...I shall endeavour to rectify that!

Hi Reggie, and welcome to CNPB. I couldn't agree with you more...she should definitely be in the top 10 (she is in mine!)...get yourself over to Paul's site and get voting!

Anonymous said...

Cash (natch)
W Nelson (natch)
Hank Williams (natch)
Mother Maybelle (natch)

As these go without saying, they are not included in my list. Otherwise, no Top Ten would be meaningful without at least the following 21 names

Bill Monroe
Lyle Lovett
Johnny Dowd
Louvin Bros
Jerry Lee Lewis
Don Gibson
Jimmy Rodgers
Tom Russell
G Jones
Porter Wagoner
Randy Travis
Merle Travis
Marty Robbins
Roy Acuff
Doc Watson
Bob Wills
Delbert McClinton
Delmore Brothers
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Hawkshaw Hawkins
Ernest Tubb

The Fat Man

boyhowdy said...

I'm with Reggie; thanks for sending him over to rebalance the gender bias in Paul's original list.

Though I still maintain that Gillian Welch is not country music. Amazing americana, worth celebrating, on many other top ten lists...not country music.

Divinyl said...

Hey dad...I've been getting into Lyle Lovett lately, after scorning your love of him as a child. He's got some beautiful songs. And Merle Travis is someone I']m only just getting to know too (I admit my failings), but I know many of his songs by other people already. I realised after the fact that I should have considered including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on my list, but hey ho. And as for Roy Acuff...I didn't think you liked that sort of old-school country?

Divinyl said...

Boyhowdy...I think Gillian Welch could arguably be called country, but I do agree with you, and think that she could arguably be called a lot of things...her music sits on the cusp of so many genres, including country, folk, even bluegrass occasionally...yes, I guess she is Americana or alt-country, but these are such meaningless and non-descriptive terms nowadays aren't they?

loganplow said...

The people who draw me into Country music were Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle. Here was my list, already submitted to Setting The Woods on Fire.
> Johnny Cash
> Dwight Yoakam
> Emmylou Harris
> Hank Williams
> Waylon Jennings
> Merle Haggard
> Willie Nelson
> Ralph Stanley
> Patsy Cline
> George Jones

Contenders include
> Steve Earle
> Billy Joe Shaver
> Dale Watson
> Gram Parsons
> Loretta Lynn
> Buck Owens
> Kelly Willis
> Marty Stuart

Divinyl said...

EXCELLENT list Loganplow! I'm impressed!