Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Mixtape Wednesday: Country, Bluegrass & Blues



My mixtape this week is quite heavily inspired by having been in Tennessee a fortnight ago. No matter how you think you feel about country music, it seeps into your blood if you spend more than half an hour in Nashville and you end up liking it - you can't help it, especially after a night of dancing, honky tonk style, to live covers of songs like this:-



And a little bit of Sweet Home Alabama:-



I went to a show at the Grand Ole Opry (like a loser, it took me a week to learn how to pronounce 'opry' correctly) where I saw Point of Grace performing this song:-



And despite thinking that it wouldn't be my sort of thing AT ALL (and it's still not), it was catchy and I loved it.

I also cannot stop listening to this song:-



(and laughing my little head off. Hilarious.)

Road tripping cross country from Nashville to Memphis was all about appropiate road music. We're talking roll down the windows, stare straight into the sun, overtake a lorry and pretend you're in Dual, open road, whoop at the sky and leave all your troubles behind music:-



(Incidentally, El Camino by The Black Keys was recorded in Nashville)

You also need something you can throw your head back and sing along to, with the memory of your last great night out in your head:-



Down in Memphis, with the humidity and the wide river and the giant blue skies and the neon lights, it's all about the blues:-



And since I've been home, I've been listening to a lot of Jack White attempting to rap:-



Whilst in Memphis, I got played the supposed first ever rock and roll song from 1951:-



And for the way home, there needs to be something a bit chilled out, so you can drift off to sleep whilst watching the scenery blur past you:-



Wednesday Mixtape List:-

1.)Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
2.)Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama
3.)Point of Grace - Love & Laundry
4.)Kenny Chesney - She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
5.)The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines
6.)Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
7.)Joe Bonamassa - Color and Shape
8.) Jack White - Freedom at 21
9.)Jackie Brenston and the Delta Cats - Rocket 88
10.) Mark Lanegan - Harborview Hospital