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 Post subject: 100 Greatest Americana Songs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:16 pm 
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100 Greatest Americana Songs

Background: Americana is a subset of American roots music, best
defined as "classic American music" ranging in style from & including elements of folk,
country blues, bluegrass, alternative country, rockabilly, neo traditional & roots rock.


Criteria:These songs were chosen for best identifying, inspiring & encapsulating the heart of tradition and the American experience. As with all lists, this is a subjective list and makes no claim of an official nature

List compiled by and Editor:Rick Varner
Link: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_songs-Americana.html


1. American Music - The Blasters
2. Tecumseh Valley - Townes Van Zandt
3. Honky Tonk Masqueade - Joe Ely
4. City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman
5. Boulder To Birmingham - Emmylou Harris
6. Taxes On The Farmer, Feeds Us All - Ry Cooder
7. Tear Stained Eye - Son Volt
8. Hello In There - John Prine
9. Copperhead Road - Steve Earle
10. Choctaw Bingo - James McMurtry
11. Desperado's Waiting For The Train - Guy Clark
12. California Bloodlines - John Stewart
13. King of California - Dave Alvin
14. Car Wheels On a Gravel Road - Lucinda Williams
15. No Depression - Uncle Tupelo
16. Sin City - The Flying Burrito Brothers
17. Leaving Louisiana In The Broad Daylight - Rodney Crowell
18. Memphis In The Meantime - John Hiatt
19. Purgatory Road - Ray Wylie Hubbard
20. Boomer's Story - Ry Cooder
21. Rio Grande - Dave Alvin
22. Christmas In Washington - Steve Earle
23. Mr Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
24. L.A. Freeway - Guy Clark
25. Common Man - The Blasters
26. F.D.R. In Trinidad - Ry Cooder
27. Long White Cadillac - The Blasters
28. Gabriel's Mother's Hiway Ballad #16 Blues - Arlo Guthrie
29. New Madrid - Uncle Tupelo
30. Green Blanket - Peter Case
31. From A Kitchen Table - Dave Alvin
32. Eats Away The Night - Butch Hancock
33. Atmosphere - Son Volt
34. The Dark - Guy Clark
35. Highway Kind - Townes Van Zandt
36. Turn Your Radio On - John Hartford
37. The Last of The True Believers - Nanci Griffith
38. Paradise Etc - Peter Case
39. Me and Billy The Kid - Joe Ely
40. Train Leaves Here This Morning - Dilliard and Clark
41. Sundown - Rank and File
42. Brass Buttons - Gram Parsons
43. Someday - Steve Earle
44. Nine Volt Heart - Dave Alvin
45. Boxcars - Joe Ely
46. Billy The Kid - Ry Cooder
47. Concrete and Barbed Wire - Lucinda Williams
48. Musta Notta Gotta Lotta - Joe Ely
49. God's Own Jukebox - Jesse Winchester
50. Tennessee Plates - John Hiatt
51. Pancho and Lefty - Townes Van Zandt
52. Passenger Side - Wilco
53. I Am The Ride - Chris Smither
54. Windfall - Son Volt
55. Dust of The Chase - Ray Wylie Hubbard
56. Whiskey Bottle - Uncle Tupelo
57. The Pugilist at 59 - Tom Russell
58. Jericho Road - Steve Earle
59. Drive South - John Hiatt
60. Take Me With You (When You Go) - The Jayhawks
61. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
62. Presidential Rag - Arlo Guthrie
63. Spell of Wheels - Peter Case
64. Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song) - Steve Earle
65. Many A Long & Lonesome Highway - Rodney Crowell
66. Trudy and Dave - John Hiatt
67. Link of Chain - Chris Smither
68. Making Pies - Patty Griffin
69. We Can't Make It Here - James McMurtry
70. Highway 17 - Rodney Crowell
71. If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett
72. Blackjack David - Dave Alvin
73. Cooler-N-Hell - Ray Wylie Hubbard
74. Lost In The Ozone - Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
75. Dallas - The Flatlanders
76. 6 String Belief - Son Volt
77. Darkest Hour - Arlo Guthrie
78. Return of The Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
79. Red Rose - The Blasters
80. The Great Comprimise - John Prine
81. The Brand New Tennessee Waltz - Jesse Winchester
82. The Beauty Way - Ray Wylie Hubbard
83. Gold - John Stewart
84. Some Humans Ain't Human - John Prine
85. Drive In Movies & Dashboard Lights - Nanci Griffith
86. Braden River - Chris Smither
87. Pocatello - James McMurtry
88. In My Own Mind - Lyle Lovett
89. Kerosene Hat - Cracker
90. Roving Gambler - Peter Case
91. Play Me The Waltz of The Angels - The Derailers
92. Dancing With The Women at The Bar - Whiskeytown
93. Clay Pigeons - John Prine
94. I've Got My Pride (But I Got To Feed The Kids) - Rodney Crowell
95. Mercenary Song - Steve Earle
96. Movin' The Country - BR5-49
97. What Work Is - Tom Russell
98. Empty Baseball Park - Whiskeytown
99. Photograph - Charlie Robison
100. Screw You, We're From Texas - Ray Wylie Hubbard

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101. Baby Likes To Rock It - The Tractors
102. I've Been To Memphis - Lyle Lovett
103. Old America - Tom Russell
104. Slate - Uncle Tupelo
105. Abilene - Dave Alvin
106. The South Coast of Texas - Guy Clark
107. The Streets of Baltimore - Gram Parsons
108. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
109. Andersonville - Dave Alvin
110. U.S. Steel - Tom Russell
111. Crescent City - Lucinda Williams
112. Blue Umbrella - John Prine
113. Hey Mr President - The Warren Brothers
114. Casino Queen - Wilco
115. Ten Degrees - J.D. Crowe & The New South
116. Moses - Patty Griffin
117. Pineola - Lucinda Williams
118. 1000 Dollar Car - The Bottle Rockets
119. Coulda Shoulda Woulda - Peter Case
120. Letter To Laredo - Joe Ely
121. Oh My Sweet Carolina - Ryan Adams
122. Bag of Bones - Guy Clark
123. Grand Central Station March 18, 1978 - Steve Forbert
124. Comeback - The Warren Brothers
125. Christmas Morning - Lyle Lovett
126. Burgundy Shoes - Patty Griffin
127. I Got Mine - Ry Cooder
128. Back Into The World - Son Volt
129. Last Train To Amsterdam - Ray Wylie Hubbard
130. Immigrant Eyes - Guy Clark
131. Nothing At All - The Waco Brothers
132. Angelyne - The Jayhawks
133. Trains - Ryan Adams
134. New Orleans Waltz - Grayson Capps
135. I Ain't Long Like This - Rodney Crowell
136. Horseshoe - The North Mississippi Allstars
137. Last Lonely Eagle - New Riders of The Purple Sage
138. Carl Perkins Cadillac - The Drive By Truckers
139. Washboard Lisa - Grayson Capps
140. Water When The Well Is Dry - Buddy Miller
141. Inn Town - Whiskeytown
142. Road of Ruin - The Beat Farmers
143. Tulsa Queen - Emmylou Harris
144. Bem McCulloch - Steve Earle
145. Radio King - Golden Smog
146. Ooh Las Vegas - Gram Parsons
147. Rock of Ages - Gillian Welch
148. Laredo Rose - The Texas Tornado's
149. Farewell Angelina - New Riders of The Purple Sage
150. I Must Be High - Wilco
151. Snake Farm - Ray Wylie Hubbard
152. January 23-30 1978 - Steve Forbert
153. The Kid From Spavinaw - Tom Russell
154. Boats To Build - Guy Clark
155. 1968 - Dave Alvin
156. Riverside - The Beat Farmers
157. Epitaph - Blue Mountain
158. The Beautiful Lie - The Amazing Rhythm Aces
159. Moon Song - Emmylou Harris
160. Cold River - John Hiatt
161. Oh No, Not Another One - Doug Sahm
162. Cold Dog Soup - Guy Clark
163. Lungs - Townes Van Zandt
164. Wild Northland - Kingfish
165. Two More Bottles of Wine - Emmylou Harris
166. Teen Angst - Cracker
167. Southern Baptist Heartbreak - The Warren Brothers
168. Beaujolais - The BoDeans
169. Down The Road - Steve Earle
170. Streets of Sin - Joe Ely
171. The River's Gonna Run - Buddy & Julie Miller
172. A1 On The Jukebox - BR5-49
173. Easy Wind - The Grateful Dead
174. Highway In The Wind - Arlo Guthrie
175. How Can I Miss You, When You Won't Go Away - Dan Hicks/Hot Licks
176. 16 Days - Whiskeytown
177. Ridin' Out The Storm - Rodney Crowell
178. Hammers and Nails - Radney Foster
179. A Train Robbery - Levon Helm
180. Six Hours Ahead of The Sun - Steve Goodman
181. Seven Days - Cracker
182. Old School - Russell Smith
183. Healing Bones - Jules Shear
184. Sell A Lot of Beer - The Warren Brothers
185. Thrice All American - Neko Case
186. So I'll Run - Jimmie Dale Gilmore
187. Christ For President - Billy Bragg & Wilco
188. Long Walking Down To Misery - The Beau Brummels
189. Trust Jesus - Slobberbone
190. Victoria Lee - The Old 97's
191. American Hotel - Tom Russell
192. Dire Wolf - The Grateful Dead
193. Oklahoma Dust - The Notorious Cherry Bombs
194. Jerusalum Tomorrow - David Olney
195. Love Reunited - The Desert Rose Band
196. Bethlehem Steel - Grant Lee Buffalo
197. Moonshine - The North Mississippi Allstars
198. Broken Down Row - The Waco Brothers
199. My Front Pages - Arlo Guthrie
200. Rock This Town - The Stray Cats


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Americana Songs
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:35 am 
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JJ Cale: Goodbye Old Friend

JJ Cale was nothing if not organic. Simple tunes with simple melodies and a blues bent were his trademark. He wasn’t a bad guitarist either, but Cale himself admits he knew he’d have to do more than play guitar if he was going to put food on the table. He had written “After Midnight” in 1962 and gotten on with his life, all but giving up on a music career. Then a young fellow named Eric Clapton recorded and released the song in 1970 and as Cale tells it, when he heard Eric doing “After Midnight” on the radio, he decided he really was a songwriter after all. Two years later, JJ Cale released his “Naturally” album which contained, among other songs, ”They Call Me The Breeze,” “After Midnight,” and the seminal “Magnolia.”
The rest, as they say, is history.
Eric Clapton’s career was intertwined with JJ Cale’s throughout the years not only by the Cale compositions he recorded and performed, but by JJ Cale’s undeniable influence on Eric’s musical stylings. The two shared a mutual admiration for each other and the relationship culminated with the recording of “The Road To Escondido,” in 2006, a Grammy Award winning collaboration between the two.
Clearly Eric Clapton and JJ Cale were on the same wavelength. Clearly they were friends.
Clapton once told Vanity Fair Magazine that JJ Cale was the one living person he most admired, and Cale told The Associated Press: “I’d probably be selling shoes today if it wasn’t for Eric.”
I'm not so sure that JJ Cale would have wound up selling shoes if not for the Clapton breakthrough, but he sure has left a unique pair of shoes to fill with his passing. There undoubtedly sits somewhere in this world tonight, a sad Englishman and his Stratocaster guitar, saying goodbye to an old friend.

A great Americana artist ( and other genre's ) who should be on this list. Since I'm the list maker I will correct my oversight asap.


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 Post subject: Re: 100 Greatest Americana Songs
PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 9:48 am 
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Rick, I'm not really familiar with this genre and with some of the artists on the list. Is Americana basically a genre that is only done by white people?


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