I can appreciate a lot of music, but sometimes it polarises my response:
Love: Rock, Blues, Psychedelia, Americana, singer-songwriter, Modern Jazz, Reggae,Minimalist etc
Hate: Opera, Country and Western, Hip-hop
So what do you do when a band you’re interested in strays into one of the Hate categories? As I’ve written previously, I missed much of The Byrds first time around and am now playing catch-up. A while back I bought the CD of Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and over a period of time I’ve listened to a few tracks at a time, but the country influences are testing my sensibilities. The thing is, there are other Byrds albums that I really like!
Today I wandered through town checking for old vinyl and found absolutely loads of Country/Country & Western albums. Scanning through I found a compilation of Bluegrass and thought I’d take a punt. I passed on a whole lot of Willie Nelson etc – even Roy Orbison, but there waiting for me was a copy of:
Country influenced, yes, but also blues and psychedelic folk rock. It’s the follow up to ‘Sweetheart’ but oh so much more accessible to my ears. Roger McGuinn had basically recruited a new band and the resulting album did well in the UK, but sold poorly in the USA. I love it!
The album opens with the Dylan/Danko composition ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’ and the following video shows a live performance from 1970. Check out the very straight looking Roger McGuinn and the audience’s dancing!