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    When I play acoustically and solo, I get a lot of compliments about my "lonesome" sound. well, others have had other adjectives for it, but that one was my favorite.

    So I'm seriously thinking of changing my setlist from the bluesy oriented thing to more of a sound like Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Prine.

    What do you do that would fit that genre? I'm also working in the occasional Merle Haggard type stuff, just because I like it.
    The "artist" formerly known as RKO

  • #2
    Well, if you're cool with the first three plus Merle, you can probably handle any country or country & western song that you like.

    Here's a rather long list of my very favorite country songs :

    Alan Jackson Here In the Real World

    Alison Krauss You Say it Best When You Say Nothing at All

    Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys New San Antonio Rose

    Buck Owens Act Naturally

    Buck Owens Buckaroo

    Buck Owens Johnny B. Goode

    Buck Owens Together Again

    Buck Owens Under Your Spell Again

    Buck Owens & Rose Maddox Loose Talk

    Charlie Pride The Last Thing on My Mind

    Charlie Pride Just Between You and Me

    Charlie Pride Shutters and Boards

    Charlie Pride Six Days on the Road

    Dan Seals Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)

    Dave Dudley Six Days On the Road

    Doc Watson Tennessee Stud

    Doc Watson Way Downtown

    Dolly Parton Jolene

    Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me

    Don Gibson Sea of Heartbreak

    Don Gibson Blue Blue Day

    Don Williams She Never Knew Me (Single Version)

    Don Williams Good Ole Boys Like Me (Single Version)

    Don Williams Amanda

    Don Williams I Don't Think About Her No More

    Emmylou Harris Beneath Still Waters

    Emmylou Harris Boulder to Birmingham

    Emmylou Harris One of These Days

    Emmylou Harris Sweet Dreams (Live)

    Emmylou Harris (Lost His Love) On Our Last Date

    Emmylou Harris Pancho and Lefty

    Emmylou Harris & Don Williams If I Needed You

    Everly Brothers All I Have To Do Is Dream

    Everly Brothers Devoted To You

    Everly Brothers Let It Be Me

    Everly Brothers So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad)

    Everly Brothers Love Hurts

    Everly Brothers Barbara Allen

    Floyd Cramer Last Date

    George Jones All I have to Offer You is Me

    George Jones A Good Year for the Roses

    George Jones Old Brush Arbors

    George Jones Tender Years

    George Jones They'll Never Take Her Love from Me

    George Jones Things have Gone to Pieces

    George Jones Say It's Not You

    George Jones She Thinks I Still Care

    George Jones The Race is On

    George Jones White Lightning

    George Jones Faded Love

    George Jones Not What I had in Mind

    George Jones A Girl I Used to Know

    George Jones I'll Share My Word With You

    George Jones The Window Up Above

    George Jones & Melba Montgomery We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds

    Gram Parsons Streets of Baltimore

    Gram Parsons Brass Buttons

    Gram Parsons Cash on the Barrelhead / Hickory Wind

    Gram Parsons In My Hour of Darkness

    Gram Parsons Love Hurts

    Gram Parsons Return of the Grievous Angel

    Hank Snow (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such As I

    Hank Snow I'm Moving On

    Hank Snow Ninety Miles an Hour (Down a Dead End Street)

    Hank Snow I've Been Everywhere

    Hank Williams I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

    Hank Williams Jambalaya, On the Bayou

    Hank Williams Mansion On the Hill

    Hank Williams Move It On Over

    Hank Williams Your Cheatin' Heart

    Hank Williams Half As Much

    Hank Williams Lost Highway

    Ian Tyson Navajo Rug

    Ian Tyson Summer Wages

    Ian Tyson Old Cheyenne

    Ian Tyson Four Strong Winds

    Jim Reeves He'll Have To Go

    Jimmie Davis You Are My Sunshine

    Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel (Mule Skinner)

    Jimmie Rodgers Waiting For A Train

    Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues

    Johnny Cash Five Feet High and Rising

    Johnny Cash Guess Things Happen That Way

    Johnny Cash I Walk the Line

    Johnny Cash Rock Island Line

    Johnny Cash The Ways of a Woman In Love

    Johnny Cash Get Rhythm

    Johnny Cash Wreck of the Old 97

    Johnny Cash Ring of Fire

    Kathy Mattea Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses

    Lefty Frizzell Saginaw, Michigan

    Lefty Frizzell Long Black Veil

    Lefty Frizzell Stranger

    Lefty Frizzell My Rough and Rowdy Ways

    Lucinda Williams Drunken Angel

    Lyle Lovett God Will

    Lyle Lovett If I Were The Man You Wanted

    Lyle Lovett The Waltzing Fool

    Marty Robbins El Paso

    Maybelle Carter I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes

    Maybelle Carter Keep on the Sunny Side

    Maybelle Carter Wildwood Flower

    Maybelle Carter Will the Circle Be Unbroken

    Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home

    Merle Haggard Today I Started Loving You Again

    Merle Haggard What Have You Got Planned Tonight, Diana

    Merle Haggard Carolyn

    Merle Haggard If We Make it Through December

    Merle Haggard Silver Wings

    Merle Travis Dark as a Dungeon

    Merle Travis Nine Pound Hammer

    Patsy Cline Faded Love

    Patsy Cline Crazy

    Patsy Cline I Fall to Pieces

    Patsy Cline She's Got You

    Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams

    Patsy Cline Walking After Midnight

    Randy Travis On The Other Hand

    Randy Travis The Storms Of Life

    Randy Travis Diggin' Up Bones

    Randy Travis No Place Like Home

    Randy Travis 1982

    Ray Price Crazy Arms

    Ray Price City Lights

    Ray Price Heartaches By the Number

    Ray Price I've Got a New Heartache

    Riders In The Sky Wasteland

    Rodney Crowell 'Til I Gain Control Again

    Roger Miller King Of The Road

    Rosanne Cash The Way We Make a Broken Heart

    Roy Acuff I Saw the Light

    Slim Critchlow The Brazos River

    Slim Critchlow The Trusty Lariat

    The Sons of the Pioneers Cool Water

    The Sons Of The Pioneers Tumbling Tumbleweeds

    The Sons of the Pioneers Way out There

    Tom T. Hall Pamela Brown

    Webb Pierce I Don't Care

    Webb Pierce In the Jailhouse Now

    Webb Pierce Slowly

    Webb Pierce There Stand the Glass

    Wilf Carter Blue Canadian Rockies

    Willie Nelson Funny How Time Slips Away

    Willie Nelson Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)


    • #3
      That is a GREAt list! Thanks!
      The "artist" formerly known as RKO


      • #4
        Guy Clark

        Rodney Crowell (check out the teenage Steve Earl)

        The Louvin Brothers

        Guitars = Chick Magnet
        Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
        You do the math.

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        Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins


        • #5
          Forgot about Guy Clark. Thanks, OGP.
          The "artist" formerly known as RKO


          • #6
            You guys pretty much covered everything I was going to say verbatim. I didn't see Cold, Cold Heart on the Hank list. I like that one for a good yodelin' bawl.

            I actually have that Louvin Brothers album on vinyl.

            I wish we could all sit down with these lists and jam! I LOVE old country. If there was one style of music I could play exclusively 'til I die, that would be it.


            • #7

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              • #8
                If your act is now blues oriented, you might wanna go even further back than the Louvins for a few tunes







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                  • #10
                    Work in some texas songwriter stuff. fits well with old and new country and classic rock. typically you can feed this stuff in and end up with a setlist that has great songs that not many groups do all that well.
                    "you mess with him and you mess with the whole trailer park"