Harmony Central Forums
Announcement Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

What songs are the bar-band standards in country music?

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse









X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • What songs are the bar-band standards in country music?

    The various discussions about cover band standards like Brown Eyed Girl, Sweet Home Alabama, and Mustang Sally got me to thinking: surely country bands have their own set of standard classic tunes that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.... songs that every band has in their back pocket, just as every rock band has BEG, SHA, and M in theirs.

    But having no background whatsoever in country music, I haven't a clue what those tunes would be. Friends in Low Places probably qualifies....but beyond that, I have no clue.

    Any suggestions?

  • #2
    Folsom Prison Blues (Cash)
    Family Tradition (Hank Jr.)

    Both ALWAYS go over well when we play them. Our audience is from 30s to 50s and older. They don't want to hear any of the new crap that tries to call itself country music.

    Comment


    • #3
      I know a lot about country music and believe it or not, your question is a good one, but impossible to answer. For one thing, there are too many definitions of 'country music.' One person might get off on Ray Price songs and the next, ready to barf. Same could be said for Garth or any number of artists. It's kind of a divisive genre. Again, a good question but I don't think there are 'standards.' Can't go wrong with Cash, though, for sure. Even in a rock setting.
      :::

      Bill

      Comment


      • #4
        We tend to play a mixture of country classics like cash, merel, waylon, and mix in some what I call classic modern country. like strait, brooks, yokum, etc and texas songwriter stuff... and top it off with some classic rock. We take a shotgun approach to it and its proven to make us a popular band

        We are a variety band that goes for the 30 to geezer crowd that also has a originals that are popular with the fan base. My suggestion , ,play what you like and play it well. You are also going to end up playing some things that you may not like that well too. its all good ..
        "you mess with him and you mess with the whole trailer park"

        Comment


        • #5
          "Cotton Eyed Joe" seems to be one I see on just about every country bands songlist.
          _________________________________________________
          band websites:
          http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
          https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
          https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
          http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

          Comment


          • #6
            Depends on what you consider Country Music. Are you talking classic country or what passes for country today?

            I too know quite a few country songs but anything recognizable by Hank Sr., Johnny Cash, Buck Owens Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson should cover all the bases.

            Now if you are talking more modern than it'd have to be Garth Brookes, Brooks & Dunn, Dwight Yoakam, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, or Clint Black tunes.

            Hank Sr. - Hey Good Lookin', Love Sick Blues, Mind Your Own Business, I'm Still In Love With You, Tear In My Beer, Cold Cold Heart, I'm So Lonesome I could Cry
            Johnny Cash - Big River, I Still Miss Someone
            Buck Owens - Under Your Spell Again
            Merle Haggard - Okeh From Muskogee, The Bottle Let Me Down, Sing Me Back Home
            George Jones - She Thinks I Still Care, The Race Is On
            Waylon Jennings - Are you Sure Hank Done It This Way?
            Willie Nelson - Hello Walls, Whiskey River, Crazy (Patsy Cline)
            Guitars = Chick Magnet
            Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
            You do the math.


            HCAG Civil Posters Society, Charter Member #002.
            Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins

            Comment


            • #7
              Dukes of Hazzard theme, whoever the artist is...think it's Merle.

              Comment


              • #8
                Amarillo by morning

                Comment


                • #9
                  Dukes of Hazzard theme, whoever the artist is...think it's Merle.


                  It's Waylon.
                  Guitars = Chick Magnet
                  Guitar Hero = Guy Magnet
                  You do the math.


                  HCAG Civil Posters Society, Charter Member #002.
                  Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music. - Albert Collins

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Merle Haggard - Okeh From Muskogee, The Bottle Let Me Down, Sing Me Back Home


                    I'd probably add "Mama Tried" to that list?
                    _________________________________________________
                    band websites:
                    http://www.JumpStartYourParty.com
                    https://www.gigmasters.com/Rock/Jump-Start
                    https://www.facebook.com/JumpStartYourParty
                    http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/jumps...587fe5f12.html

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I'd probably add "Mama Tried" to that list?


                      We just added that one. It's done well so far.
                      Jukejoint Handmedowns (my band)

                      Find our album on iTunes!

                      A Month of Songs (Songwriting blog)







                      Originally Posted by gennation


                      Neither of us is gay or anything, it just happened.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        This thread couldn't come at a better time for me - my band was just talking about rocking up some classic country tunes to appeal to the masses. (we're a hard rock cover band in Kansas) You folks have given me a great point of departure, thanks a bunch

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          You never even called me by name-David Allen Coe

                          Friends in Low Places-Garth Brooks

                          I Love this Bar-Toby Keith

                          Eastbound and Down-Jerry Reed
                          www.reverbnation.com/smokinscottpowell

                          www.reverbnation.com/southernsocial

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            ANY Zac Brown is hot right now- Chicken Fried, Toes and Knee Deep seem to go over wherever I am. No offense to anyone but I can't stand most country music. I just can't get enough of the Zac Brown Band though. Just like other good music- skip past the radio stuff and you'll **************** yourself at the quality of musicianship and writing.
                            Just Darrell Web Site

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Yeah, I love the Zac Brown Band.
                              Kickin' it in the sticks...

                              Comment



                              Working...
                              X