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You'll need to make the lines cool with timing and tone usually, the cardinal rule in country is Don't Step On the Vocal.

 

Here's some old school tunes that sound good with walky jazzy lines (preferably on a on a gut-strung upright)

 

Set the Woods On Fire and Can't Get You Off of My Mind by Hank Williams

 

Right or Wrong by Bob Wills - In fact if you're looking into playing C&W right Bob Wills is THE place to start.

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Seriously, I heard nothing country in that at all.

 

 

 

That's what I've been saying for some time!

 

Here's some country with some funky! Check out about 1:00

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Brooks & Dunn stuff around this era:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ng-K6AfuNR0

 

Amarillo Highway by Robert Earl Keen. There is a live version floating around somewhere that has a fun-to-play line:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rw-VIlPy0yI

 

Independence Day

http://youtube.com/watch?v=nYENO6r5vVo

 

Mustang Burn

http://youtube.com/watch?v=e_jcAA3ckH4

 

Suspicious Minds (Dwight Yoakum's bassist gives it a bit of a twist at the start)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0V74A6Q0--o

 

T-R-O-U-B-L-E Travis Tritt

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rIiI2OWbyNM

 

Before He Cheats Again

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vSG4Cml7HXs

 

There are others.

The above are not the "typical" so-called country cliche bass line.

Those are everywhere.

All of the bassists on the above offer very good exercise and things to learn.

The Brooks & Dunn one has an agressive tone that is most enjoyed by Crabs.

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Brooks & Dunn stuff around this era:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Ng-K6AfuNR0


Amarillo Highway by Robert Earl Keen. There is a live version floating around somewhere that has a fun-to-play line:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rw-VIlPy0yI



Mustang Burn

http://youtube.com/watch?v=e_jcAA3ckH4


Suspicious Minds (Dwight Yoakum's bassist gives it a bit of a twist at the start)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=0V74A6Q0--o



 

You're halfway there!!! :D Amarillo Highway was originally recorded by Terry Allen. That version is kick ass.

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That's what I've been saying for some time!

 

 

Me too, but usually they throw in some fiddle or pedal steel to country it up a bit. I didn't hear any of that. Beyond that, new country is pretty much rock with a twang, but this was disco, pure and simple.

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Right or Wrong by Bob Wills - In fact if you're looking into playing C&W right Bob Wills is THE place to start.

 

the George Strait version is much easier to take. One of my favorite tunes.

 

Also check out Faster Car by Keith Urban, A lot of the red dirt guys are writing cool bass lines too

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Me too, but usually they throw in some fiddle or pedal steel to country it up a bit. I didn't hear any of that. Beyond that, new country is pretty much rock with a twang, but this was disco, pure and simple.

 

 

Definitions have changed, too. When I wasa coming up the Eagles were a rock band, banjo or not.

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Streets Of Bakersfield - Buck Owens

 

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Most of the country lines I like to play are on remade songs by bands like Cake. Their take of "Excuse Me, I Think I've Got A Heartache" is fun as all get out.

 

I really like the groove you can get into play a good walking line.

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Songs I enjoy playing because it breaks up any monotony going on:

 

George Strait: Ace in the Hole, Something Special, Drinking Champagne, The Man In Love With You, I Cross My Heart

 

Willie Nelson: NightLife, StarDust, Angel Flying Too Close

 

Earl Thomas Conley: Holding Her, Loving You

 

Various groups: Fox on the Run, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms, Rocky Top

 

There are lots of others, but what is cool to some might not be cool to others. YMMV.

 

 

EDIT: These are songs on our playlist. On any given night, you might hear all of them.

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