- Honky Tonk Heroes: 👍🏻
- Old Five and Dimers Like Me: 🤷♂️
- Willy the Wandering Gypsy and Me: 👍🏻
- Low Down Freedom: 👍🏻
- Omaha: 👍🏻
- You Ask Me To: 👍🏻
- Ride Me Down Easy: 👍🏻
- Ain’t No God in Mexico: 👍🏻
- Black Rose: 👍🏻
- We Had It All: 🤷♂️
I’ve had a cold for the last couple of days. Because of that and a ton of meetings yesterday I didn’t listen to any music while I was working like I usually do. I didn’t listen to any music at all until close to the time I usually go to bed. You Ask Me To has been sitting in my “Shazam screenshots” note for a while. I can’t remember where I heard the song, and I don’t know what prompted me to listen to it last night, but I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed it.
Because I listened to the record so late in the day, I decided not to stay up late to blog about it, and I put it off until today. I’m glad I did, because I had a realization as I was falling asleep last night that I wouldn’t have been able to put into words if I had blogged about this album yesterday right after I finished listening to it.
While I enjoyed Honky Tonk Heroes, the whole time I was listening, I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, yet I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I’ve never been a big country fan. I think I’ve said this here before but that’s largely due to how Pop the Country was that was popular when I was of the age that music made the biggest impact on my life. I didn’t like the pop music then either, so why would I like country? But the more older country I listened to, the more I liked it. This took me a very long time to realize though. Even though I didn’t like modern pop or rock, I did like the older stuff. Yet I never made the connection that I might like old country too.
At any rate, what dawned on me last night was that I absolutely love Southern Rock (EG Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Allman Brothers, etc), and this album was very close to being Southern Rock, but was definitely still actually country. As I did with most of the albums I’ve listened to, I read its Wikipedia page, and discovered that Honky Tonk Heroes is essentially the progenitor of Outlaw Country. Listening to it, I think if you were to think of the Country and Rock genres as a spectrum, Outlaw Country and Southern Rock would be just on either side of the middle of a line graph. So when it felt like something was missing from the album, it was because it’s so close to being Southern Rock, without actually being Southern Rock, that that’s what I was expecting it to sound like.
I’m not sure I’ve explained my thinking very well. The gist of it is this: I really liked this album, and I definitely need to explore Waylon Jennings’ catalog further.