Episode 1509: Blues Reinterprets Country

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This week, we take a walk down to the crossroads of Blues and Country music. These two genres shaped American popular music in the 20th century, and gave birth to many other music genres. The two styles are remarkably similar, arising mostly out of rural cultures and poorer socio-economic conditions.

The playlist features reinterpretations of classic Country songs by Blues artists, all coming off recent releases. You’ll hear new versions of classic songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and many others. When you look at this week’s playlist, you’ll notice the name of the Country artist who recorded or wrote each song in parentheses.

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The featured selection from inside “Johnny’s Mailbox” is “She’s Got You,” a cover of the Patsy Cline song by Rhiannon Giddens. Giddens is the frontwoman for old time Blues and Country group The Carolina Chocolate Drops. She has now released a solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which was produced by T Bone Burnett and features additional covers of tracks recorded by Sister Rosette Tharpe, Nina Simone and Odetta.

If you look below this week’s playlist, you’ll find a video of Rhiannon’s cover of the Dolly Parton track “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind.” Tomorrow Is My Turn is available now. Click Here to sample tracks.Click Here to Visit RihannonGiddens.com

1. Sunday Wilde – Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline) – He Digs Me
2. David Vest – Ramblin’ Man (Hank Williams) – Roadhouse Revelation
3. Mississippi Heat – Your Cheating Heart (Hank Williams) – Warning Shot
4. Ray Bonneville – So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams) – Easy Gone
5. Damon Fowler – I’m Just an Old Chunk Of Coal (Billy Joe Shaver) – Sugar Shack
6. Johnny Riley – Johnny Riley – Long Black Veil (Lefty Frizzell) – Have Mercy On Me
7. Whitey Johnson – Worry B Gone (Willie Nelson) – Whitey Johnson
8. Hans Theessink – The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash) – Jedermann Remixed
9. The Bopcats – Get Rhythm (Johnny Cash) – 25 Years Of Rock n’ Roll
10. Roly Platt – Bartender’s Blues (George Jones) – Inside Out
11. Nathan James – I’m Gonna Leave (Freddy Fender) – Natural Born That Way
12. Terry Hanck – There’s No Gettin’ Over Me (Ronnie Milsap) – Gotta Bring It On Home To You
13. Professor Harp – Sugaree (Marty Robbins) – They Call Me The Professor
14. Rhiannon Giddens – She’s Got You (Patsy Cline) – Tomorrow Is My Turn

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