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Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels

Album: Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970 [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Midnight Rider - The Allman Brothers Band
2)    Living on the Open Road - Delaney & Bonnie
3)    Livin' in the Country - Cowboy
4)    Just Another Whistle Stop - The Band
5)    Biloxi - Jesse Winchester
6)    Lazy Days - The Flying Burrito Brothers
7)    Be Real - Doug Sahm/The Sir Douglas Quintet
8)    Best of All Possible Worlds, The - Kris Kristofferson
9)    Casey Jones - Grateful Dead
10)    Farm, The - Jefferson Airplane
11)    Right Before My Eyes - Moby Grape
12)    Joanne - Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
13)    Some of Shelly's Blues - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
14)    Delta Mama Blues - Townes Van Zandt
15)    Walkin' Bum - David Allan Coe
16)    California - Rick Nelson
17)    Just a Country Dream - Eric Andersen
18)    You Better Think Twice - Poco
19)    One Toke Over the Line - Brewer & Shipley
1)    He Darked the Sun - Linda Ronstadt
2)    God's Own Trigger - The Flying Burrito Brothers
3)    Big Bayou - Swampwater
4)    W.S. Walcott Medicine Show, The - The Band
5)    Tobacco Road - David Allan Coe
6)    Charlie's Tune - Goose Creek Symphony
7)    Really My Friend - Country Funk
8)    Truckin' - Grateful Dead
9)    Song for All Seasons, A - Jefferson Airplane
10)    Tell Me a Story - Morning
11)    Silver Moon - Michael Nesmith & the First National Band
12)    Hurry Up - Poco
13)    Where I Lead Me - Townes Van Zandt
14)    Country Boy - Rusty Kershaw
15)    Mare, Take Me Home - The Wildweeds
16)    Snow - Jesse Winchester
17)    Sunday Morning Coming Down - Kris Kristofferson
18)    Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
19)    Delta Mama Blues - Townes Van Zandt
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Performer Notes
  • Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
  • Illustrator: Colin Escott.
  • Photographer: Colin Escott.
  • On the third volume of Bear Family's seven-entry country-rock chronicle Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country-Rock, the label moves into 1970, a year that saw a nascent, long-haired Americana gain popularity but also get a bit weirder. Thanks to the Band's success -- Music from Big Pink turned heads in 1968, but 1969's The Band found its way onto the Billboard Top 10, bringing the group to the cover of Time in the opening weeks of 1970 -- there were now hordes of fellow travelers, including hippies like Jefferson Airplane, trying on overalls for size. The Airplane brought in Jerry Garcia to play steel on "The Farm," one of the 38 tunes featured on this double-disc set, a collection of songs that also includes two cuts from the Grateful Dead's twin '70 releases, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. If the San Franciscan hippies were embracing roots, so were the blissed-out Los Angelenos. Led by Gram Parsons, who spent much of 1970 closing out his run with the Flying Burrito Brothers, these creatures of the Canyon included Mike Nesmith, who was just breaking free from the Monkees, and Rick Nelson, continuing the path they started in 1969 -- a journey that can be heard on the second volume of Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels -- but the '70s saw the rise of idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like Jesse Winchester, Eric Andersen, and Townes Van Zandt, along with Nashville rebels David Allan Coe and Kris Kristofferson, the latter also seeing success via a cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" from Janis Joplin. A new wrinkle came in the form of the wooly, hard-driving rockers from the south, a breed typified by the Allman Brothers Band but also encompassing Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. A lot of the lesser-known names here -- Swampwater, Goose Creek Symphony, Country Funk, Wildweeds -- fall outside of these parameters, skewing closer to the bright, wide-open sound of Poco, a feel that might typify how country-rock felt at the start of the '70s: after all the heaviness of the '60s, it seemed like a new day was dawning. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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