Show #168 – Beyond The Songs

Every once in awhile it is fun to run a Bakersfield and Beyond show into the “beyond” realm. There is always a way to root some of the music in the west coast country sound and it was just that twang in Neko Case’s song “Guided by Wire” that got the wheels turning for a theme. The line “those who are singing my life back to me,” hit home. So much of the music sings lives back to the listeners. From there the search was on for songs about songs. In some cases songs that mention other songs and in other cases songs about the effect that songs have on the listener.

It’s a whacky playlist that includes the B-52, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow and Lynyrd Skynyrd but there are a few tunes that feature Waylon Jennings and of course, Merle Haggard. BTW, we are pleased to hear that Merle Haggard is doing better and recovering quickly from a recent illness.

Enjoy! Happy Holidays. Back at ya on New Year’s Eve!

Artist Cut Album Label
Tim Hus Bakersfield Music Bushpilot Buckaroo Stony Plain Records
Neko Case Guided By Wire Furnace Room Lullaby Anti/Epitaph
Merle Haggard Sing Me Back Home Best of Berle Haggard EMI
Johnny Paycheck A-11 All Time Greatest Hits Goldenlane Records
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson Write Your Own Songs WWII (Remastered) Buddha
Ron Sexsmith Me, Myself and Wine Forever Endeavour MRI Associated
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Good Music Good Music Blackheart Records
Wynn Stewart Sing A Sad Song The Songs of Wynn Stewart Capitol Records
Gram Parsons A Song for You The Gram Parsons Anthology Warner Bros
Otis Redding Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (sad Song) The Very Best of Otis Redding Rhino
John Fogerty & Miranda Lambert Wrote A Song For Everyone John Fogerty Wrote a Song For Everyone Vanguard
Neil Diamond Song Sung Blue 20th Century Masters MCA
Holly Williams No Surrender Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A. Lightning Rod Records
Stevie Wonder Sir Duke Songs in the Key of Life Motown/Universal
Barry Mann Who Put the Bomp Who Put the Bomp marginal
Carly Simon You’re so Vain Clouds In My Coffee Arista
Barry Manilow You Write The Songs The Essential Barry Manilow Arista
Billy Joel It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me The Essential Billy Joel Sony
Dobie Gray Drift away 22 Original Hits K-Tel
The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music Best of the Doobies Rhino/Warner Bros.
Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music Sweet Soul Music atco
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd Geffen
Waylon Jennings Are You Sure Hank Done it This Way The Essential Waylon Jennings Sony Music Entertainment
The B-52’s Deadbeat Club Time Capsule Rhino/Warner Bros.
Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys Power Of The 45 (Pt. 1) Turntable Matinee Yep Roc Records
Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers Make it Last North of Bakersfield Dionysus

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