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John Doe, Specifically

January 10, 2010

If it sounds country, man, that’s what it is.  It’s a country song. – Kris Kristofferson

From X to his solo work, John Doe has been a consistently gnar presence on the American music scene.  His two contributions to the I’m Not There  soundtrack are outstanding.  His performance of “The New World” from Pearl Jam’s Live at Easy Street is fantastic (here’s Pearl Jam playing the song with Tim Robbins, of all people).  I was lucky enough to see him twice at the 9:30 Club here in DC, and the guy can play.

His recent album Country Club gets right to the heart of so much that’s great about country music.  The album is stripped of the saccharine gloss Nashville seems to be so fond of these days, even as it refuses to reinvent the wheel.  It’s not post country or alt country or country rock or countrified.  It’s  lovingly messy country music.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. David permalink
    January 11, 2010 8:46 am

    I own the John Doe and the Sadies record (on vinyl). I especially like to listen to it in the summertime while eating hot dogs. America.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 11, 2010 8:53 am

      I am glad you took the time to point out the material from which your copy of the recording is made. My own copy of the record is stored in ferromagnetic material configured in binary digits.

  2. David permalink
    January 11, 2010 8:54 am

    No, no. Thank your for pointing out that you are an incredible nerd.

    • Barry permalink*
      January 11, 2010 9:16 am

      I’m a blogger, for Christ’s sake. Of course I am a nerd.

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