161 episodes

Some call it old country; classic country; real country. We call it traditional country, and that's exactly what we do here at "If That Ain't Country".

For three hours each week, we feature the very best traditional country, honky tonk, bluegrass and western swing from the golden years 'til today. It's pretty simple but we think you'll like it.

Hosted by Western Red - it's US country with an Australian twist, keeping true to the traditions that make country great.

With a genuine love and deep respect for the foundations of the genre, the legends are right alongside the best of today's independent artists - a mix you won't find anywhere else.

For more information, email: westernred@ifthataintcountry.net.

Become a supporter of this podcast (with thanks!!): www.patreon.com/ifthataintcountry

If That Ain't Country Western Red

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    • 4.7 • 96 Ratings

Some call it old country; classic country; real country. We call it traditional country, and that's exactly what we do here at "If That Ain't Country".

For three hours each week, we feature the very best traditional country, honky tonk, bluegrass and western swing from the golden years 'til today. It's pretty simple but we think you'll like it.

Hosted by Western Red - it's US country with an Australian twist, keeping true to the traditions that make country great.

With a genuine love and deep respect for the foundations of the genre, the legends are right alongside the best of today's independent artists - a mix you won't find anywhere else.

For more information, email: westernred@ifthataintcountry.net.

Become a supporter of this podcast (with thanks!!): www.patreon.com/ifthataintcountry

    Ep. 602 - Hugh X. Lewis - Country Fever

    Ep. 602 - Hugh X. Lewis - Country Fever

    In this week's episode we're featuring Kentucky's Hugh X. Lewis' fourth album for Kapp Records: "Country Fever" (1968). A high school buddy and his songwriting chops lead him to Nashville in 1963 and after Paul Cohen signed him to Kapp, Lewis cut some super material through our feature album's release (which was his last for the label). Lewis' wrote or co-wrote nine of his fifteen charting singles so it's no surprise his hand is prolific on "Country Fever" (particularly the B-side) and it's a better album for it.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Ray Pillow - Even When It's Bad It's Good!

    Ray Pillow - Even When It's Bad It's Good!

    In this week's episode we're featuring an album from the wonderful Ray Pillow: "Even When It's Bad It's Good!" (1967). From Lynchburg, Virginia and a Grand Ole Opry favourite for more than fifty years, Pillow's rich and smooth baritone drew comparisons to Dean Martin over his long career. And though he hailed from Virignia, folks often thought he was Texan for his love of country shuffles. Our feature album delivers in spades and proves Pillow's back catalogue is well worth digging into.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Sean Burns - Lost Country

    Sean Burns - Lost Country

    In this week's episode we return to Canada for a fresh new release from Winnipeg's Sean Burns: "Lost Country" (2023). After some spitballing with guitar slinger and buddy Grant Siemens, Burns' came up with the idea of recording an album of all-Canadian, mostly unknown country covers and it came together quickly. Recorded and released in between gigging as part of Corb Lund's band, "Lost Country" is delivered with bravado, swagger and reverence all at the same time. If hearing good material for the first time is up your alley, Sean Burns' "Lost Country" will be too.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Red's Country Ladies

    Red's Country Ladies

    This week it's all gals! More than just Dolly, it's three hours of the very best female voices of traditional country, honky tonk, bluegrass and western swing and nothing but.

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Pat Patterson - Most Requested Country Songs

    Pat Patterson - Most Requested Country Songs

    In this week's episode we're featuring an ultra-rare slice of 1969 honky tonk from a West Virginian stationed in West Germany after his service: "Most Requested Country Songs" by Pat Patterson. An enigmatic character to say the least, we let the music do the talking as Patterson's lilting yet attention-grabbing honky tonk vocal demands your time. Recorded Stateside with the best players money could buy, the one LP that Patterson ever released has been on my radar (unsuccessfully) for almost a decade and has finally become widely available thanks to the obscure hard country reissue specialists at Sweet Mental Revenge Records out of Sweden. Superb stuff, a real treat to play it this week in full. Purchase it yourself at rodgerwilhoit.bandcamp.com!

    • 2 hr 55 min
    Stoney Edwards - Land Of The Giants

    Stoney Edwards - Land Of The Giants

    In this week's episode we're featuring an unreleased album for Capitol Records recorded from 1973 by Oklahoma's Stoney Edwards: "The Land Of The Giants". A collection of songs paying tribute to the giants of country music as the title suggests, the project was shelved in the face of the '73/'74 oil embargo and never revisited (at least by Capitol). That situation somewhat sums up Edwards' career - an incredibly talented singer and picker with country credentials oozing from every note, this Seminole, Oklahoma native's life was plagued with bad luck and unfortunate events. We'll dig into Edwards' intriguing back story this week, unearth a good number of gems from his back catalogue and remember one of the few black country singers to ever score a chart hit this side of Charley Pride. Essential listening.

    • 2 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

#StarChild ,

Cool country!

Just found this pod cast a couple months ago.
Listening to an episode a night!

Love all the drinking down at the honky tonk tunes.

Thanks for the real country Red.

ThomasCOSTL ,

Essential Listening for Classic Country Fans!

Recently started listening to this podcast, and I'm absolutely loving it! Discovering some incredible songs that I may not have found otherwise. It takes a lot of time and effort for Western Red to curate all these great country songs and share history you won’t hear about anywhere else. It's country at its finest, and you won’t find it anywhere else!

I love steel guitar ,

Favorite podcast!

Best podcast ever! If you love traditional country music, you’ll love this podcast. Western Red knows what real country is and delivers time after time.

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