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

We're a weekly, three-hour podcast featuring the very best traditional country, honky tonk, bluegrass and western swing from the golden years 'til today. Including the popular If That Ain't Country's Year In Country Music - pulling out the big hits and memories from a weekly feature year in the world of country music.

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

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

We're broadcast around the world each week and we're always looking for new partner stations - if you are interested in more information or a welcome pack - please email westernred@ifthataintcountry.net.

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

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    • 4.5, 38 Ratings

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

We're a weekly, three-hour podcast featuring the very best traditional country, honky tonk, bluegrass and western swing from the golden years 'til today. Including the popular If That Ain't Country's Year In Country Music - pulling out the big hits and memories from a weekly feature year in the world of country music.

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

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

We're broadcast around the world each week and we're always looking for new partner stations - if you are interested in more information or a welcome pack - please email westernred@ifthataintcountry.net.

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

    Red Steagall - Hang On Feelin'

    Red Steagall - Hang On Feelin'

    In this week's episode we're featuring a 1978 album for Texas icon Red Steagall: "Hang On Feelin'". Recorded and released during a period of continued commercial decline, "Hang On Feelin'" was Steagall's last outing for ABC/Dot Records. That commercial decline does not translate to a decline in quality however, and fans of traditional country and western swing will find plenty to like. Based in Nashville for much of the 70s, this record has backing from many of Music City's top flight sidemen but as usual for Texas Red, there's a definite Lone Star flavour. We could've featured the whole album this week (it's that good), but just a few of the highlights include a Jim Glaser cut (the album was recorded at Glaser Sound Studio) on "Sittin' In An All Nite Cafe"; the dark single "The Devil Ain't A Lonely Woman's Friend"; a wistful cowboy's recollection in "About Horses And Wars" and the self-explanatory "All I Knew To Talk About Was Texas". If Red Steagall ever put out a bad record, this wasn't it.

    • 2 hr 37 min
    Johnny Bush & The Bandoleros - Live! At Dance Town USA

    Johnny Bush & The Bandoleros - Live! At Dance Town USA

    Welcome to the expanded edition of the show! Featuring an extra hour's worth of music not included in the radio version! This week we're featuring a slice of Texas dancehall music at it's best from Johnny Bush & The Bandoleros: "Live! At Dance Town USA" (1979). Recorded on New Years Eve 1979 (a Monday night) home town boy Johnny Bush brought his tight Texas country dance band back to Houston's Dance Town USA, a cavernous venue on the north side of town which he'd been a popular draw at for most of the 70s. Twin fiddles from Jimmy Harriss and John Schattenberg and steel from longtime Bandolero Rick Price lead the way through a dynamite hour-long set, whittled down by producers from the standard four hour show. "Whiskey River" was already a signature song for Bush by '79, and included are two-step-ready crowd favourites to this day: "Undo The Right" and "What A Way To Live", along with an ever relevant dig at mainstream country radio with "The Last Country Song". We dig into some fascinating, behind-the-scenes stories from the recording of this album and we'll also seek to recreate the sounds of a greater South Texas honky tonk circa 1979 in the process.

    • 3 hr 23 min
    Al Dean & The Allstars - From Texas To Nashville

    Al Dean & The Allstars - From Texas To Nashville

    In this week's episode we're featuring an excellent slice of 60s Texas country from Al Dean & The Allstars: "From Texas To Nashville" (1967). Hailing from "The Golden Triangle" in South Texas, Al Dean already had a loyal following when his recording of "Cotton Eyed Joe" became a massive smash in Texas in 1967 - eventually becoming the most programmed song on jukeboxes in that state, ever. "From Texas To Nashville" was probably recorded to capitalise on that success as Dean tripped to Music City to make an album under the production of Pete Drake, who also played steel. Al Dean & The Allstars was a true family affair - both Al's wife Maxine Dean and his son Galen Dean sing lead on and wrote several cuts on our feature album. Dean's brand of fiddle-and-steel country music is infectious and intentionally suited to all variations and beats of the Texas two-step - our feature album helps partially explain why Al Dean & The Allstars were working well into the 21st Century. Highlights include an ode to the oilfield worker in "Ruff Neck Pay Check"; some excellent lead from an 18-year-old Galen Dean on the jumping "Change Your Ways Of Living" and a man who just can't get out of the service in "Just One Of The Boys".

    • 2 hr 37 min
    Rose Maddox - Reckless Love & Bold Adventure

    Rose Maddox - Reckless Love & Bold Adventure

    In this week's episode we're featuring a 1977 album from the clear and resonant vocal of Rose Maddox: "Reckless Love & Bold Adventure". A suitably colourful title for Rose, whose roots in performing came as part of The Most Colourful Hillbilly Band In America: The Maddox Brothers & Rose. After plenty of West Coast success with her brothers, in 1958 Rose Maddox went solo and over the next few years on Capitol enjoyed a good number of hit singles including several with Buck Owens. Maddox also recorded one of the first female-led bluegrass albums in 1962 - and it was indeed the bluegrass and folk communities where she found a musical home as her country music star waned into the 1970s. Bluegrass influence permeates much of our feature album: with fiddle from the legendary Byron Berline and his longtime associate John Hickman on banjo, Maddox teamed up with good friend Wayne Gailey on pedal steel and the combination is electric. Highlights include an excellent fiddle-and-steel cover of Johnny Rodriguez's "Pass Me By (If You're Only Passing Through)"; an excellent re-recording of a 4-Star hit for The Maddox Brothers & Rose in "Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet" and the autobiographical "Heart Of A Country Song (Rose's Song)" where Rose gives a shoutout to Gailey on steel guitar. Overlooked but solid material.

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Merlin Gene - People, Places & Things

    Merlin Gene - People, Places & Things

    In this week's episode, we're featuring a 2018 album for RFD-TV personality Merlin Gene, "People, Places & Things". With the first season of the popular Hee Haw-style variety program "The Merlin Gene Show" well underway at the time of recording, Merlin Gene's star was on the rise. Combining an effortless vocal and an excellent sense of humour with a deep reverence for country music's heritage, "People, Places & Things" strikes an excellent balance between originality and tradition. With the twangy bark of a Bakersfield telecaster from the legendary Eugene Moles and steel from Hall Of Famer Doug Jernigan, Merlin Gene sparkles on stage in Manuel-tailored rhinestone suits a la Ray Price, Porter Wagoner and Little Jimmy Dickens. And the music reflects those classic country influences - with a definite Del Reeves connection, Merlin Gene covers Jerry Chesnut's "Good Time Charlie's" and "Looking At The World Through A Windshield". The Kentuckian powers his way through some excellent country drinking tunes on "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Glass" and "I Think I'll Give Drinkin' Another Try" - the latter of which deservingly racked up a stack of streams in it's first months after release. Get you some Merlin Gene.

    • 2 hr 36 min
    Conway Twitty - Play, Guitar Play

    Conway Twitty - Play, Guitar Play

    In this week's episode we're featuring another huge album from Conway Twitty: "Play, Guitar Play" (1977). There were two singles and two obligatory number ones. But sales and chart certification aside, this is an album as diverse and enjoyable as anything Conway ever put out. We'll work our way through some country boy rock 'n' roll, swing, a few recitations and the necessary two-steppers: and we'll also remember the side of Conway Twitty which commanded such longevity and loyalty from bandmembers and dedication from fans. A casual observer can get lost in the sheer volume of Twitty's single and album output during his heyday, but when one takes the time to listen more intently there's overlooked country gold to be had. "Play, Guitar Play" is no exception: highlights include an extremely original cover of "Wolverton Mountain", a recitation/tearjerker combo in "The Letter" and the dancehall-ready "I Can't Help It If She Can't Stop Loving Me".

    • 2 hr 36 min

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