Music Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes:

Vince Gill and the legendary pedal steel guitarist Paul Vincent — with backing from Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives — perform Merle Haggard’s wonderfully acerbic-yet-heartrending 1970 tune “I Can’t Be Myself.”


  • Gill and Vincent also perform the tune on “Bakersfield,” a recent CD of covers of songs from the likes of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. Even though I’d have enjoyed one or two more uptempo shitkickers than they include — the collection is a little heavy on soulful love-and-heartbreak numbers — I’m enjoying the album a whole lot.
  • If you don’t know anything about the Bakersfield Sound, it’s time to educate yourself. The Bakersfield era — a direct, no-frills expression of white working-class masculinity — was one of the Really Great Moments in American popular music, IMHO.
  • Some praise from me for Marty Stuart.
  • Vince Gill, himself a virtuoso, highlights his 14 favorite guitarists.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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2 Responses to Music Du Jour

  1. Haven’t seen the movie (I hear it’s lame), but Marty Stuart’s soundtrack for ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is pretty damned good:

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  2. Fenster says:

    Goodness he’s such a talent. I am mighty partial to this:

    and in another vein:


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