Catchy Car-Wash Tunes
Country Funk 1969-1975 is a delightful reminder of more fecund cross-pollination. It seems the young country singers of the Age of Aquarius heard a sensibility they could strongly identify with in the funk records of their day, and thought, â€œI could do that!â€ It's a street-sensibility (â€œL.A. Memphis Tyler Texasâ€ â€œHawg Frawgâ€), a Gospel-sensibility (Link Wray's killer â€œFire & Brimstoneâ€), a â€œLeave me alone, I'm enjoying the Highway to Hell just fineâ€ sensibility (â€œStud Spiderâ€). Add a light touch of twang, and boy-howdy if it doesn't all work (well ... with the possible exception of Dennis the Fox's â€œPiledriver,â€ which sounds a bit forced). The download places offer this collection as â€œalbum onlyâ€ but I wouldn't let that scare you off: I can't think of any other way I'd play these songs. Highly recommended for the last few car-washes of the Fall.