OK, you asked for it, here's my story. I grew up listening to "top 40". Whatever they were playing on AM radio I was listening to. I even thought some up-tempo Perry Como sounded cool. In 4th grade I watched Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show and asked my mother to pick up a copy of "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" on 45 rpm. The next day at school one of the nuns said, "I hope none of you saw that disgusting Elvis Presley on TV last night". I said nothing and smiled and felt good knowing I had just committed my first act of civil disobedience.
As I grew older I was really into mainstream rock'n roll. All the kids in my small Southern Nebraska town had our car radios set to KOMA (Oklahoma City)and KAAY (Little Rock, Ark.) Of course these stations could not be picked up till after the sun set so we stayed out late and memorized the lyrics which was easy to do because there were so few songs that rotated on the play lists.
I kept listening to classic rock and R&B until the late 80's and then something happened. I grew tired of the same stuff and it seemed like I didn't enjoy the new top-40 music at all. I started exploring different genres and was really surprised at how well some these new styles connected with me. I listen to a lot of different music today and below I will list the albums that turned me on to some of the genres:
1. Blue Lines by Massive Attack
2. One Colour Just Reflects Another by Up, Bustle, And Out
1. Snake Bite Love by Zachary Richard
2. Git It by Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-rollers
1. Companion by Patricia Barber
2. Boss Tenor by Gene Ammons
1. Johnny Hodges with the Billy Strayhorn Orchestra (great!)
2. Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby by the J Street Jumpers
1. Vertigo by Jesse Cook
1. Tramp on Your Street by Billy Joe Shaver
2. Party Doll and Other Favorites by Mary Chapin Carpenter
1. Live Shots by Joe Ely
2. Never Been Rocked Enough by Delbert McClinton
1. Hillbilly Vodo by Barrence Whitfield
2. Borderland by Tom Russell
1. Sacred Steel Guitar Music in Florida
2. Safety Zone by the Fairfield Four
Well, I guess I rambled on quite a bit. If my "story" bored you I GAURANTEE my music selections won't! Thanks Steve Bachman for starting a good thread and thanks to you who have already given suggestins for new music.
Regards, Steve H