12 Essential Country Songs to Soothe Your Inner Hillbilly

Jay | @shoveltailMusic

What I miss about classic country music, songs from 70’s – 90’s, is much less about the authenticity of the artists… real people with roots to the land, the communities, and the stories they sing about (as opposed to the more urbane, metrosexual singers who dress in quasi-country clothes singing pop music modified with country sounds), as it is about the state of the culture we now find ourselves in. A time when being a man wasn’t an implication in some sort of wrong-doing, when working with your hands was honored by the culture at large. When you never doubted that the men on the evening news had probably changed their own oil at least once, and weren’t merely men by nature of their biological features alone.

The songs on this playlist are gold. Songs I remember listening to with my old man while driving his 1976 Chevy Custom Deluxe, on our way to cut firewood. And since an analysis of our analytics reveals that most of the people who follow along with what we do are in their late 20’s to mid 40’s, I imagine these are songs that will take you back to one of those times in your own life.

So here it is. The February 2018 Country Classics playlist. We’ve trimmed this from almost 50 songs to these 12. We’d love to know what songs you would add. What are your favorite classic country songs from the 70’s to early 90’s?

1. The Bellamy Brothers – Let Your Love Flow
2. John Anderson – Seminole Wind
3. Hal Ketchum – Small Town Saturday Night
4. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Fishin’ In The Dark
5. Doc & Merle Watson – Red Rocking Chair
6. Eddie Rabbit – Rocky Mountain Music
7. Alabama – Mountain Music
8. Dwight Yoakam – A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
9. Tracy Lawrence – Time Marches On
10. George Strait – Amarillo By Morning
11. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash – Highwayman
12. Waylon Jennings – Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line