Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970

Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 3: 1970

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On the third volume of Bear Family's seven-entry country-rock chronicle Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country-Rock, the label moves into 1970, a year that saw a nascent, long-haired Americana gain popularity but also get a bit weirder. Thanks to the Band's success -- Music from Big Pink turned heads in 1968, but 1969's The Band found its way onto the Billboard Top 10, bringing the group to the cover of Time in the opening weeks of 1970 -- there were now hordes of fellow travelers, including hippies like Jefferson Airplane, trying on overalls for size. The Airplane brought in Jerry Garcia to play steel on "The Farm," one of the 38 tunes featured on this double-disc set, a collection of songs that also includes two cuts from the Grateful Dead's twin '70 releases, Workingman's Dead and American Beauty. If the San Franciscan hippies were embracing roots, so were the blissed-out Los Angelenos. Led by Gram Parsons, who spent much of 1970 closing out his run with the Flying Burrito Brothers, these creatures of the Canyon included Mike Nesmith, who was just breaking free from the Monkees, and Rick Nelson, continuing the path they started in 1969 -- a journey that can be heard on the second volume of Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels -- but the '70s saw the rise of idiosyncratic singer/songwriters like Jesse Winchester, Eric Andersen, and Townes Van Zandt, along with Nashville rebels David Allan Coe and Kris Kristofferson, the latter also seeing success via a cover of "Me and Bobby McGee" from Janis Joplin. A new wrinkle came in the form of the wooly, hard-driving rockers from the south, a breed typified by the Allman Brothers Band but also encompassing Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. A lot of the lesser-known names here -- Swampwater, Goose Creek Symphony, Country Funk, Wildweeds -- fall outside of these parameters, skewing closer to the bright, wide-open sound of Poco, a feel that might typify how country-rock felt at the start of the '70s: after all the heaviness of the '60s, it seemed like a new day was dawning.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102173639
catalogNumber: 2851301
Rank: 62635

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Doug Kershaw   Producer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Eric Andersen   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Anderson   Composer
Band   Producer
Gene Clark   Composer
Jerry Garcia   Composer
Grateful Dead   Producer
Jim Messina   Composer,Producer
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Robbie Robertson   Composer,Producer
Doug Sahm   Composer
Bob Weir   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
King Curtis   Producer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer,Producer
Nick Gravenites   Producer
Paul Kantner   Composer
John Wagner   Producer
Richie Furay   Composer
Rusty Kershaw   Composer
Scott Boyer   Composer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Tom Dowd   Producer
Spencer Dryden   Composer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations,Discographical Information
Fred Foster   Composer,Producer
Ron Frangipane   Producer
Gib Guilbeau   Composer
Jim Hobson   Composer,Producer
Felton Jarvis   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Bernie Leadon   Composer
Phil Lesh   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Jay Lewis   Producer
Jack Lothrop   Producer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Richard Manuel   Composer
Bob Matthews   Producer
Maynard Solomon   Producer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
William McEuen   Producer
Matthew Moore   Composer
Rick Nelson   Composer,Producer
Bill Pillmore   Composer
Paul Rothchild   Producer
Johnny Sandlin   Producer
Schmitt   Producer
Tom Shipley   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Steve Singleton   Producer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
David Wilkes   Producer
Teddy Paige   Producer
Tim Ramsey   Producer
Adam Taylor   Composer,Producer
Peter Lewis   Composer
Betty Cantor   Producer
Richard Weize   Discographical Information
Gary Blackman   Composer
Charles Gearheart   Composer,Producer
Floyd Ramsey   Producer
Russ Wapensky   Discographical Information
Hank Mills   Composer
Mike Brewer   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Barry Brown   Producer
Robert Kim Payne   Composer
Harold Paris   Composer,Producer
Caddo Parish Studdard   Composer

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