Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Knitters "Poor Little Critter on the Road" (1985)

This was an absolutely groundbreaking album for me.  Like so many kids, I had rebelled against the country influences that seemed to surround my childhood.  I loved X.  And then they made this country record.  Yeah, it's not that country.  But to my ears in 1985 or whenever I heard it, this was country as hell.  I mean, there are MERLE HAGGARD songs here.  What did it mean that cool people like X liked that stuff?

In retrospect, it's clearly one of those generational albums that introduce people to country music.  I don't think my own story is particularly special in that regard.  And it's also interesting at how it foreshadows so much of John Doe's solo career.

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