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.