Charles R Johnson | Pure Country

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Pure Country

by Charles R Johnson

A zesty excursion into Western Roots Country, with quirky rhythms and smooth growling vocals. . .
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kingobeers
5:14 $0.99
2. Loveturnsbad
1:26 $0.99
3. Stay
5:56 $0.99
4. Lonesomequarts
2:45 $0.99
5. Ontheroad
4:04 $0.99
6. Marriedtothebottle
2:38 $0.99
7. Useemloseem
3:09 $0.99
8. Leatherliphoney
2:36 $0.99
9. Lowdownyodelinblues
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes

This is an album that's been a long time in the making. . .

Back in '93 I helped start a little country "roots" band we called "The Lonesome Strangers". I wrote a bunch of original country songs for the project, and we seemed to enjoy a bit of success locally. Unfortunately, drunkenness, drugs, ennui, and disaffection ultimately broke up the band.

I've always wanted to do some proper multitrack professional recordings of the country songs I had written, but was never able to find the local talent to do the project.

My serious music buddies all moved away and my old Tascam 388 sat idle. . .

Finally my old friend Eric and I both purchased and began using professional quality multitrack recording hardware and software for our computers. . . We began collaborating via the internet. . . Shipping tracks back and forth via ftp.

I asked if he were willing to try the project of recording my country songs, and indeed he was. I began the process of helping him to learn the ins and outs of country guitar. Eric is an excellent guitar player, but had never really sat down and worked on many country tunes. . . I gave him a list of artists and songs and critiqued his work as we recorded. . .

I think it has worked well for us. Eric is quite a quirky guitar player, but he has managed to get his impulses controlled enough to record some great country licks.

I've gone on to write a bunch of new songs for this record, as well as finish some songs which I had written and charted, but never actually performed.

I'd like to thank Chris Cline, who played some snappy country drums on Love Turns Bad, Lonesome Quarts, Stay, and On The Road. . . Finding people to work with has never been my strong suit, so I figure getting him over for a couple of sessions is a tribute to both him and me. . . I'd also like to thank
Eric's friend Kenny Kinnally who plays keyboards on Stay.

I consider music recording and production to be a collaborative effort, and without that interaction the outcome is generally little more than a form of masturbation. Thus, I owe a great deal to my friend Eric, who has supported my musical efforts over the years, and who is certainly my partner in this production.

The songs on this album are intended to be "Pure Country". I've was exposed at an early age to "country" via my Dad, a fine rhythm guitar player who had a "pop" band back in the late 50's early 60's in Germany. He was an eclectic guy who liked cuban/latin, jazz, pop, and country music.

I miss him still, and wish he was around to play some lap steel on my songs.
This album is ultimately dedicated to him.

My song "Stay" is a tribute to "Western" music which has pretty much been allowed to languish and become completely merged into the "country" genre. . . That song in particular owes acknowledgments to the "Sons of the Pioneers" and other "old time" players of that ilk.

"Love Turns Bad" is just old time "butt kickin'" Honkey Tonk, as is "LonesomeQuarts". . .

"On The Road" gives you that zoned far off feeling of the Great American Highway . . .

"LeatherLipHoney" and "MarriedToTheBottle" are my tributes to crazy people everywhere. . .

As to "Yodelin' Blues" it's more or less a tribute to Hank Williams, Sr. . .



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