Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 4: 1971

Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock Vol. 4: 1971


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The fourth volume of Bear Family's seven-edition country-rock history Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: The Blissed-Out Birth of Country Rock kicks off with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen's locomotive rendition of "Hot Rod Lincoln," possibly the hardest-rocking cut yet featured in this series. It's a good indication of how things were changing in 1971, the year chronicled in this double-disc set. What began as a mellow breeze blowing out of Southern California grew grittier as it swept across the country, picking up musicians who were perhaps a little rowdier than the previous generation's. That's another way of saying that there are a lot of bands featured on this installment of Truckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels: Commander Cody, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Randy Bachman's Brave Belt, Cochise, Cowboy, Head Hands & Feet, Twin Engine, and Poco, every one of them bringing a heavier backbeat. When combined with a slight diminishment of the literate singer/songwriters that dominated Vol. 3 -- the moody Mickey Newbury shows up toward the end of the collection, but both Kris Kristofferson and John Prine seem comfortable showcased alongside the shaggier country-rockers here -- helps give this installment a funkier feel, a suspicion confirmed by the funkier acts included here: Link Wray and Lonnie Mack riding the roots movement, Hoyt Axton roaring through "Never Been to Spain," Sir Douglas Quintet sending out "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," Freddy Fender, wherever he is, and this comp's great re-discovery, Alex Harvey, a sensational singer/songwriter who wrote "Delta Dawn" and "Tulsa Turnaround" (and has nothing to do with the British rocker who shares his name). This kind of relaxed, down-and-dirty groove is so addictive that it's easy not to realize that Gram Parsons is M.I.A. (the Chris Hillman-led Flying Burrito Brothers are here, though), but that only underscores how by 1971 the movement Gram set into motion grew into its own thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/09/2016
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102173646
catalogNumber: 2851302
Rank: 76196

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lonnie Mack   Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Norman Blake   Dobro
Clarence White   Guitar
Doug Kershaw   Vocals
Hoyt Axton   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Cash   Guitar,Vocals
John Hartford   Fiddle
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocals
Kris Kristofferson   Vocals
Mickey Newbury   Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Bob Gibson   12-string Guitar
Steve Goodman   Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Dianne Davidson   Background Vocals
J.J. Cale   Guitar,Vocals
Kim Carnes   Background Vocals
Gene Clark   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Ry Cooder   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Paul Cotton   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Banjo,Steel Guitar
Albert Lee   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Mason   Guitar
Randy Meisner   Bass
Michael Nesmith   Guitar,Vocals
Van Dyke Parks   Piano
John Prine   Guitar,Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Leon Russell   Keyboards
Doug Sahm   Guitar,Vocals
Link Wray   Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Background Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Randy Bachman   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Delaney Bramlett   Guitar,Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Rick Danko   Bass
Chris Darrow   Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica
Donnie Fritts   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Chris Gantry   Guitar
Mac Gayden   Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Lowell George   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Grabham   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Lloyd Green   Steel Guitar
Clydie King   Vocals
Dennis Linde   Guitar,Background Vocals
Augie Meyers   Organ,Piano
Don Nix   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Rick Roberts   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Billy Swan   Bass,Background Vocals
Gene Johnson   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Chad Allan   Keyboards,Vocals
Bobby Wood   Piano
Richie Furay   Guitar,Vocals
John Darnall   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Cohen   Piano
Bill Kirchen   Guitar
Sneaky Pete Kleinow   Steel Guitar
Beegie Adair   Keyboards
Duane Allman   Dobro,Guitar
Atwood Allen   Vocal Harmony
Earl Ball   Piano
Bruce Barlow   Bass
Barry Beckett   Drums,Keyboards
Ben Benay   Harmonica
Max Bennett   Bass
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Blackberries   Vocals
Scott Boyer   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Mike Cannon   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Gene Chrisman   Drums
George Clark   Bass
Michael Clarke   Drums
Commander Cody   Piano,Vocals
B.J. Cole   Dobro,Cello
Rita Collidge   Background Vocals
Tony Colton   Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
John Dawson   Guitar,Background Vocals
James Luther Dickinson   Harmonium
Lance Dickerson   Drums
Spencer Dryden   Drums
Bobby Dyson   Bass
Bobby Emmons   Organ
Roy Estrada   Bass,Background Vocals
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Billy C. Farlow   Harmonica,Vocals
Venetta Fields   Vocals
Randy Fuller   Bass
Pete Gavin   Drums,Vocals
Kenny Gradney   Bass
Marshall Grant   Bass
George Grantham   Drums
John Harris   Piano
Levon Helm   Mandolin,Vocals
Bishop Heywood   Percussion
Karl Himmel   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Garth Hudson   Accordion
Brooks Hunnicutt   Background Vocals
Jim Isbell   Drums
Allen Kemp   Guitar
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Peter Kowalke   Background Vocals
Bruce Langhorne   Guitar
Bernie Leadon   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John London   Bass
Richard Manuel   Drums
Arif Mardin   Guitar,Vocals
Arnie Moore   Bass
Rocky Morales   Tenor Saxophone
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Wayne Moss   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Randy Naylor   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Rick Nelson   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Bill Payne   Piano,Background Vocals
John Perez   Drums
Wayne Perkins   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Prine   Fiddle
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Carl Radle   Bass
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals
John Selk   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Ben Sidran   Piano
Ray Smith   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Stallings   Bass
Andy Stein   Fiddle,Saxophone
Tommy Talton   Background Vocals
Bobby Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo
John Tichy   Rhythm Guitar
Dave Torbert   Bass,Background Vocals
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Steve Verroca   Percussion,Background Vocals
John Ware   Drums
Bobby Whitlock   Piano,Vocals
Bob Wootton   Electric Guitar
Doug Wray   Drums,Background Vocals
Jay York   Percussion
Reggie Young   Guitar
Rusty Young   Steel Guitar,Vocal Harmony
W.S. Holland   Drums
Gary Mallaber   Drums
John Grummere   Rhythm Guitar
Charlie McCoy   Guitar,Harmonica,Vibes
DeWayne Quirico   Drums
Norman Sue   Bass,Background Vocals
Willie Wilson   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Ricky Wills   Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike O'Neill   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Billy Hodges   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Alex Harvey   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Allen   Bass
Ken Malone   Drums
David Briggs   Piano,Keyboards
David Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Sherlie Matthews   Vocals
John Christopher   Guitar
John Gilbert   Vocals
Bobbye Hall Porter   Percussion
Ron Halldorson   Steel Guitar
Mike Leach   Bass
Diane Davidson   Background Vocals
David Ellingson   Background Vocals
Steve Davis ("The West Virginia Creeper")   Steel Guitar
Honey Combs   Background Vocals
Constantine Gusias   Guitar,Vocals
Chas Hodges   Bass,Vocals
Robin Bachman   Percussion,Drums
Pat Shanahan   Drums
Sandy Konikoff   Percussion
Richard Hayward   Drums,Background Vocals
Kenneth Buttrey   Drums
Bobbie Howard   Mandolin,Piano
David Jackson   Guitar,Piano
Ned Levitt   Percussion,Vocals
Neal Rosengarden   Bass
Iva Bramlett   Vocals

Technical Credits

Lonnie Mack   Composer,Producer
Doug Kershaw   Composer
Hoyt Axton   Composer,Producer
Bobby Bare   Composer
Johnny Cash   Composer,Producer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Kris Kristofferson   Composer
Band   Producer
John Cale   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Ry Cooder   Arranger
Paul Cotton   Composer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Albert Lee   Composer
Michael Nesmith   Composer,Producer
New Riders of the Purple Sage   Producer
John Prine   Composer
Doug Sahm   Producer
Link Wray   Composer
Bonnie Bramlett   Composer
Jesse Ed Davis   Producer
Randy Bachman   Composer,Producer
Delaney Bramlett   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Cochise   Producer
Larry Collins   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Dennis Linde   Producer
Don Nix   Composer
Rick Roberts   Composer
Billy Joe Shaver   Composer
Audie Ashworth   Producer
Commander Cody   Producer
B.J. Cole   Composer
Tony Colton   Composer,Producer
John Dawson   Composer
James Luther Dickinson   Producer
Jim Dickson   Producer
Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Freddy Fender   Composer
Fred Foster   Producer
George Frayne   Composer
Bob Hughes   Producer
Buddy Killen   Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Huey P. Meaux   Producer
Russ Miller   Producer
Rick Nelson   Composer,Producer
Norbert Putnam   Arranger
Johnny Sandlin   Producer
Ralph Scala   Producer
Ray Smith   Composer
Joey Stec   Producer
Michael Sunday   Producer
Russ Titelman   Producer
Ray Vernon   Producer
Steve Verroca   Producer
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Barry Feinstein   Cover Photo
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Alex Harvey   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Charles Ryan   Composer
Charles Scott Boyer   Composer
Constantine Gusias   Composer
Bob Cohen   Producer
William D. "Buddy" Killen   Composer
Doyle Jones   Producer
Yvonne Verroca   Composer
Este   Photo Restoration
Billy Farlow   Composer
Ed Davis   Producer

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