Copperhead Road...Country or Southern Rock?

Flyin' Brian

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Avant-garde, jazz, pop, classical, country and western, rock, free, straight-ahead, etc. are ultimately meaningless terms in the face of the music being discussed at best - at worst, those terms often serve as code words for what is in fact a cultural / political discussion more than a musical one.

~ Pat Metheny
 

DewieCox

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Country. It has fiddle, it has mandolin, it has moonshine running, it has a nasally singer. All it is missing is a pickup truck.
I feel like a pickup is strongly enough implied to qualify.

I remember it showing up alongside other country music videos of its day, along with stuff like Fogerty’s Run Through The Jungle. Definitely rural…Sits so well alongside other country music
 

TubeStack

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I recall hearing Earle say that while the song was a hit, it was “too country for rock and too rock for country,” or something along those lines.
 

Mentat

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Your band mates are wrong and you are right. That is a really good song and it's not a country song. Ask your buddies why it was played on all the Rock stations.
 

JukeBoxRat

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Back in the 90s, my guitar teacher used this song as a learning tool in one lesson. I believe he introduced it by saying "You love the Stones, you'll dig this". He was very right, though I prefer albums like I Feel Alright, El Corazon, and Transcendental Blues. Still, this was my first exposure to Steve Earle. Thanks Alex!
 

rwmct

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Ask your buddies why it was played on all the Rock stations.
I agree.

Though, to be fair, the "rock stations" also played Vincent" and "Fire & Rain." Emmylou Harris' cover of "Easy from now on" also, now that I think about it. So it was not just rock on the rock stations.

But yeah, in the album version, its a rock song. First time I had ever heard Steve Earle was on WPLR or WHCN in CT.
 

Nebakanezer

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This first part is country to me

When the full band is in I call it 70s rock

The tiebreaker? The line dance says it has to be Country.

Play it in any country bar and the dance floor gets filled up with a few folks that wholeheartedly know the line dance and a bunch of folks that are drunk enough to try and follow!!!!
 

El Rey

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The accordion is because of the Mexican roots and the bagpipes are a nod to the Scots-Irish roots....mix 'em up and you got you some strong rebel roots
Spice it and swamp it up with a dash of Zydeco. I could imagine it, so could my Cajun brothers.

I love playing in the Casinos in Shreveport (also the home of one of my favorites...James Burton).
 




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