You favorite classic country and honky-tonk covers?

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  1. MikeVB

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    What are some of the ones you've scored with at cover gigs? No Bro or recent Top 40, please.

    And Folsom Prison Blues, Working Man Blues, Mama Tried, Family Tradition, and You Never Even Called Me...are already assumed.

    Give me the good stuff. The hard core deep cuts that make drunk guys yell, "Oh Hell Yeah!" when you play them.
     
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    A buddy of mine who fronts a honky tonk C&W band kills with "Hello Trouble." They actually secured the rights and covered it on their last album. I'll see if I can find a good yt of them doing it...
     
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    We used to kill with Cocaine Blues, which always seemed an odd song to pack a dancefloor with, but it always did.
     
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    Hard core deep cut country and honky-tonk songs aren't gonna make anyone yell "Oh Hell Yeah" around my parts.
    It's gotta be the HITS mate. Of course they can be old school hits,

    Johnny Cash is always good. Folsom Prison Blues is the main one, but Ring of Fire, I Walk The Line (but man is it a drag to play), A Boy Named Sue.. over here in Aus, we had Slim Dusty who's got some killers.. Pub With No Beer, Duncan, Charleville.. this stuff, I'm not too into, but it does work so great live.
    Duncan is a killer because if you know anyones name you can just throw 'em in the song. Great for entertainment value.

    People 'round my parts are more into newer stuff than that. Garth Brooks. Alan Jackman. Brooks and Dunn. Adam Harvey.
    You know.. the '90s kinda "country" that's sorta poppy but before bro country. Shania Twain.

    I'm not hip on old school country, but what I do know is the country that I play is always the most well-received material I do, every time.
    Mostly the Garth songs. Everybody knows, and loves, Garth Brooks songs.
    Some people say they don't, they say they can't stand him etc etc he's a phony bla bla bla, you play the first ****ing chord of "Friends In Low Places" and the next thing you hear from their mouth is "BLAME IT ALL ON MY ROOTS" and it's ON.
    You gotta do that "secret" third verse, every time.
    Garth destroyed the music scene here in regional QLD, as far I can tell. Absolutely EVERYBODY knows and loves his music here.

    His Double Live CD sold about a bajillion albums, and for anyone who's wanting to jump on some of those good-time country vibes, I'd definitely start with some Garth. He's not old school he's like 1 step away from bro-country imo but he is ground zero for what the general public want to hear, and expect, and think of.. when they think of country.

    Some songs of his I play - Friends In Low Places, Thunder Rolls, Shameless, The Dance, Rodeo, Callin' Baton Rouge (I need to spice it up because WTF do I do on the violin breaks? ATM I camp the D chord and it doesn't have the same feels).. man I could go on forever, he legit has loads of songs, that ****ing everybody loves and sings along to, and work extremely well for cover bands and solo-artists alike.
     
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    One of my blues groups does guitars and cadillacs by Dwight Yoakum. Packs the floor.

    EDIT: It's two chords, so most competent groups should be able to learn it in a matter of minutes (including the guitar player learning the very easy but tasty lick at the top).
     
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    fiddle and/or steel in your band?
    Keys?
     
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    Points for "Tiger By The Tail." :banana
     
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    I would think that "Move it on Over" would work great. You get the Hank Williams-George Thorogood synergy going for you.
     
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    Fast as You by Dwight Yoakam - I've got to learn it tonight.
    Save a Horse seems to be on a lot of set lists.
     
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    Boot Scootin' Boogie started out as a bar song that got so popular, they were forced to record it IIRC.
     
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    A band I play with plays a lot of broette country and the only "classic" stuff I recall going over really well is stuff like Family Tradition, Folsom Prison, Ring of Fire, and stuff like that. We tried a couple older Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard songs and they were pretty much just filler. Of course, this has to do with the audiences we are playing for. :idea
     
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    Lately I've been digging

    Next broken heart, B&D
    Ain't drinkin anymore, kevin fowler

    As far as yoakam, I like Long White Cadillac. No fiddle solo to cover, and not Fast as You.
     
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    Not yet. Basic rock and roll four-piece.
     
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