USA, 1975, outlaw country / progressive country / singer-songwriter

Guy ClarkOld No. 1: This is the album that got me into outlaw country. The first time I heard it, I sat up in surprise when it started, and then quickly I sat back in satisfaction. Thirty-six minutes of bliss. Barrel ridin’ & back slidin’ is such a perfect snapshot of the middle American, working class, Protestant experience. This whole album feels like a great big hug of every pleasure a big city can afford and then a warm embrace of every regret you feel by the cold light of day, your face turned toward home. This masterpiece has even got a couple songs about trains. Case closed.

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