Various Artists: Country Funk 1969-1975 (Light in the Attic)

 |   |  <1 min read

Mac David: Lucas Was a Redneck
Various Artists: Country Funk 1969-1975 (Light in the Attic)

Although the promotion of this 16-song collection might make out the notion of "country funk" is somehow a strange and unfamiliar animal, the territory has been well mapped -- from OC Smith's Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp and Bobbie Gentry through Tony Joe White to JJ Grey and Mofro -- that the horn-driven soul-funk country sound connects with relative ease.

Jeez, even Elvis went down this route on Tony Joe's Polk Salad Annie .

Not to say this isn't interesting: Mac Davis' Lucas Was a Redneck is socio-political text with a real sting; Hawg Frog by Gray Fox slithers like a 'gator through the bayou; Cherokee announcing their intentions with Funky Business . . . 

Also here are the late Bobby Charles (the drifter narrative of Street People), Link Wray (the lesser Fire and Brimstone), the late Larry Jon Wilson (Choopee River Bottomland), Tony Joe White (the lascivious Stud Spider); Gentry in a typically sexual and steamy story He Made Out of Me . . .

And Bobby Darin (as Bob Darin) in another reinvention, this time as a Southern funk soulman on the authentic Light Blue.

The steam from the swamp is suffused in this funky, soulful and country-blues sound. If it's new to you then this might be a useful starting point, but -- aside from a few rare although hardly essential grooves -- many might have traveled down this muddy, humid and sometimes rewardingly raunchy path previously.

Like the idea of this? Then check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

The Apples in Stereo: Travellers in Space and Time (YepRoc/Southbound)

The Apples in Stereo: Travellers in Space and Time (YepRoc/Southbound)

This will be brief: I never much cared for ELO back in the day and I still don't like them in this guise of Apples in Stereo on this over-long (16 tracks), Vocoder-splattered, ironically Seventies... > Read more

Massive Attack: Blue Lines 2012 Mix/Master (Virgin)

Massive Attack: Blue Lines 2012 Mix/Master (Virgin)

Few albums can claim to have invented and come to define a genre -- but Blue Lines did that for trip-hop . . . and more. It turned the spotlight on Bristol, introduced Tricky and Shara Nelson... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Dennis Bovell: Mek It Run (Pressure Sounds)

Dennis Bovell: Mek It Run (Pressure Sounds)

For a very long time from the mid Seventies bassist/producer Dennis Bovell was the go-to guy when British artists wanted an authentic deep dub sound. His work with poet Linton Kewsi Johnson has... > Read more

GUEST WRITER DAVINIA CADDY on her new book How to Hear to Classical Music

GUEST WRITER DAVINIA CADDY on her new book How to Hear to Classical Music

If you’re familiar with other books in Awa Press’s Ginger Series, you’ll be familiar with the ‘How to’ running motif. How to Look at a Painting, How to Gaze at the... > Read more