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TEN PICKS 


These are the albums I've purchased multiple times. It's an incomplete list, but these are the ten I'd be most likely have if I could only ever have ten. Also these are albums that I found and bought on my own - and by that I mean not in parents record collection. That's why there's no Hank Williams or Johnny Cash.


1. Some Girls Rolling Stones


I've always thought that the Stones were one of the all time great country bands. I don't even have a favorite track. The country sounds on “Far Away Eyes” are great, but “Beast of Burden” and “Just My Imagination” have that same syrupy country feel.


2. Long After Dark Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers


This was the first Petty album I actually bought. I had heard him on the radio. I still love this record. High ener- gy jangle rock. I even liked the B-side.


3. Untitled The Byrds


Half live- half studio record.Lots of great stuff on this record. This is where I first learned that tuning is overrat- ed. LOL.


4. Greatest Hits Marshall Tucker Band I know it's a compilation album but I listened to this record until the grooves ran together. It's my favorite because of all those great songs and it spans the height of their band. It's also got a pretty heavy country element. You'd be pretty hard pressed to find a better country rock song than “Searchin’ For A Rainbow.”


Billy Eli - Stone Country


5. Viva Terlingua Jerry Jeff Walker Another record that I listened to almost constant- ly for about five years lol. Great recording, great songs


6. The Gilded Palace of Sin Flying Burrito Brothers


Every comment on this album that can be made has been made. Still, it's of my all time favorites.


7. Tattoo David Allan Coe


Lots of sad dark stories on this record. My favorite track is “Canteen of Water.” Although “San Francisco Mabel Joy” runs a close second.


8. Live from Deep in the Heart of Texas Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen


This was the first record I remember flipping out over by a band I'd never heard of and had never heard on the radio. I was 13 and an older kid in the neighborhood brought over his copy.


9. Out of Hand Gary Stewart Maybe the best honky tonk record ever.


10. American Beauty Grateful Dead I'm not much of a Dead fan but this was an exceptional county rock album.


Billy Eli is a Texas based singer-songwriter and Americana performer. Visit him online at billyeli.com


RANDOM QUOTES “People love country music and they want it to sound like


it’s country too. It will always evolve back around to that.I remember in the late 70’s when disco was big and country music was floundering. I told an interviewer from the The New York Times I thought that the music of the time was so very boring. A lot of people were doing disco and that had taken over.That was just creating a huge demand for some- thing that wasn't really good. If I was a young artist, I would do just the opposite of what was going on, and feel quite sure it was right around the corner. Because right after disco, around the corner came Randy Travis and the rest of that bunch and they were all great. I loved Travis Tritt.”


- Bobby Bare Interview with Buffalo, November, 2005


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