Country Music: Stuff Worth Remembering


1.) “ Country music is three chords and the truth” (attributed to Harlan Howard, among others) Lou Reed’s riff: “One chord is fine. Two is pushing it. Three and you’re into jazz.” There’s a list of rich and famous rock stars who never played more than three chords: (too long to be included) What are the standard three chords? I-IV-V (rock and country) Alternatives: I II V, I VI V

2.) What do you get when you play a country song backward?

You get your house back, your wife back, your dog back and your truck back.

3.) David Allan Coe and Stephen Goodman’s application of this compelling recipe:

I was drunk the day my mom got out of prison
And I went to pick’er up in the rain
But before I could get to the station in my pickup truck,

She got runned over by a damned ol’ train

YOUR TURN: What’s your favorite country music song?