A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
Many, many great "country songs" have been written and performed by otherwise straight rockers. Let's post some examples to show that you don't have to wear sequined clothing or wear your hair in a Beehive to put out some straighforward country music. (Caveat--let's leave out the Southern Rockers, such as Marshall Tucker/The Eagles, et al.--everyone knows that they played a modified country/rock already). I'm talkin' about stuff like this:
Elvis Costello came out swinging on his debut, and landed this amongst the "angry young man" material:
To that I will add this..another great "country" tune
Another great Hank Senior moment
too many great ones from Mr Costello
speaking of Broooooce...he has quite a few that could meet country standards..Nebraska for sure..This one even has a hooves hitting the pavement beat to it...and a train sound (bonus)
Various permutations of this band have done some fine work in this area--
This, and We've Got Tonight..fer sure..why I think I could two step to this one!
I admit I don't recall Stranger in the House, but he only thing "country" about the other tunes in this thread is if you mean "the United States is a country"
Stan: the Eagles are neither Southern nor Country.
But they do do that thing that Joey told Jake his mother does in the classic pay phone call in Raging Bull.
Edit: I don't mean Dead Flowers....that is a good example...
The mighty Zep cranked up this hoedown on the otherwise largely forgettable "In Through the Out Door". Yee Haw!
And speaking of hoedowns ...