What makes you smile? I mean, aside from good red wine and a foot massage? For me, it’s hillbilly singers and the stories they tell. I love those good ole boys, and I live vicariously through them.
I hide my hillbilly roots well. I gave up chewing tobacco long ago. Ditto for squirrel huntin’ and cow tippin’. But somewhere under this PR veneer lies an Appalachian soul that’s part coal miner, part deer hunter, part whiskey sipper.
I know you don’t care about any of this, but it’s Friday. So lighten up. Have a drink. There’ll be time to get serious next week.
What exactly is hillbilly music? My definition includes country, western and bluegrass, plus any rock-n-roll song with adequate twang. Hillbilly lyrics are simple and clear, never deep, and never too philosophical. They tell stories most of us can understand.
Just for fun, I drew up a list of my favorite hillybilly tunes and linked each to a video. Every song on this list makes me smile — even the sad ones. So let’s count ’em down, shall we? You have my permission to spend the rest of your Friday with my good ole boys.
10. Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down (by Kris Kristofferson/Performed by Johnny Cash w/KK)
9. Good Ole Boys Like Me, Don Williams
8. Lonesome LA Cowboy, New Riders of the Purple Sage
7. Yellow Rose Express, Michael Dinner
6. Six Days on the Road, Dave Dudley
5. The Fast One, J. D. Souther
4. Tennessee Stud, (By Jimmy Driftwood/Performed by Doc Watson)
3. Sixteen Tons, Tennessee Ernie Ford
2. Dead Flowers, Rolling Stones
1. Misery and Gin, Merle Haggard