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I'm not a big fan of country music, though I'll listen to any kind of music. There are a handful of country songs I like. That's beside the point here, though.

Over the years many rock groups (especially "classic rodk" groups) have written and recorded country type songs. I'm not talking about groups who have covered a country tune, ie The Beatles', "Act Naturally". No, I'm talking about original songs by rock groups that are strongly country flavored. Here are a few to start us off:

The Rolling Stones have done several,such as "The Girl With The Faraway Eyes", "Dead Flowers", "Tumbling Dice", etc.

Boz Scaggs did "Fly Like A Bird".

The Beatles had, "I've Just Seen A Face" and more.

Can you name some?

PS: I like all the songs mentioned above.

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I agree with BluesBoy about the Eagles, as they're the first band that comes to mind when I think of Country-Rock, especially the song "Lyin' Eyes"

Some of Tom Petty's songs could be classified as almost crossover, but only a select few. Mostly from his later mellower work, when he tried to get out of the young rocker-boy mold & transform his sound a little.

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Here's some more Eagles country -

Train Leaves Here This Morning

Outlaw Man

Twenty - One

Doolin' Dalton

Saturday Night

Midnight Flyer

My Man

I also make a compilation cd that's close to this thread:

I call it -

Hot Damn! Mostly Country and FingerPickin'

Cowpoke - Riders in the Sky

Bob Away My Blues - Marshall Tucker

Blue - LeAnn Rimes

High Fashion Queen - Steve Earle and Chris Hillman

(off the tribute to Gram Parsons)

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Burning Love - Travis Tritt (Honeymoon in Vegas soundtrack)

Three Days - k.d. lang

Deep Water - Garth Brooks ( Asleep at the Wheels' - Bob Wills tribute Album)

I Can't Help it (If I'm Still in Love With You) - Linda Ronstadt

Big River - Grateful Dead

Honey Don't - Carl Perkins

Out On the Western Plain - Rory Gallagher

Wild Horses - Old and In the Way

Dead Flowers ( Live at Leeds '71) - Rolling Stones

Pickin' Up the Pieces - Poco

Rosalee McFall - Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice (Pizza Tapes cd)

Church Street Blues - Norman Blake

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Whiskey Before Breakfast

(1934 Martin guitar)

Rocky Top - Osborne Bros

Mann's Fate - Hot Tuna

Salt Creek - Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Doc Watson

Salty Dog - Flatt and Scruggs

Busted Bicycle - Leo Kottke

Salt River - Norman Blake

Singing a Song to the Sky - Riders in the Sky

Happy Trails - Roy Rogers

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Happy trails to you, until we meet again ~ Dale Evans

performed ~ Roy Rogers

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The best flavour of Country-styled music comes from Chris Isaak and Marshall Crenshaw. If only Country music were like that. Instead most of it is this twangy, embarrassing drivel about stains on t-shirts and soccer-mom/milf anthems by the likes of Faith Hill :thumbsdown:

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During my lunch hour, I heard Green Grass And High Tides by The Outlaws.

I was not aware of this Southern Rock group or this song during their original heyday. It wasn't until they became

"Classic Rock" radio that this started to turn up from time to time locally.

Anyway, there is a definite "Country" feel in the music and vocals. I know I've heard another song by The Outlaws, but the title doesn't come to mind right now.

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