4/3/20 Country Break-Ins

There are new albums out today from Ashley McBryde, Logan Ledger, Ruthie Collins, Sam Hunt, Caleb Caudle, Western Centuries, and the Christy Lynn Band.

CDBaby appears to be one of the casualties of corona. That was one of the sites I regularly checked for indie releases.

Since my list is rather abbreviated this week, I’ll take a tangent. Sam Hunt sampled Webb Pierce on “Hard To Forget,” a song from Hunt’s new album.

Let’s take a look at the history of sampling. Dickie Goodman was the king of “break-in” novelty records, beginning in 1956: http://www.rebeatmag.com/dickie-goodman-and-the-art-of-the-break-in-record/

Musique Concrète was developed in the 1940s, but it was mostly abstract sounds: https://www.yoursoundmatters.com/musiqueconcrete1/

The Deriving Force YouTube channel has extensive playlists of break-in records: 1956-1965: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68UIRBIMpR2tf_aA3BMTQI_Y6uQlGXTE

1966-1975: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68UIRBIMpR0Yw3O57JVdrbQf22Q0xTN9

1976-1997: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL68UIRBIMpR3fYLaU9JQftzho3A5vXC3K

Jerry Reed’s 1982 hit “The Bird” was a medley of imitations of other country stars. While it’s not technically a break-in record, it is worth mentioning in this context: https://youtu.be/y8YqndloXYA

Lily Allen’s 2009 “Not Fair” sampled the Optigan Nashville Country demo from 1970: https://youtu.be/fUYaosyR4bE The Optigan was an organ-like instrument, and “Nashville Country” and “Bluegrass Banjo” were a couple of the demo samples. Members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded the “Bluegrass Banjo” sample for the Optigan.

Here’s my new playlist of Country Break-Ins, Samples, Etc. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0-WjyCgZfYq55qxPRIuShEr

I’ll point out a few specifically:

The Return Of Jerry Lee in 1958 has quite a colorful back story: https://www.elsewhere.co.nz/fromthevaults/3357/jerry-lee-lewis-the-return-of-jerry-lee-1958/

James Tenney’s 1961 Collage #1 (“Blue Suede”) is rather similar in structure to the much-later “sampling.” Unlike the break in records, it’s just the one song being manipulated. Elvis’ “Blue Suede Shoes” is chopped up into barely recognizable form.

DJ Skratch Bastid posted a tribute to Kenny Rogers on March 22nd, so there’s an example of hip hop-style sampling.

Ashley McBryde’s new song “Styrofoam” has a spoken intro reminiscent of the break in records.

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