a double-dose CD of "Folk'n'rockin' country music"
by Richard Dobson
Only $9.95! New
Courtesy of the OYB (reprint) label, welcome to the Best of Richard Dobson! "Back Tracks" gets you *21* great songs for about $10. Richard Dobson is one of the gang who sparked up the Austin Texas music scene back in the 70's along with Townes van Zandt and Guy Clark. He's a singersongwriter who's been at it a long time. He says he writes "Folk and rocking country music." I think there's a pun in there.
I particularly like "Roughneck Occupation"---how often does the true story of working gulf oil rigs end up in a hit single? Can you tell me of other recent country "social issue" songs that are better? Check out the sample download link below.
Here's what some nifty Folk have had to say about Richard's music:
"His rhythms and ideas are great. His words are precise and never wasted. He's one of my favorite songwriters." --Townes Van Zandt
"Richard Dobson is a great songwriter." --Steve Earle
"Richard Dobson is one of the best songwriters in Nashville -- make that the whole U.S." --John Prine
"Richard Dobson is the Hemingway of Country Music." --Nanci Griffith
So...how in the world did I get the chance to sell his music? Good question! A bunch of other labels handle his dozen other recordings, but I consider "BackTracks" to be his greatest hits. He agrees. I saw it wasn't being sold at Amazon. So I wanted to do something about it. That's not good enough. C'mon, how did I get it? This is worldclass music, man! Wahhhlll... Richard played hard-driving bar music with the toughest guys around, spending wild years on the road with the likes of TVZ. Between tours he worked on oil rigs and shrimp Boats. He wrote it all up in "Gulf Coast Boys"---his memoir which I (also) sell. So, get this, first I read this musician's book. Then I bought his music. Backwards! "GCB" is a fine read, from the inside of an amazing scene. I think there's something important about authentic artists who work in a couple media, including the plain ol' dirt media of things like huntin' and fishin'. I like selling an artist who offers both book and music. No ghostwriters: just heavyhitting art coming at you every which way. So when I realized that his best music wasn't available at Amazon, I wrote to him about fixing this problem. He was game to try selling more of his greatest hits album any which way. So here we are! He's been living in Europe in recent years. Playing concerts, touring, recording. Apparently they like real country music more in Europe than they do here. True! He can't make a living here. You want the real Texas? Go to Germany, man. I also really like "The Ballad of Robin Winter-Smith" ("He fell a little bit short / hit the ramp.") "Turn in the Barrel" is a hilarious twist on the usual blues---it's your turn this time, baby. "She Almost Reminds Me of You" is a country classic that trumps the stereotype while sticking to it. If you've heard better lately, let me know. These tunes will stick with you.