Outlaw Country - Whose Version of Stormy Monday?
OK, I met this pedal steel guy recently who says he wants a bass player for his Outlaw Country band - Willie, Waylon, Johnny Cash, etc.
He handed me a song list that included Stormy Monday. None of the versions of Stormy Monday that I know off the top of my head seem very country to me.
The ones I've been listening to are:
Allman Brothers - seems more "jammy" than country.
Bobby Blue Bland - seems more uptown blues.
T-Bone Walker - same as Bobby Blue Bland, but older and more succinct in the phrasing.
My question: Is there another version of Stormy Monday would better fit the "Outlaw Country" vibe?
Just know the changes.
Almost every time I end up playing it, it gets done Allman Brothers style, sans the middle upbeat jam section.
It's basically a 12 bar quick change but has those extra flourishes that are it's signature.
"Stormy Monday", although written in the key of A flat major, is usually performed in the key of G major, follows the structure of an altered 12-bar blues, using the following chord progression:
G9 | C9 | G9/A♭9 | G9 |
C9 | C9 | G9 / A minor7 | B minor7 / B♭ minor7 |
A minor7 | C minor7 | G9 / C9 | G9 / D augmented
+1 - no matter what, lock with the kick 'n snare.
Even though he is outlaw, he could have a little Bob Wills in him. He is a steel guitar guy after all... Be prepared to swing as well... I wouldn't be afraid to ask him the feel he's looking for as well.
Cool, thanks guys. I'll ask him when I get a chance.
I keep defaulting to a sort of David Hood / Dr. Feelgood vibe which seems kinda funky for CW. Meanwhile, I transcribed the Bobby Blue Bland version, too. Kinda jazzy, but there's some really nice phrasing on that one. I guess if there isn't an existing CW version to refer to, it'll be up to me to make it CW!
It went over very well, too. A lot of New Country fans are Rockers from the late '60s/early '70s.
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