Essential Country Songs
What songs are essential for a Country band. You can split it into Traditional and Modern categories if you like
Boot Scoot boogie
Always on my mind
Friends in low places
I got stripes
Gee...so many but these jumped at me as one that always got the dance floor swinging or huggin in my country band days. There are allot of good ones.
I know it's not what you asked, but I have a different kind of answer. It's easier to look at essential artists:
Classic/The Greats: (Little of this)
David A. Coe
80's-00's: (Little of this)
Brooks & Dunn
Hot Apple Pie
John Michael Montgomery
New Country: (more of this)
Little Big Town
Heck, there's too much to list, but all these artists do well.
+1 to to all the above. And adding a couple...
"Dust on the Bottle" (don't know the artist)
"Don't Close Your Eyes" - Keith Whitley
You would also probably want some Toby Keith material represented.
Not a big personal favorite of mine but he's a pretty safe bet with bar crowds.
Don't forget Willie and George Jones.
One of my favorites.
We do Who's Your Daddy and Red Solo Cup.
Also- if you have a female singer:
Little Big Town
You can also look at Lady Antebellum and Sugarland but their stuff is usually more mellow. We have a couple of their songs on our set list right now but as we add more upbeat stuff, we're going to cut out more of the slower ones, maybe just leave in 1 or 2 for the night.
When I first joined my current band we had co-lead singers (a guy and a gal) and we did the Sugarland, Little Big Town and Lady Antebellum stuff and it just killed.
Not long afterward we parted ways with the female so all those tunes got tossed out but they're good ones if you have the lineup to pull it off.
Some of ours to help you out;
Mama Tried- Merle Haggard
Good Hearted Woman- Waylon/Willie
Luckenback Texas- Waylon/Willie
Help Me Make It Through The Night- Sammi Smith (original)
On The Road Again- Willie Nelson
Silver Wings- Merle Haggard
Workin' Man Blues- Merle Haggard
Tulsa Time- Don Williams
Amanda- Don Williams
Your Cheatin' Heart- Hank Williams
The Race (Is On)- George Jones (actually, we have two versions of this, George Jones and Sawyer Brown)
Tiger By The Tail- Buck Owens
Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
Ring Of Fire- Johnny Cash (actually we do Joaquin Phoenix's recording from Walk The Line)
Girl From The North Country- Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash
Modern Country Tunes
People Are Crazy- Billy Currington
That's How Country Boys Roll- Billy Currington
Hicktown- Jason Aldean
CrazyTown- Jason Aldean
Country Girl Shake It For Me- Luke Bryan
I Ain't As Good As I Once Was- Toby Keith
A Little Less Talk (A Lot More Action)- Toby Keith
Fast As You- Dwight Yoakam
Guitars, Cadillacs- Dwight Yoakam
Play Something Country- Brooks And Dunn
Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy)- Big-N-Rich
Coming To Your City- Big-N-Rich
Honky Tonk World- Chris LeDoux
T-R-O-U-B-L-E- Travis Tritt
Friends In Low Places- Garth Brooks
If Tomorrow Never Comes- Garth Brooks
Little Sister- Dwight Yoakam (cover of Elvis Presley)
What Was I Thinking- Dierks Bentley
5-1-5-0- Dierks Bentley
Am I The Only One- Dierks Bentley
Tip It On Back- Dierks Bentley (we just started on this one)
Country Must Be Country Wide- Brantley Gilbert
Drink In My Hand- Eric Church
Smoke A Little Smoke- Eric Church
Springsteen- Eric Church (we don't do this but a lot of "modern" country bands do)
Six Days On The Road- Sawyer Brown (not the original artist but it's the version we cover)
Crossover songs that appeal to country crowds;
Can't You See- Marshall Tucker Band
Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Call Me The Breeze- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Gimme Three Steps- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Keep Your Hands To Yourself- Georgia Satellites
As you can see we are a guitar-oriented band.
These are just a few of what we do.
Here's my list:
Oh, and if you have the right crowd and the right vocalist, Steve Earle's "Copperhead Road" is fun. Not really country at all, but in my mind it's an influential song because to me it was a great predictor of what country would meld into 20 years later.
Bear one thing in mind.......country music fans either like the new country or hate it. The modern stuff is really not country music, per se, it's really 3 and 4 chord rock with a country twang and a southern drawl. When it comes to country, you need to know your audience.
Just a thought.
My favorite country songs I ever played:
"On a Good Night" by Wade Hayes
"Silver Wings" by Merle Haggard
"Don't Close Your Eyes" ... the first time I ever heard that song was when I played it live. Literally. I was subbing for my former band and their new LG/singer called it and I was like, what the eff is this but instantly the dance floor filled up.
It was pretty harrowing to follow the first time cause the changes aren't exactly conventional for a country song but it's not hard once you get it down. And it's a huge crowd pleaser at least in these parts. Devastating lyrics.
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