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Country bass - songs to learn

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by stratovani, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. stratovani

    stratovani

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    I'm thinking of a move to more country-oriented music in the coming years. There always seems to be a need on Craigslist for bassists for country bands, and it might be an interesting change to make. There seems to be a lot of threads here as far as techniques for playing country bass goes, but I think it might be quicker if I could get some suggestions for playing country songs, rather than searching through a gazillion threads to find what I want.

    So, give me your suggestions as to what songs I should be learning, especially classic country. Thanks!
  2. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

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    Here is our gig book. It's all Classic Country only one minor chord in the whole lot. The numbers are the page numbers, the lower the number the longer it's been in the book.

    500 MILES AWAY FROM HOME 47
    A
    ACT NATURALLY 93
    ALL MY EXXES 114
    AMARILLO BY MORNING 115
    AN AMERICAN TRILOGY - Elvis Presley 107
    APARTMENT NUMBER NINE 36
    ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT Gag Song 116
    AULD LANG SYNE 177
    AWAY IN A MANGER 176
    B
    BACK HOME AGAIN 118
    BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN 120
    BANDY THE RODEO CLOWN 41
    BEFORE I DIED 121
    BEGGING TO YOU 122
    BLUE SIDE OF LONESOME 17
    BLUE SKIES 106
    C
    CATFISH JOHN 165
    CHRISTMAS 172
    CHRISTMAS LONG AGO 73
    COLD COLD HEART 123
    COOL WATER 124
    COULD I HAVE THIS DANCE 13
    COWBOY LOGIC 48
    COWBOY PRIDE 125
    COWBOY’S SWEETHEART 30
    CRAZY 88
    CRYING TIME 43
    D
    DECK THE HALLS 178
    DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS 127
    DIGGIN UP BONES 16
    DON'T COME CRYING TO ME 31
    E
    ELVIRA 37
    EXCEPT FOR MONDAYS 95
    F
    FADED LOVE in G 11
    FIFTEEN YEARS AGO 71
    FIRST TRAIN HEADING SOUTH 9
    FOLSOM PRISON BLUES 128
    FOUR WALLS 159
    FOUR STRONG WINDS 42
    FOURTEEN MINUTES OLD 61
    G
    GEORGIA ON MY MIND 87
    GOD MUST BE A COWBOY 129
    GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN 179
    GOOD HEARTED WOMAN 22
    GOODNIGHT IRENE 131
    GOSPEL MELODY 68
    GREENSLEEVES 170
    H
    HANK WILLIAM'S MEDLEY 15
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY 72
    HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU 109
    HE THINKS I STILL CARE 80
    HE TOUCHED ME 34
    HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER 7 We open every session with Heartaches
    HELLO WALLS 112
    HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT 40
    HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ 89
    HOME ON THE RANGE 133
    HONKY TONK ANGELS 44
    HONKY-TONK HARDWOOD FLOOR in C 64
    HORSE WITH NO NAME 90
    HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN 76
    I
    I NEVER PASS THERE ANYMORE 163
    I FALL TO PIECES 50
    I GOT A HOLE IN MY PIROGUE 134
    I WALK THE LINE 58
    I WAS ALMOST PERSUADED 12
    I'M GONNA MISS HER 97
    I'M JUST AN OLD CHUNK OF COAL 24
    IN THE GARDEN 33
    IN THE JAILHOUSE NOW 135
    IS ANYBODY GOIN TO SAN AN-TONE 70
    I'VE GOT A TIGER BY THE TAIL 23
    J
    JACK OF DIAMONDS 167
    JAMBALAYA 28
    JINGLE BELLS 83
    JUST A CLOSER WALK 10
    JUST BECAUSE 14
    K
    KAW - LIGA 79 Yep, this is the one with a minor chord.
    L
    LET THE COWBOY DANCE 29
    LORD I HOPE THIS DAY IS GOOD 55
    LOVING HER WAS EASIER 162
    LUCKENBACH, TEXAS 136
    M
    MAKING BELIEVE 35
    MAMA, HE’S CRAZY 137
    MARIE LA VEAU 45
    MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS 25
    MY SHOES KEEP WALKING BACK TO YOU 160
    MY HEART SKIPS A BEAT 66
    O
    O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM 169
    OH LONESOME ME 63
    OKIE FROM MUSKOGSE 27
    OLE SLEW-FOOT 102
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN 86
    P
    PAPER ROSIE 99
    PEACEFUL EASY FEELING 113
    PRETTY PAPERS 168
    PRICIOUS MEMORIES 166
    R
    RAILROAD BUM 59
    RED RIVER VALLEY 69
    RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER 171
    S
    SAN ANTONIO ROSE 20
    SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN 173
    SANTA LOOKED A LOT LIKE DADDY 138
    SATIN SHEETS 39
    SEVEN SPANISH ANGELS 81
    SHE KNOWS WHY 19
    SHE’S GONE GONE GONE 161
    SILENT NIGHT 174
    SILVER BELLS 74
    SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES 139
    SIOUX CITY SUE 140
    SNOWBIRD 141
    SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW 111
    STAR SPANGLED BANNER 84
    STARDUST 110
    STRAWBERRY ROAN 142
    SUPPER TIME 52
    SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE 57
    T
    TAKE ME BACK TO TULSA 26
    TEARS IN HEAVEN 104
    TEDDY BEAR 67
    TENNESSEE WALTZ 100
    TEXAS 164
    THE FISHING SONG 97
    THE KEY'S IN THE MAIL BOX 103
    THE LOST HIGHWAY 144
    THE NEXT ONE’S IN G 4
    THE TALKING WALLS 98
    THERE GOES MY EVERYTHING 21
    THEY’LL NEVER TAKE HER LOVE FROM ME 145
    THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME 54
    THREE WISHES 75
    TODAY I STARTED LOVING YOU AGAIN 146
    TOGETHER AGAIN 38
    TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS 147
    U
    UNCLOUDED DAY 53
    UNDER YOUR SPELL AGAIN 32
    W
    WABASH CANNONBALL 148
    WALK ON BY 149
    WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS 18
    WATERMELON TIME IN GEORGIA 92
    WELCOME TO MY WORLD 150
    WHAT AM I DOING HERE 151
    WHAT CHILD IS THIS (GREENSLEEVES) 170
    WHEN THE WORK’S ALL DONE THIS FALL 153
    WHEN I DIE, JUST LET ME GO TO TEXAS 8
    WHEN THE ROLL IS CALLED UP YONDER 56
    WHERE DO COWBOYS GO WHEN THEY DIE 155
    WHY ME? 51
    WILD SIDE OF LIFE 157
    WORRED MAN BLUES 85
    Y
    YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS 158
    YOU AIN'T WOMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE MY MAN 101
    YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE 91
    YOUR GOOD GIRL’S GONNA GO BAD 130

    I'm sure Google can call up some fake chord on all of these.
    Google --- Guitar chords, "name of the song" the comma and quote marks help in the search.

    Have fun.
  3. stratovani

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    WOW! There's enough there to keep me going until June 17, 2017, or maybe beyond! Thanks, Malcolm! Hopefully most of these are on YouTube! :D
  4. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    First, I think you have to decide if you are going to try your hand at classic country, or new country. I have played in a half dozen country bands and the ONLY song on the list above I have EVER played is Folsom Prison. I'm not saying my kind is better and his is worse. Far from it. I am only pointing out the tremendous differences between older country and newer stuff. It is as stark a contrast as rock n roll and classic country.
  5. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

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    What disturbs me the most is I have and still play most of these:cool:
  6. MalcolmAmos

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    I guess that makes you and I ----- old.

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