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Examples of country music with just bass, drums and one guitar?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by lfmn16, Sep 27, 2017.


  1. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Anybody have examples of recordings or Youtube videos of the 'big boys' playing country or rockabilly with just one guitar, bass and drums? Most of what I'm seeing or hearing has at least two guitars, usually (for country) steel, fiddle, or other instruments. I'd like to see what the big guns are doing when playing stripped down.

    Thanks.

    By big boys I mean national acts or legendary guitar players.
     
  2. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Johnny Cash?
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Chris Stapleton.
    He falls somewhere between country and blues to me. But the songs are great and he's BA....as is his rhythm section.

    You could probably pull off a lot of Eric Church stripped down without losing anything. "Carolina" is one.
     
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  4. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Do you have back up vocals?
     
  5. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Thanks!
     
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  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Most of his stuff has an electric with him strumming acoustic.
     
  7. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    very limited.
     
  8. Frank Tuesday

    Frank Tuesday

    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Reverend Horton Heat fits your restrictions.
     
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  9. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I don't really know or generally care for country music. I like Johnny Cash though. Thinking of the songs in my head it sounds like they'd be fine with minimal instrumentation.
     
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  10. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    While he was not known for his country work, this one is a serious little country number. It's simple in that it's just a guitar, bass, drums, and steel, but it carries just fine without the steel.

    I did this one in a three piece all the time and it always went over well.



    As for the older generation of country players, they didn't really did stripped down that often, if ever so it's gonna be kinda hard to find anything not fairly new to fit that bill.
     
  11. Junior Brown. Him on his guitar thing/vocals, upright player (that was the king of walking lines) and a drummer that just had a snare and played with brushes.
    Incredible show when I saw him.
     
  12. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Junior's wife plays acoustic guitar. At least she did every time I've seen him.
     
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  13. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1

    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Country with only one guitar?
    That's a sacrilage. lol
     
  14. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I was in a band that did modern country with one guitar - She's Country, Hicktown, stuff like that.

    Suggestion, use bright round wounds strings, and finger the fifth and/or octaves when you can. Helps fill out the songs, especially during solos.
     
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  15. OP, you mention rockabilly. Stray Cats. Modern rockabilly with guitar, double bass and drum. Most Rockabilly bands are trios.:cool:
     
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  16. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Necessity is the mother of invention.
     
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  17. TrevorR

    TrevorR

    Oct 3, 2015
    Near London, UK
    Took the words right outta my mouth!
     
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I was in a power trio when The Allman Brothers made a comeback with the "Where It All Begins" album. We pulled off several songs from that album with drums guitar and bass. It can be done. :thumbsup:

    (It made for a fun bass line and singing adventure doing Soulshine. Like doing long division in your head.)
     
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  19. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Both of you took the words right out of my mouth:)

    We do couple of Stray Cat tunes - fun stuff.
     
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  20. I've been doing this very thing for about 25 years, LOL. Not a "big-gun" by any means though. Just remember the Nashville saying "it all starts with the song." Guitarist has to play differently to fill space, as does the drummer. Backing vocals are a must as well. I also like to do fretless to add a little nuance and melodic "shading." Examples of 3 piece (or 3 + some minor acoustic guitar rhythm) are mostly covered above. Old Johnny Cash, CCR, Stray Cats, Junior Brown, Unknown Hinson, even Keith Urban with The Ranch.
     
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