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Country Funk Ii 1967 1974 - Various Artists

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Country Funk II 1967-1974 - Various Artists on Limited Edition 2LP

Compiled by Zach Cowie, Matt Sullivan & Patrick McCarthy

All Tracks Newly Remastered

In 2012, Country Funk 1969-1975 (Volume I) gathered together songs from a genre with no name. It’s a genre created not from geography or shared ideology but a term applied retrospectively based solely on the feel of the songs: hip-swinging rhythms with bourbon on the breath. These were songs to make your cowboy boots itchy, written and performed by the likes of Bobbie Gentry, Johnny Jenkins and Link Wray. Songs that encompass the elation of gospel with the sexual thrust of the blues; country hoedown harmonies cut with inner city grit. Compiled from tracks dating from the late ‘60s to the mid ’70s, Country Funk is the sound of country music blending with sounds and scenes from coast to coast, white America’s heartland music blending with the melting pot as the nation assessed its identity in advance of its bicentennial year.

The good news for the people who fell in love with the first volume of Country Funk is this: there’s plenty more where that came from. Light In The Attic has followed up that first 16-track release with a second volume, Country Funk Volume II 1967-1974, and a new set of loose-talking, lap steel-twanging tracks. On the 2LP-set you’ll find household names like Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Kenny Rogers, Jackie DeShannon, JJ Cale, Bobby Darin and Dolly Parton. You’ll also find obscure artists like Bill Wilson, whose lost Ever Changing Minstrel album was produced by the feted Dylan producer Bob Johnston, and Thomas Jefferson Kaye, noted producer of Gene Clark’s opus No Other. Gene Clark’s here too, as half of Dillard & Clark, wringing raw emotion from The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down.”

All of the individuals featured have a story to tell, whether it’s that of the sidelined session musician, the fading star or the country upstart. There’s Donnie Fritts (“Sumpin’ Funky Goin’ On”), whose roots stretch back to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and who has played keyboard for Kris Kristofferson for decades. There’s Canadian group Great Speckled Bird, who joined Janis Joplin and more on 1970’s Festival Express tour. There’s Hoyt Axton, who along with singing the harmonica-sucking ode to “California Women,” also took a role in Gremlins. There’s Jim Ford, who Sly Stone once described as “the baddest white man on the planet.” And there’s Billy Swan, who kicks proceedings off with a soul-stirring organ, a lazy kick drum and his rockabilly vocals echoing like a croon into the grand canyon.

Compiled and presented once again by the team behind Volume I (DJ and music supervisor Zach Cowie plus Light In The Attic’s Matt Sullivan and Patrick McCarthy), the release also includes a reunion of writer Jessica Hundley and Jess Rotter (original album/label artwork and new illustrations by) in the form of a comic book called “The Hot Dawgs." It may be the genre that had no name, but there’s plenty of gas in the country funk trunk yet.

Features:
• All tracks newly re-mastered
• Features cuts by Bob Darin, Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Willie Nelson and more
• 2LP-set housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” jacket
• Includes comic with story by Jessica Hundley along with Jess Rotter’s illustrations

Country Funk II 1967-1974 - Various Artists Track Listing:

1.  Billy Swan - Don't Be Cruel
2.  Bob Darin - Me and Mr. Hohner
3.  Hoyt Axton - California Women
4.  Townes Van Zandt - Hunger Child Blues
5.  Thomas Jefferson Kaye - Collection Box
6.  Willie Nelson - Shotgun Willie
7.  Jackie DeShannon - The Weight
8.  Gene Clark & Doug Dillard - Don't Let Me Down
9.  Bill Wilson - Pay Day Give Away
10. Dolly Parton - Getting Happy
11. Larry Williams & Johnny Watson with The Kaleidoscope - Nobody
12. Jim Ford - Rising Sign
13. JJ Cale - Cajun Moon
14. Donnie Fritts - Sumpin Funky Going On
15. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tulsa Turnaround
16. Great Speckled Bird - Long Long Time To Get Old
17. Willis Alan Ramsey - Northeast Texas Women
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1. Billy Swan - Don't Be Cruel
2. Bob Darin - Me and Mr. Hohner
3. Hoyt Axton - California Women
4. Townes Van Zandt - Hunger Child Blues
5. Thomas Jefferson Kaye - Collection Box
6. Willie Nelson - Shotgun Willie
7. Jackie DeShannon - The Weight
8. Gene Clark & Doug Dillard - Don't Let Me Down
9. Bill Wilson - Pay Day Give Away
10. Dolly Parton - Getting Happy
11. Larry Williams & Johnny Watson with The Kaleidoscope - Nobody
12. Jim Ford - Rising Sign
13. JJ Cale - Cajun Moon
14. Donnie Fritts - Sumpin Funky Going On
15. Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Tulsa Turnaround
16. Great Speckled Bird - Long Long Time To Get Old
17. Willis Alan Ramsey - Northeast Texas Women

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