Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The 2015/1967 Countdown - 10/18/2016

Today, we return to our 1967's Super "Sensational" Summer Of Love mix, and take a listen to the opening salvo in one of the longest running careers in contemporary music.

Buy For Me The Rain, from their self-title debut, was the first modest single success for Long Beach, California's Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Still college-aged at the time, and able to boast of having included both Jackson Browne and Steve Martin in their formative line-ups prior to the release of Buy Me For The Rain, the band was initially perceived as a bit of a folky/jugband novelty act and struggled mightily in the back end of the 60s after the buzz from Buy For Me The Rain wore off.

But they would regroup in 1970, gain full artisitic control of their recordings, shed the more vaudevillian aspects of their music, and go on to become one of the longest lasting acts in all of recorded music (they are still active today) and one of the most important acts, if not the most important act, in the early development of the country rock sound and a huge influence on later day country-rockers such as John Hiatt, Rosanne Cash and The Eagles.

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