Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Philadelphia Country

Last night at the Merriam Theater, before he sang "Cute As A Bug" about half way into a deeply relaxed, richly enjoyable two and a half hour show with John Hiatt that contained so many songs abut cars and girls that you might have thought you were at a Bruce Springsteen show, Lyle Lovett talked about his first time on the Schuykill Expressway, when he was 11 years old, along for the ride on his father's business trip to Bala Cynwyd. There's something about that image that just doesn't compute.

Philadelphia Country

Last night at the Merriam Theater, before he sang "Cute As A Bug" about half way into a deeply relaxed, richly enjoyable two and a half hour show with John Hiatt that contained so many songs abut cars and girls that you might have thought you were at a Bruce Springsteen show, Lyle Lovett talked about his first time on the Schuykill Expressway, when he was 11 years old, along for the ride on his father's business trip to Bala Cynwyd. There's something about that image that just doesn't compute.

But that's not the only way in which Philadelphia has gone country on this particular snowy Friday. Julie Thanki of The 9513 country music blog posted her favorite Philadelphia country songs today in a Friday Five feature. Number one is Charlie Rich's rockabilly hiccup "Philadelphia Baby," which is posted below. Number five is Woody Guthrie's folkie "Philadelphia Lawyer" is number five. If you want to find out what #2 through 4 are, from J.B. Beverley & the Wayward Drifters, Del Reeves and Marah, you'll just have to go to The 9513, here. Thanki, Julie.

Previously: Hard Headed Woman

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