Neat mixtape of country music covers in foreign languages

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  1. Pip_R_Lagenta says:

    That was fun! “Harper Valley PTA” has some interesting actors in it. One of the actresses in the clip shown here is DeVera “Dee” Marcus. As a teenager, I was lucky enough to be able to take a few (very few) Improvisational Theater classes with Dee. I have photos to prove it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pip_r_lagenta/tags/deemarcus/

  2. Anonymous says:

    It is a rad site! Their sister site, “Sake of the Song” is a fantastic merch site selling handmade art and items from musicians and bands.

  3. cowtown says:

    Great site! I get so frustrated with those who say “I like anything but country.” If your tastes are soooo broad, shouldn’t the fact that you even hold that attitude raise red flags that maybe you need to investigate the genre a little bit more? A lot of stuff that such people are dismissing is some of the best folk music coming out in this country; it’s just being performed by artists who (often) like steel guitar and (often) have accents. Don’t be hatin’ just because you have regional prejudices and because the big Nashville labels have produced very little other than absolute crap for the last 20 years.

    Just in the Texas pantheon, we have Robert Earl Keen (my favorite songwriter, bar none), Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, and so many more.

    • pinehead says:

      Hey! There’s nothing wrong with steel guitar. It’s just that a lot of producers will toss one into a crappy song in an attempt to dress it up a little.

      The Harper Valley PTA vid was definitely something different, but the singer did a fine job with it. It’s always fun to hear a familiar style of music re-imagined within another culture’s framework.

      • cowtown says:

        Oh, understood. My gripe is, honestly, tangential to this post. I am not an audiophile or music guy by any stretch, but I don’t think I’m without discernment, and I’ve just met or encountered so many people who fancy themselves fans of every other type of music who think that no song easily traced to country influences can possibly be any good.

        “I haven’t been drawn to the genre enough to explore what it offers” or “I have been investing my time in other genres with which I more easily identify” = OKAY

        “All music except country is good” = DOUCHEBAG

        • pinehead says:

          Oh, we’re on the same page as far as the douchebags go. I was just light-heartedly picking on your reference to steel guitars.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a great playlist. I’ve listened to it twice this morning so far. Thank you!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Tjoho!

  6. cat0 says:

    Usually we’ll say “jii-ha!”, which when pronounced sounds just like your yee-haw. Remember, half of Minnesota came from over here. Or something.

    Oh, and awesome tunes.

  7. mbertier says:

    In the same vein (somewhat…), there’s an ongoing contest covering popular english songs in french. Results are quite funny : http://www.pardon-my-french.fr/

  8. cmpalmer says:

    I LOVE this. For some reason, I have a thing for odd covers.

    I used to say I hated country as well, but then I realized that I did actually like a lot of country songs, particularly old country songs and alt-country and bluegrass stuff. Then I realized that I just hated bad country songs just like I hate bad pop songs.

    There’s a lot of good music out there and I love it when people point out things like this.

    I’m listening to “Dark as a Dungeon” now. The pops and crackles from the record are like a time machine. I’d forgotten this song, but my grandmother used to sing it when I was young. Beautiful cover.

  9. Jonathan Badger says:

    The idea of country music being played out of its Southern USA context reminds me of the bizarre Mexican music craze of 1950s-1960s Yugoslavia

  10. houshuang says:

    This song is great, I randomly came across it on a mix-album of Norwegian ’60′s music, and wanted to find out more. Spent an hour on Youtube, Wikipedia etc. Turns out there’s also a Swedish cover, although the content is quite different. I love the internet for sending me on these “hunting expeditions” across cultures and languages. http://reganmian.net/blog/2009/12/21/harper-valley-pta-fru-johnsen-froken-fredriksso/

  11. Anonymous says:

    I thought that was a dobro on Harper Vally PTA, not a steel guitar…

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