desert island albums, and when I lived in NYC I listened to Hank Junior everyday on the subway ride home from my internship (yeah, I did not have the happiest experience living there for a summer). Oh, then there's Billy Joe Shaver, and Jerry Reed, and David Allen Coe (on who's tour bus I wet my pants once due to fear, but that's another story), and all the real old stuff, goodness. So the whole movie, I was keeping an ear open for who Bad Blake, the protagonist resembled in sound. To me, the soundtrack reminded me most of J.J. Cale- one of my favorite artists to see live. I got home last night and compiled my own Bad Blake-esque album of some of my faves-
1. T is For Texas- Waylon Jennings (from Waylon Live), I challenge you to not sing this song at the top of your lungs
2. Cajun Moon- J.J. Cale- like many of his songs, it's quiet, a little spooky, and addictive
3. Georgia on a Fast Train- Billy Joe Shaver- an autobiographical tune of his, this is another one I prefer to sing at the top of my lungs
4. Long Haired Country Boy- Charlie Daniels Band- It's the lake, it's a cold beer, it's windows down in the car.
5. Please Come to Boston- David Allen Coe- one of his tamer tunes, I really think it's a beautiful song.
6. Lukenbach, Texas- Waylon Jennings- no explanation needed.
7. Knoxville Courthouse Blues- Hank Williams, Jr.- For obvious reasons, I like this song by title alone, but I also love speculating whether it's a true story. I know James Brown has been to jail here, not sure on Hank.
8. Highwayman- The Highwaymen- Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, does it get any better?
9. Ride Me High- J.J. Cale- one of the sexiest songs ever.
10. Amos Moses- Jerry Reed- Me and brother love this one (especially after a few beers).
11. Mama Tried- Merle Haggard- I love the guitar in this song- first heard the Grateful Dead's version which got me into Merle in early high school.
12. Sensitive Kind- J.J. Cale- I remember in college falling asleep to this song in college, wondering where the guy was who would appreciate that I am a sensitive kind.
13. Magnolia- J.J. Cale- I like this with Sensitive Kind- feel like two parts of the same song.
14. Me and Paul- Waylon Jennings- I think Bad Blake would definitely identify with this one. Outlaw country life on the road.
15. Guitar Town- Steve Earle- see above.
16. Live Forever- Billy Joe Shaver- I was so excited when they discuss this song in the movie, because I just adore it.
17. Call Me the Breeze- J.J. Cale- he wrote this, Cocaine, After Midnight, Traveling Light, Crazy Mama- I mean the man is an incredible songwriter. Eric Clapton once said that Lay Down Sally was his attempt to write a J.J. Cale song. I love me some Slow Hand, but he doesn't even come close.
What would you add to my "Inspired by" soundtrack? Have you seen Crazy Heart? Or any other Oscar contenders?