Friday, April 20, 2018
#21 Marty Robbins "Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs"
"El Paso" is on this one. Used to hear this played over and over while eating at The Border Café in Harvard Square. That's about my extent of exposure to Marty Robbins before this. While technically country music, it's really more storytelling than anything else. A bit melodramatic, this album kind of perfect illustrates a part of the 50s otherwise not in evidence in the list so far. Westerns were huge and there's an innocence here that has been lost and will never be reclaimed. I wouldn't go out of my way for this kind of thing but I can appreciate it for what it is.