Reggae meets country & western

Obviously country & western was a big thing in JA and you can feel that in a lot of reggae.

However, I just bought this record and was wondering if anyone knew of other songs that are such a charming hybrid of the two genres.

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This Mad Professor Fabric podcast has lots of to-ing and fro-ing between country / soul and reggae. Quasimodo's Channel: Mad Professor - Fabric Podcast 24 + 25 [24.02.2009]

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This is awesome made by that Kid called miles who produced that wicked T- Girl (?) ep Return of the B-Girl. His Dad was in little feat - gosh I’m boring myself…

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Uchenne Ikone did a compilation that is along these lines for RSD a few years back.

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Calabar-Itu-Road-Groovy-Sounds-From-South-Eastern-Nigeria-1972-1982/release/9412701

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Wasn’t Jim Reeves massive in Jamaica - there’s some causal link between roots, lovers rock and Dolly, I’m sure of it! There is weird Elvis - crying in the chapel dub version which I have on 7

Must check that out - I bought the 7" for Bumps Jackson - Funky in Jamaica which is an absolutely killer tune.

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This is more of a Country/Afro-pop crossover, but Jess Sah Bi & Peter One from the Ivory Coast have some moments of this.

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Immediately thought of Til Your Well Runs Dry by Peter Tosh.

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Sorry T love - not T Girl!

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Going in the opposite direction I love Jeb Loy Nichol’s version of Pablo Gad’s “Hard Times”. Obviously it helps if you start off with a deadly original, but Nichols acoustic guitar and voice version is pretty special, and a song for our times as well…

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Additional to The Jeb Loy post above … The Fellow Travellers (which include him) approach this well from the country folk end:

Things and Time is a great album as a starting point

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crackin’ 7" picked it up myself…good shout on trying to find other bits like this piers :slight_smile:

Hey @aliwarm ! Do you know what her other 7” is like? I’m slightly regretting not taking a punt on it now…

From what I remember not so great so best to keep your £’s for something else as it was just that 7" that was the audio gold :slight_smile:

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Seconds on the Jeb Loy longplayer. Including versions of riddims you will know like Movin Time which is Scratch Secret Laboratory riddim done again. Well it is OnU sound. Just lovely listening for a lockdown time. Be looking out for the other mentioned here

I’m glad this was posted - this is what first sprung to my mind.

Love love this album - I saw him at the social and was such a fanboy I bought the vinyl copy and got him to sign it. Those country got soul comps really turned me on to so much, even now I’m listening to tony joe white

Just bought this one which has a reggae / soul thing going on…

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