He Said She Said: Just A Few Ole Country Boys, Part 2

He Said She Said: Just A Few Ole Country Boys, Part 2

She Said's taste in county music leans towards the quaint. She's never been a fan of modern Nashville glitz, preferring instead the subversive '60s country from artists like Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash that her grandfather loved, and the cowboy ballads her great-grandfather and his farm hand used to sing on their cattle ranch in the panhandle town of Booker, Tex. Much of She Said's favorite country songs are colored by these facts: She grew up in Oklahoma, her father was a California hippie, and when She was five years old her best friend was a genuine, real-life, 70-year-old cowboy named Grover Cleveland Jones. Which leads to a bit of an eclectic mix. For example, "Friends in Low Places" is exactly the kind of Nashville over-production She Said can't stand, but it's also about gettin' drunk and tearin' shit up, that rebellious flavor that's so appealing. And? Garth Brooks is an Okie hero. So there ya go. "Friends in Low Places," Garth Brooks

Listening to this now, though, damn, Brooks' voice is twaaaaaangy. Kind of overkill twangy, in fact.

"Orange Blossom Special"

The bluegrass fiddler's Everest. She Said will always "WHOO HOO!" when she hears it played live.

"Home on the Range"

When Grover Cleveland Jones was buried in the

Heart Cemetery

in Booker, Tex., his friends and loved ones sang this song in memory of the ranch hand. The State Song of Kansas has numerous odd versions on YouTube, from the Japanese cowboys above to

crazy Tori Amos


"El Paso," Marty Robbins

You can trace this one back to

She Said's grandfather


"Okie from Muskogee," Merle Haggard

Sure it's overplayed, and conservative Oklahomans used to


this song, specifically the draft-card line, but Merle Haggard wrote it as a parody, which makes it even more awesome. C'mon. The guy's name is "Haggard." Do you really think he'd pass up a doob? Have you heard

The Melvins' version

(featuring Hank III on the album)? Maybe they'll play it when they come to Warehouse Live in June.

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