Because Songs Matter


It’s been a while since we had a fun little crowd participation thread and when I saw this question run across my Facebook wall I decided I’d give it a shot here.

So: If you could only listen to the discography of 3 artists/bands for the remainder of your life. Who would they be?

Me: Merle Haggard, The Beastie Boys and The Drive-By Truckers up through The Dirty South.



  1. Don Waugh Esq Don Waugh Esq
    April 4, 2012    

    Assuming that this also includes FUTURE recordings as well as current records…

    Miserylab, iVardensphere, and Webb Wilder.

  2. April 4, 2012    

    Johnny Cash, The Replacements and its hard to argue with The Beastie Boys.

  3. Mike Ostrov Mike Ostrov
    April 4, 2012    

    Drag the River, The Replacements, Beat Happening

  4. Joe Singleton Joe Singleton
    April 4, 2012    

    John Martyn
    Johnny Cash
    Van Morrison

  5. TempleRats TempleRats
    April 4, 2012    

    Waylon Jennings
    John Williams (the classical composer)

  6. Martin Luther Presley Martin Luther Presley
    April 4, 2012    

    Waylon Jennings

    • TempleRats TempleRats
      April 4, 2012    

      oh, the Ramones. Those recently released remasters sound great and the added bonus tracks are fun to listen to

  7. Sarah Sarah
    April 4, 2012    

    Alison Krauss & Union Station
    Tim Barry

  8. Good Gravy Good Gravy
    April 4, 2012    

    AC/DC – at least through Back In Black
    Neil Young – there’s a ton of good stuff old and new. Plus, mayve I would finally ‘get’ Trans
    David Lowery – cause then I can include both Camper van Beethoven and Cracker

  9. Bradon Brackett Bradon Brackett
    April 4, 2012    

    Drive By-Truckers
    Albert King

  10. April 4, 2012    

    Waylon Jennings
    Drive-by Truckers

  11. mikeh mikeh
    April 4, 2012    

    Bruce Springsteen
    Drive By Truckers

  12. k k
    April 4, 2012    

    Tom Waits
    Drive-By Truckers

  13. Jay Jay
    April 4, 2012    

    Tool, Pearl Jam, Rilo Kiley

  14. tommy tommy
    April 4, 2012    

    thin lizzy

  15. nathan nathan
    April 4, 2012    

    creedence clearwater revival
    james mcmurtry
    Allison Krauss & Union Station

  16. David Jones David Jones
    April 4, 2012    

    Uncle Tupelo
    The Gaslight Anthem
    The Mike McClure Band

  17. showtime showtime
    April 4, 2012    

    Lana del Rey
    Chris Knight
    Lucero, W&W only

    Too soon?

    • April 4, 2012    

      LOL on Lucero, W&W only

  18. ljhord ljhord
    April 4, 2012    

    1. Eric Clapton
    2. Ry Cooder
    3. Eva Cassidy

  19. Ray Miller Ray Miller
    April 4, 2012    

    Lucero, Slobberbone, Merle Haggard

  20. SxPxDxCx SxPxDxCx
    April 4, 2012    

    Slayer / Waylon Jennings / X

  21. JPD3 JPD3
    April 4, 2012    

    The Grateful Dead, Robert Earl Keen, and Paul Simon. I think that between the three you can get a taste of just about any genre of music, and they’re all perennial favorites of mine.

  22. Trainwreck92 Trainwreck92
    April 4, 2012    

    Lucero/ Ben Nichols
    The Black Keys
    Johnny Cash

    Outkast nearly made the cut.

  23. April 4, 2012    

    Two Cow Garage, Tim Barry, Sonia Tetlow

  24. Lance Lance
    April 4, 2012    

    Two Cow Garage
    Frank Turner

  25. 307 307
    April 4, 2012    

    The Hold Steady



    Almost thought about putting the Slapstick family tree (larry arms, Trio, Falcon, etc) but figured that would be cheating.

  26. April 4, 2012    

    Lucero, Social Distortion & The Gaslight Anthem

  27. Brandon Brandon
    April 5, 2012    

    Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Glossary… In that order

  28. Randy Randy
    April 5, 2012    

    Scott H Biram

    Ten Foot Polecats

    The King Jimmy Martin

  29. Straggler42 Straggler42
    April 5, 2012    

    Cross Canadian Ragweed

    Randy Rogers Band

    Dwight Yoakam

  30. April 5, 2012    

    Lou Reed
    Johnny Cash
    The Beatles

  31. Andy Andy
    April 5, 2012    

    Old Crow Medicine Show, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings

    Thats tough… if we were taking future discography I would probably say Justin Townes Earle and Joe Pug would take out Bob and Waylon.

  32. April 5, 2012    

    If I am honest mine would probably change daily but as of this moment they are:

    1. The Replacements
    2. Tim Barry
    3. Social Distortion

  33. Brandon Brandon
    April 5, 2012    

    1. Chuck Ragan/Hot Water Music
    2. Tom Waits
    3. Tom Petty

  34. Mike Ostrov Mike Ostrov
    April 5, 2012    

    Does my heart good to see Rilo Kiley, Lou Reed, Thin Lizzy, and John Martyn up there.

  35. Davis Davis
    April 5, 2012    

    Sons of Bill
    Drag the River

  36. Scott Fuchs Scott Fuchs
    April 5, 2012    

    The National
    Hold Steady

    Arctic Monkeys. Yeah. I know. I cheated.

  37. Gorillarenson Gorillarenson
    April 5, 2012    

    Merle. All the way.

  38. April 6, 2012    

    Bruce Springsteen
    The Grateful Dead
    Bob Dylan

    I love so many others but if I can only have 3 it’s gotta be these.

  39. shayne shayne
    April 6, 2012    

    going for quality, variety and depth of catalog, I’d have to say

    James Brown

  40. NateDawgSC NateDawgSC
    April 6, 2012    

    A discography question



    Tom Adams (banjer)

    Green Day

    Wow, such a great question

    These list are disappointing. @autopsy c’mon man ‘after dirty south’. Get right little feat almost made it… Don’t open that door

  41. April 7, 2012    

    Lou Reed
    Johnny Cash
    The Beatles

  42. April 7, 2012    

    This is really, really hard.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and…Can I cheat?

    Waylon (cause, Waylon…and there would bits of Willie, Tompall, Kris, Johnny, Jerry and all those Hank songs he did a few years back)

    and then…aghh…Warren Haynes maybe? Hughie maybe? Burnside or Hooker?

    How did you all pick just three???

  43. DougT DougT
    April 7, 2012    

    Paul Simon

  44. Melissa In Vail Melissa In Vail
    April 7, 2012    

    in alphabetical order, since i couldn’t order them another way: Drag the River, Slobberbone, Two Cow Garage

  45. Rich1 Rich1
    April 8, 2012    

    At first I thought this was an easy one..
    and I rambled off…
    The Replacements
    The Ramones
    Two Cow Garage
    Maybe Tupelo
    Maybe the .357 String Band
    ….then I saw the word—discography..and took that to mean all albums.
    Could I listen to Don’t Tell a Soul or Halfway to Sanity again without wanting to snap these CDs in half…not likely. Give me the Mats throught Pleased to Meet Me and Ramones thru Too Tough To Die (with a few Mondo Bizarro and Adios Amigos tracks)…
    I could listen to all CDS…Two Cow is a band that is still on the way up…(still in an upward trajectory) as was Tupelo and .357. The Mats and Ramones best days and were behind them…those final albums should never have seen the light of day..

    • Mike Ostrov Mike Ostrov
      April 10, 2012    

      Ah, Don’t Tell a Soul and All Shook Down aren’t so bad: Talent Show, Achin’ To Be, I’ll Be You, Portland, Sadly Beautiful, and Attitude are all hella sweet. But, I hear what you’re saying and obviously one doesn’t spin those front to back as one would Let It Be or anything from the glory days.

  46. Castro Castro
    April 9, 2012    

    1. Hood (DBT, solo, Bettye, Booker etc)

    2. Tweedy (Tupelo, Wilco, solo etc)

    3. Lennon

    Cash and Springsteen on the bench in case of injuries,

  47. BC BC
    May 21, 2012    

    The Band
    Howling Wolf
    Left Lane Cruiser
    (tough to argue with Drive-By Truckers, Tom Waits, Ten Foot Polecats & Lucero though)

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