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Some ideas for thematic CD samplers or iPod playlists. Add your own suggestions or submit an entire list

Not all Americana songs are about trucks and trains, but the same subjects do pop up over and over again. So here's some suggestions for thematic CD samplers. The list is in no particular order and is, of course, entirely subjective and primarily based on the contents of my CD collection. Click below the list to make your own suggestions. Or submit an entire list for future publication here.

The Name of the Game

March 5, 2010 Comments: 1

When I started this list, I imagined that it would be 10 artists and 10 sports, but it soon became obvious that that would be inappropriate since most Americana songs about sports are about baseball, with boxing running a distant second (I didn't let fishing in). Still, Australian Perry Keyes sneaks in with one that is surely unique. I challenge anybody to find another song for this list on the subject of rugby league!

1.Kid from Spavinaw – Tom Russell
When God starts throwing changeups you can’t swing with fame and wealth
2. Quick as Dreams – Slaid Cleaves
Sailing by, eight feet high…
3. The Day John Sattler Broke His Jaw – Perry Keyes
If it’s high enough, if it’s long enough, if it’s straight between the posts
4. 715 (for Hank Aaron) – Peter Cooper
Turn of the wrist, crack, jog and touch ‘em all
5. Iron Mike’s Main Man’s Last Request – Todd Snider
Come on champ
6. Shoeless Joe – Rachel Harrington
Tears me up how you can do what you do
7. Baseball – Sam Baker
There’s a kid at bat and there’s a kid on first
8. It Don’t Get Better Than This – Chip Taylor
Tiger Woods is 14 under, last round postponed by thunder
9. Catfish – Bob Dylan
Lazy stadium night, Catfish on the mound
10. Hit Somebody – Warren Zevon
What’s a Canadian farm boy to do?

Baseball songs

It's a nice list and I know most of the songs there pretty well. However if you like baseball songs they don't come any better than those written by Chuck Brodsky. He did a whole album of them at one point (The Baseball Ballads) and there's one on there that makes me weep every time I hear it.

Here's a great YouTube video where Chuck sings "Letters In The Dirt"

I know as much about baseball as the average American knows about cricket but it's unimportant. Brodsky's songs are about life, prejudice, human condition etc seen through a baseball lens. Check him out....


ps Another couple of great ones...Paul Simon "Night Game" and Neil Young "For The Turnstiles"