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Author:  Jim Sellick
E-mail:  jim.sellick@mypostoffice.co.uk
Date:  5/3/2010 5:27:47 PM
Subject:  Mickey In At Number 16
Message:  Hi

A little something that you may all be interested in. The U.K. music magazine 'Uncut' has just published a listing of, in their opinion, the 20 greatest Outlaw Country albums - and Mickey is at number 16.

In reverse order the full listing is:

20) 'Highwayman' - The Highwaymen
19) 'New Beginnings' - Larry Jon Wilson
18) 'Geronimo's Cadillac - Michael Murphy
17) 'Texas Rock for Country Rollers' - Sir Doug & The Texas Tornados
16) 'The Sailor' - Mickey Newbury
15) 'Lullabys, Legends and Lies' - Bobby Bare
14) 'Help Me Make It Through The Night' - Sammi Smith
13) 'Viva Terlingua' - Jerry Jeff Walker
12) 'Longhaired Redneck' - David Allan Coe
11) ' Take This Job and Shove It' - Johnny Paycheck
10) 'I'm Jessi Colter' - Jessi Colter
9) '..... and His Outlaw Band' - Tompall Glaser
8) ' Seven Bridges Road' - Steve Young
7) ' Old Five & Dimers Like Me' - Billy Joe Shaver
6) ' Wanted! The Outlaws' - Various
5) ' Kristofferson' - Kris Kristofferson
4) 'At Folsom Prison' - Johnny Cash
3) 'I'm a Lonesome Fugitive' - Merle Haggard
2) 'Ladies Love Outlaws' - Waylon Jennings
1) 'Red Headed Stranger' - Willie Nelson

Writing about 'The Sailor', the magazine has 'Like his friends and fellow Texans Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson, Newbury helped shape a new sensibility in Nashville. His songs, which could be described as more folk than country, were often melancholic and nakedly confessional. Don Gibson, Eddy Arnold, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition and Elvis ("American Trilogy") all had hits with Newbury originals, though success was elusive for the man himself. By 1979 he'd been around Nashville for 15 years, recording classy albums on tiny labels to a small pocket of devotees. The string-laden 'The Sailor' was slightly more pop, though 'Blue Sky Shinin' and the disarmingly beautiful 'Let's Have a Party' instantly felt like old-school standards'

It's always good to see Mickey's work recognised, and for his name to be put in front of a few more people who may just make the effort to search out his music. Also good to see Larry Jon in the list as well.

Jim Sellick

 Mickey In At Number 16 by Jim Sellick  at 5/3/2010 5:27:47 PM
 Re: Mickey In At Number 16 by Dave  at 5/3/2010 6:47:14 PM
 Re: Mickey In At Number 16 by larry larry at 5/3/2010 7:27:47 PM
 Re: Mickey In At Number 16 by Bill Smith at 5/4/2010 2:19:10 AM
 Re: Mickey In At Number 16 by Jim Sellick  at 5/4/2010 10:31:00 AM
 Re: Mickey In At Number 16 by Judy C at 5/4/2010 10:35:09 AM