If there’s one thing I have a passion for that comes close to equaling my love of classic movies, it’s traditional Country Music. Singers like Waylon and Willie. Haggard and Jones. Alan Jackson and the star of this enjoyable comedy/drama with plenty of music, George Strait.
Truthfully I never thought I’d see the day that I don’t follow Country Music but it’s changed so much that there’s very little left of what first attracted me to it. Just give the song, Murder On Music Row, a spin. It’s a duet by Jackson and Strait which pretty much sums up my own feelings about the state of Country Radio. Thankfully Willie’s Roadhouse is available on Satellite to keep my old favorites alive.
As for Pure Country, the film casts Strait in his only leading role and one he should have been quite comfortable in. That of a Country superstar who pulls a Crocodile Dundee “walkabout” and disappears from his tour and gets back to his roots taking up residence on a working horse ranch and finding love with the girl next door type, Isabel Glasser.
Playing Glasser’s father is western legend, Rory Calhoun, in what turned out to be his final role. Also starring is Lesley Ann Warren as Strait’s overbearing agent and implied former lover.
If you love traditional Country Music that descended from the likes of Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell down thru the vocals of Merle Haggard and George Jones before Strait picked up the torch than this one’s an easy watch.
If you already love the music, great! If not give it a listen and maybe you’ll find something here to like. I bought the soundtrack when it first hit the shelves and to this day still play a couple of these songs on occasion when I get together with some fellow musicians.
Here’s a few selected tracks from the film starting with the official video to the song Heartland featuring scenes from the movie with Strait playing his Dusty character.
One of the best tracks on the Album is exactly what the movie title refers to, pure country.
Where the Sidewalk Ends is a classic up tempo Strait number.
The King of Broken Hearts is a great tune written by country singer/songwriter, Jim Lauderdale as an homage to the greatest of them all, George Jones, that Strait included in the soundtrack.
I’ll close with the classic love ballad that Strait delivers to his leading lady, Miss Glasser, at the fadeout. It’s O.K. if you shed a tear at this point of the film . Not that I’m about to admit anything. Here’s the official video.
Love that movie since it came out. And yes Rory Calhoun is great in it. His remark about people speaking too goddam much is priceless. Also love John Doe, funny because i’m currently watching one of his movie that’s hard-to-find named Roadside Prophets, a great road movie.
Doe was really good in the best buddy role who valued his friendship far greater than the charade that Warren was expecting the band to carry out. Yeah I always liked Rory from my early years falling in love with westerns.
Have to look that movie up.
As far as what they call Country Music today, I think it was Waylon who said. That ain’t Country Music. It’s just bad Pop.
Waylon one of the greats. I love his line “If we could all sound like we wanted to, we’d all sing like George Jones.” I saw him three times in concert, he never disappointed.
Truer words were never spoken. I worked Waylon many times over the years, including his first tour when he was a frnt act, and his last tour when he was very sick. Always he was great in permances and gresat to sit dowm and have a beer with.
Here’s a Waylon story you might like. https://donostertag.wordpress.com/2013/04/16/wailing-cuz-a-waylon/
And here a George Jones one you’ll get a kick out of.
Thanks for sharing those stories on Waylon and Jones. Loved the whole Waylon tale. Next to Haggard and Jones he’s right there in my books. I saw Jones approx. 25 times over the years in locations ranging from home town in Ontario to Vegas and other stops. I actually attended his final concert that he didn’t make having passed away before his retirement show. It proved to be a great tribute concert with over 100 acts! Guess I’ll grab my Jones Martin guitar and play a song or two. Yes I was and remain a huge fan of the Possum.
I envy you. I never saw Jones in person even once.
Some very memorable shows in there that stand out. I even landed a ticket to see him tape a TV show at CBC studios here in Toronto. The Tommy Hunter Show which was a staple of Canadian TV in the 60’s thru to the early 90’s.
I’ve heard of this film before, mainly because Miss Scarlet Leslie Ann Warren was in it, though I’ve never seen it. Never been a fan of country music myself, though I do enjoy the songs of Sarah Vista, a British singer who loves Italian Westerns and does homage style songs.
If you look it up I hope you enjoy it. I’ll check into Sarah Vista.