Celebrate Poetry Month With Shel Silverstein Reissues

Brody Vercher | April 10th, 2008

  1. Chris N.
    April 10, 2008 at 10:32 am

    No dollar today!

  2. Hollerin' Ben
    April 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Commander Cody really are something special.

  3. Rick
    April 10, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Shel Silverstein was really an amazing guy. Some country artists like Bobby Bare recognized his genius and took some of Shel’s songs to the top of the charts and many have become classics. His intelligence and sharp wit seem to be lacking from the songwriting committees that dominate mainstream Nashville these days.

    Dierks Bentley should include his entire debut album “Don’t Leave Me In Love” in the Greatest Hits package if he wants to give his fans something worth buying.

    I was a fan of Commander Cody back during the 1970′s along with artists like Elvin Bishop. They never became big stars but they did make some wonderful music that was a wonderful contrast to the mostly dreadful mainstream country music back in those days (apart from the Outlaw types that is.) Comander Cody’s remake of “Hot Rod Linclon” became a classic in its own right which was appropriate for a band from Detroit. Their version of “Cajun Baby” still stands as one of the best country songs I’ve ever heard……

  4. Paul W Dennis
    April 11, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Musically (and otherwise), Shel Silverstein was a true Renaissance Man. Shel’s songs ranged the gamut from children’s songs to nearly everything else. Most of Dr Hook’s output was written by Shel, as was a good part of Bobby Bare’s mid-1970s to early 80′s output

  5. Mike W.
    April 11, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Rick- Dierks has said he has retained the right to “Dont Leave Me In Love” and hasnt signed the rights of it over to Capitol since he plans on releasing it when his Capitol recording deal is over with. I believe he has said he plans on starting his own record label in the future.

    I agree it’s too soon for Dierks to have a greatest hits album, but at least he is trying to make is somewhat different in terms of the involvment of his fans, etc.

  6. Kelly
    April 11, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Well, it’s clear that the old rules/expectations of what a greatest hits album should be and when one should be released have changed drastically. The current trend seems to be 3-4 albums, thus giving the Toby Keith and even Trace Adkins a chance to have mutliple ones (I may be wrong about Keith). Gary Allan has one out now, and it is downright overdue compared to a Dierks one after 3 discs. I am looking forward to the Rhett Akins or Chad Brock greatest hits discs, those should be here anytime now….maybe a James House or Ricky Lynn Gregg compilation????

  7. C. Eric Banister
    April 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Commander Cody should be required listening for anyone who claims to be a fan of the “Outlaw Country” or the Americana movements. If you ask me, they deserve just as much credit as Gram Parsons for laying out the prototype. And you could probably throw Jerry Garcia in there as well.

    As far as Dierks goes, I got to interview him when the last album was released and he said that he definetly planned to release “Don’t Release Me In Love” and while he was a little guarded on the details, he did hint that it could be a digital release on his Web site. Given his recent comments onthe decline of the old guard, I’d say that’s got a good chance of being the method.

  8. Funk
    April 11, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Comander Cody’s remake of “Hot Rod Linclon” became a classic in its own right which was appropriate for a band from Detroit.

    Here is a little trivia for you and it has . The song Hot Rod Lincoln was written by a Spokane, WA man named Charlie Ryan (who died a few weeks ago) describing a trip home following a band gig in Lewiston, ID. There is a twisting turning road that snakes up the hill out of the valley where the Clearwater river meets the Snake river at the Idaho/Washington border. It’s called the “Old Spiral Highway” and you can see it on this map, if you blow it up to about the fourth level from the maximum drag it to look a little bit north of Lewiston. http://maps.yahoo.com/;_ylc=X3oDMTExNmIycG51BF9TAzI3MTYxNDkEc2VjA2ZwLWJ1dHRvbgRzbGsDbGluaw–#mvt=h&lat=46.439156&lon=-117.005888&zoom=16&q1=Lewiston%2C%20ID

  9. TXROSE
    August 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    WHERE DID GEORGE STRAIT GET THE LYRICS FOR TROUBADOUR?IT IS MY BELIEF THAT JAMES KING WROTE THAT SONG AND WAS PRESENTED TO GEORGE STRAIT BY BOB DILLEY.MR.DILLEY TOLD US THAT MR. STRAIT DID NOT BUY THE SONG NOW IT IS A HIT.WHO GOT THE CREDIT FOR THAT SONG ? IT CERTAINLY WAS NOT JAMES KING (TXROSE2@SBCGLOBAL.NET

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