Great Philosophers of the 20th Century #4: Ernest Tubb


"I'm just drivin' nails in my coffin . . . "

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Wow....Drivin' Nails isn't Tubb's best known hit, but it's my personal favourite of his. Good call. It's also one of the very first songs I learned how to play off a record, thanks to its mostly two chord melody. Maybe that's where punk rock started.

Tubb's voice is so atypical of pretty much anything in popular music. He wouldn't have a chance in today's world of pretty boy rodeo clowns and goateed rubes, which just about sums up everything you need to know about country music today. Come to think of it, the two Hanks, Williams and Snow, would likely get laughed out of every office in Nashville.

Frankly, the music industry deserves every lost dollar from downloading that slips through its fingers.

When I saw Merle Haggard, he did a tribute to his favourite country singers partway through the show, including a nod to Tubb and an abbreviated version of that song. Great minds think alike.

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Ivan G. said...

When I saw Merle Haggard, he did a tribute to his favourite country singers partway through the show, including a nod to Tubb and an abbreviated version of that song. Great minds think alike.Tubb's updated version of Walkin' the Floor Over You (which came out sometime in '79 or '80) that includes Hag and Charlie Daniels is one of my favorite country singles. It's so infectious you can't help but sing along to it.