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Chapter 41: Hello Walls

Early country

These ten early country songs contain volumes. Each one tells a uniquely heartbreaking story - a lonesome Faron Young talking to his literal house, the doomed gunslinger suitor conjured by Marty Robbins, the chilling sociopathy of the Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner’s hard-earned contentment. Heartland bards unspooling tragic tales is what makes country country, the core feature that’s endured into the modern era through countless trends.
1. Faron Young

Hello Walls

2. Marty Robbins

El Paso

3. Hank Williams

Cold, Cold Heart

4. Cowboy Copas


5. Ferlin Husky

Wings of a Dove (On the Wings of a Snow White Dove)

6. The Louvin Brothers

Knoxville Girl

7. Hank Williams

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

8. Kitty Wells

It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

9. Ray Price

Crazy Arms

10. Porter Wagoner

A Satisfied Mind