5 essential country albums to own on vinyl

Nowadays the options for listening to music are endless and you can take your favorite albums with you wherever you go. But even with all of this modern technology, there’s nothing quite like putting a vinyl record on a turntable and listening to that classic sound. When you consider American and international genres like classic rock, indie, reggae, hip hop, and more, there are countless vinyl records that music fans should add to their record collections. Some of these bigger albums include The Beatles’ Abbey route Where Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Pink Floyd The dark side of the moon, that of Marvin Gaye What is going on and that of Michael Jackson Polar.

Any iconic David Bowie album, the Rolling Stones, Bob dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder, Bruce springsteen, Led Zeppelin, The Clash, Nirvana and Miles Davis would also be on the list of the best vinyl albums to pick up from the record store. For the purposes of this article, here are 5 of the best country albums of all time that you will want to have as vinyl albums right next to your record player.

1. Johnny Cash, At Folsom prison

Johnny Cash performs during the Grand Ole OpryThe Ryman Auditorium’s last show in Nashville, TN on March 18, 1974 (AP Photo / John Duricka)

Johnny cash made a statement when he performed at Folsom State Prison in California. The move, of course, went hand in hand with his hit song, “Folsom Prison Blues,” and not only did it perform at the prison, but he also recorded a live album of the show. in Folsom Jail is an album that stands the test of time. It not only presents one of Cash’s most famous performances, but it captures the raw energy of inmates and freezes time in that moment. For this reason, it is one of the best vinyl albums for a country fan to own.


2. Loretta Lynn, Don’t come home drinking (with love in your head)


Just as Cash made a statement with her performance at Folsom Prison, Loretta Lynn took a stand and showcased her unique writing with one of her greatest hits, “Don’t come home drinking (with love on your mind).” In the song, Lynn sings from the perspective of a woman who is fed up with her husband coming home drunk. The song is billed as the title track on her ninth studio album, and along with 11 other tracks, the project is one of Lynn’s best albums to own.

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3. Waylon Jennings, The Ramblin Man

Country music legend Waylon Jennings performs in Nashville, TN in this May 1984 photo. Jennings passed away at his home in Arizona on Wednesday February 13, 2002, after a long battle with diabetes-related health issues . He was 64 years old. (AP Photo / Mark Humphrey)

Waylon Jennings was one of the outlaw countrytrue pioneers, and he released his The Ramblin Man album at the height of the outlaw movement. Probably one of his best records, the project features many classic Jennings hits such as “I’m a Ramblin ‘Man”, “Rainy Day Women” and “Midnight Rider”. Plus, few albums can beat the iconic album cover of The Ramblin Man, which shows the face of a young Jennings.


4. Patsy Cline, Showcase


Patsy cline was a legendary country artist who left this land far too early, but left behind a wealth of wonderful music for country fans to enjoy for generations. And what better way to enjoy classical Cline music than with a vinyl album? Showcase was released as Cline’s second album in 1961, following his self-titled 1957 debut album. The LP is ideal for classic country fans, as it features many of Cline’s most famous songs including “Crazy”, “I Fall to Pieces “,” Walkin ‘After Midnight “and more.

5. Dolly Parton, Jolene

American country music star Dolly Parton arrives at London Heathrow Airport on May 16, 1977, en route to Glasgow, Scotland, where she is scheduled to perform in a Royal Jubilee television special to the Queen at the King’s Theater. (AP Photo)

A country record collection is never complete without a Dolly Parton record, and the 1974s Jolene is one of his best. Of course, the famous project presents its classic tune “Jolene”, but it also presents its timeless hit “I will Always Love You,” and other songs. The cover art is also unforgettable, as it shows a photo of Parton from the 70s on a yellow background with vintage font. While you pick up Jolene, you might as well buy other Parton records, such as her ACM album of the year Trio album with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.


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