Metal, old school country, a classic rock flavored Bruce Dickinson tune and a little new-school country to round things out ...
“Wherever I May Roam,” Metallica. From the album Metallica (1991). From a sitar opening lick to a huge, epic tune. I talked a bit back about how I’ve come to have more appreciation for this record, but this is one of the songs that I always loved.
“Quest for the Hammer of Glory,” Gloryhammer. From the album Tales from the Kingdom of Fife (2013). Next to “Angus McFife,” this might be my favorite tune from this record. It’s an over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek take on a Manowar tune that just happens to be a better Manowar tune than they’ve done in years.
“There’s a Tear in My Beer,” Hank Williams Jr. and Hank Williams Sr. From the album Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (1988). Hank Jr. used recordings and live video to give him a chance to finally play with his father for this 1988 hit. It doesn’t seem as novel in this age when deceased artists perform as holograms, but it was super cool back then.
“Born in ’58,” Bruce Dickinson. From the album Tattooed Millionaire (1990). When Tattooed Millionaire came out, it was quite the disappointment for me since the songs were so different from Iron Maiden and what I expected. Years later, the album features some of my favorite of his songs. This coming-of-age tune about Dickinson’s upbringing is one of them.
“Cocaine,” Jackson Taylor and the Sinners. From the album Aces ‘n’ Eights (2009). Perhaps Taylor’s signature song, it was the one fans were yelling for from the start of the show when I saw him live recently. It’s a rowdy, middle-finger waving country rocker – exactly what Taylor does best.