The Beach Boys Got Around to Country Music

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There’e so much talk and hype about the movie Love and Mercy starring John Cusack and Paul Dano in a duel roll as legendary Brian Wilson in the the 60s and 80s.  This prompted me to Google “The Beach Boys” and Country Music. I found something pretty cool, the Beach Boys crashed Nashville in the early ’90s to make Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1, with a twist. Instead of recording a country album themselves, they collaborated with a batch of country vocalists — ranging from Toby Keith to Willie Nelson and Lorrie Morgan — to perform the group’s old hits. As for the Beach Boys themselves, they provide backing vocals.  Here are some videos from the sessions. Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Sawyer Brown, Tammy Wynette…those were the ones I was able to find.

Side one
No. Title Lead Vocals
1. “Don’t Worry Baby” Lorrie Morgan
2. “Little Deuce Coupe” James House
3. “409” Junior Brown
4. “Long, Tall Texan” Doug Supernaw
5. “I Get Around” Sawyer Brown
6. “Be True to Your School” Toby Keith
7. “Fun, Fun, Fun” Ricky Van Shelton
8. “Help Me, Rhonda” T. Graham Brown
9. “The Warmth of the Sun” Willie Nelson
10. “Sloop John B” Collin Raye
11. “I Can Hear Music” Kathy Troccoli
12. “Caroline, No”

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Since you are seeing this on our website, I included the youtube video description that contains some biographical info about each song.

If you were part of the original Beach Boys Generation, your emotionally scarring tell-tale target date is November 22, 1963, the day that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed in the motorcade making its way through Dealy Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Where WE were that day when we first heard the news has been forever emblazoned in our minds. You would think that this would be the case for any American old enough to comprehend the events of that day but we’ve found that, while pretty much everybody in The Beach Boys camp agrees that their beautiful ballad, “The Warmth Of The Sun,” was somehow inspired and/or completed around the events of that day, they all seem to have slightly different recollections surrounding the circumstances of writing this beautiful song. In fact, man for man, they each seem to tell a slightly different story and, in some cases, the same participant has varied their story over the years.

“The Beach Boys had the presence of mind to film rehearsals and backstage patter as well as performances while in Nashville making Stars and Stripes, Vol. 1 in 1996. The resulting film, The Beach Boys: Nashville Sounds, features the Boys with some of country music’s heaviest hitters, including Willie Nelson (who croons “The Warmth of the Sun” with gentle ease), Rodney Crowell (who rocks with “Sail On, Sailor”), and Lorrie Morgan (who delivers a cheerleader-peppy “Don’t Worry Baby”). Performing with the other artists seems to focus the Boys, whose harmonies sound better here than they have in years. Many of the country singers, while enthusiastic, give performances on the bland side, though one segment stands out as particularly moving: an obviously frail Tammy Wynette valiantly tackling “In My Room,” voice cracking, with harmony from Brian Wilson, himself appearing unfocused and fragile. And fans will appreciate the last significant footage of Carl and Brian Wilson singing together.”
—Anne Hurley For

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