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Hammond organ on Country/Americana examples?
Old 1st February 2020
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Hammond organ on Country/Americana examples?

Hi,

Could anyone post good examples of Hammond organ playing on Country and Americana music please?
Old 1st February 2020
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This was a big hit on US country radio. Whether it's good and/or country is up to you, but it's got a Hammond on it.

Old 1st February 2020
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I don't have any recordings on hand, but Delbert McClinton uses a lot of B3, particularly these days. My friend Red Young (who is a total beast on that instrument) has been Delbert's B3 guy for at least a couple decades. I'm sure there are some YouTube live vids out there, but Delbert's later records probably incorporate it too.
Old 2nd February 2020
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It's more toward the gospel end of the Americana spectrum, but the duo album from Mavis Staples and Lucky Peterson (Spirituals and Gospel (Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson) ) has lots of Peterson's heartful organ work...



To be honest, Peterson's organ here is a bit churchy for my jaded, uptown tastes. Give me Jimmy Smith for some searing, jazzy organ playing -- or maybe the consummate studio key man, Dick Hyman, for his broad, broad range and sense of keyboard history (he's also a very strong stride pianist).
Old 16th February 2020
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Just about EVERY hit song on country
radio features Hammond organ.Too
many to list. Turn on a country station,
you’ll hear a tune with Hammond organ
on it within ten minutes at most.

Piano used to drive country songs, decades
ago. Then somewhere around the late 80’s
organ replaced piano as the primary keyboard
in country music. Country is kinda the last
home for old rockers and people who grew
up loving rock.Piano doesn’t sit as well with
heavy guitars as organ does. Heavy guitars
drive most of country music these days, hence
the proliferation of organ in country.
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