Friday Genius Ten “Back From West Texas And Fixing To Watch Larry David” Edition

By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, December 27, 2008 1:42 EDT
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Picking a country song because we were, you know, in the middle of Redneckylvania.

Original song: “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton.
Here’s her singing it on “Hee Haw”:

1) “Cowboy Take Me Away”—Dixie Chicks
2) “I’ll Fly Away”—Alison Krauss
3) “She’s Got You”—Patsy Cline
4) “Bloody Mary Morning”—Willie Nelson
5) “Ring Of Fire”—June Carter Cash
6) “Drive Nails In My Coffin”—Ernest Tubb
7) “See The Big Man Cry”—Charlie Louvin
8) “My Best Girl”—Lucero
9) “Copperhead Road”—Steve Earle
10) “Piss Up A Rope”—Ween

More videos after the fold. June Carter Cash doing “Ring Of Fire” in a way that’s close to how she originally did it. (Johnny Cash’s version followed hers closely; obviously, it’s because she wrote it about him.)

Ernest Tubb:


Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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