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In The Old Country

by Joe Basquez

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When I was 17 years old, my Dad bought me a set of drums at the urging of his brother and my uncle, Jimmy, who was a drummer from San Angelo. I desperately wanted to be a musician.

I learned to play drums and eventually found myself drumming at Webb's on the county line with Roland "Snake" Atkinson of The Cavaliers. $25 was a nice sum for one night's work in 1970.

This track that I composed is a nostalgic view of that time in my life when I drummed to the beat of classic country music.



In the old country,
we had a royal family keep it strong.
in the old country,
the kings and queens,
they always sang the songs.

There was buck and roy,
loretta lynn,
patsy cline sang crazy all her life.
in the old country
they scooted across the floor in country style.

I played the old country.
snared my drum kit at the county line.
i played the old country.
kept the beat with guitarman on fire.
(snake was picking fine...}

He sang merle and hank,
sang ernest tubb, don williams
and all the country stars.
i played the old country.
made 25 plus free cokes from the bar.

In the old country,
dolly parton crushed us with jolene.
in the old country,
willie's heartache made the walls come clean.

There was johnny cash
with bill monroe and kitty wells...
all playing their guitars.
in the old country,
the sky was filled with famous country stars.
in the old country,
the royal family ruled with their guitars.

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released October 20, 2023
Recorded at FPT Studios in Austin TX
Produced and Mixed by Joe Basquez
Songwriter/Lyricist - Joe Basquez
Instrumentation/Vocals - Joe Basquez
Sound Design - Joe Basquez
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Joe Basquez Austin, Texas

Joe Basquez is an American songwriter, composer and musician from Austin, TX. He is best known for his work at Origin Systems Inc, specifically, his compositions for Ultima Online.

Joe has also worked as a background actor on the set of several movies filmed in Austin. Look for him in "Sin City" as the bartender. He was also in "The Alamo", "A Scanner Darkly", "The Return" as well as other films.
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