Random Wax: Brett Anderson (Ha Ha Tonka) - Jiří Brabec & His Country Beat 'The Best of Country Beat'


February 26th, 2016 by bsradmin

We like to listen to vinyl on Fridays here at BSHQ. Every Friday we have a Bloodshot crew member randomly select a record from his/her personal collection and bring it to the office. The person has to explain why the album is on his/her shelves, and then we listen to it. We call this Random Wax

Today's contestant is a guest star! Long-locked mandolin master Brett Anderson of Ha Ha Tonka sent us his pick all the way from Kansas City! He randomly selected The Best of Country Beat by Jiří Brabec & His Country Beat, from 1972. Here's his explanation on why it's in his collection:

"This is The Best of Country Beat. A true masterpiece and must-have. A collection of mostly cover songs by four Czechoslovakian songwriters. One of whom, Ladislav Vodicka, was considered to be the Johnny Cash of his fair land, though I think he sounds more like Benny Hill. Check out the track "Shane." I assure you no disappointment. Sadly, band leader Jiří Brabec, the brains behind the musical composition, took his own life in 2003, so no chance of reunion tour I suppose. :'-(

I'm pretty sure one of my bandmates planted this into my collection cause this album was given to us by one of our hosts while touring Germany in 2013. I thought for sure it was left behind, but alas, the good ones always come back."

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