Country Music: Off the Beaten Path with Mel Tillis
by Max Sparber
Mel Tillis, one of the Country music's superlative songwriters and a defining voice of 1970s country, died Nov. 19 at the age of 85. Unfortunately, but for a few best of albums, most of his substantial recording career in not currently available for download.
Ordinarily, when a Country great dies, I like to take a ramble through their odder material, but, with Tillis, there isn't that much of it easily accessible. Perhaps his death will cause a reissue of his work, and I can revisit it, but, for now, I will offer four of his wilder original songs and four surprising covers of songs Tillis wrote or co-wrote.