Transitionseeker Podcast #8

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This episode sees our host, Russell, tackling the whole boomer remover/Covid 19 issue, because it’s becoming too important to ignore. Looking through a librarian’s lens, he wonders if collection development criteria and its range of acronyms might be usefully applied to present economic and social policy and, thanks to a handy Twitter thread, investigates some of the models that the ‘anti-capitalist socialists’ are advocating for the post-corona world. Includes talk about a recent Q & A episode. There’s also a new occasional segment on genres, with the first one featured being that most conservative of all musical genres: country music. Expect some classic showbiz anecdotes (but watch out for that C-word!) and bad southern accents, and talk about Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee, which had a sequel written by someone you’d never guess. Russell also reviews the Sidney Lumet film, Serpico (or, rather, wallows in the milieu) and discusses the dietary benefits of ebooks (ie: downright slimming) and how they may help with one’s over consumption of actual books (ie: very fattening fast food). Don’t blow that diet! Next week, Russell promises to put that other C-word on hold.

For a fun look at how librarians weed their collections and utilise that MUSTIE criteria, Transitionseeker recommends the Awful Library Books blog.

Here’s a list of some great country music songs, albums and artists. Not meant to be definitive, it’s more a survey of some classic country, rockabilly and country rock mixed in with some of Russell’s favourites. Recommended!


  • Okie From Muskogee – Merle Haggard
  • He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
  • Bartender’s Blues – George Jones
  • Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
  • Fujiyama Mama – Wanda Jackson
  • Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
  • Seven Year Ache – Roseanne Cash
  • Where Will I Be – Emmylou Harris
  • Lonesome Homesick Blues – The Carter Family
  • Milk Cow Blues – Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
  • Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves
  • Sweet Emmylou – Catherine Britt
  • Return of the Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
  • Hickory Wind – The Byrds
  • The Pill – Loretta Lynn
  • Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
  • Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams
  • Hill Country Rain – Jerry Jeff Walker
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky – Bill Monroe
  • Crazy – Patsy Cline
  • Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
  • Mama’s Hungry Eyes – Merle Haggard
  • Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town – Kenny Roger
  • Before the Next Teardrop Starts – Freddy Fender
  • Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell
  • Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine – Tom T Hall
  • Queen of Hearts – Juice Newton
  • Redneck Mother – Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • King of the Road – Roger Miller
  • Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich
  • Passionate Kisses – Lucinda Williams
  • El Paso – Mary Robbins
  • Guitar Town – Steve Earle
  • Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain – Willie Nelson
  • Ode To Billie Joe – Bobbie Gentry
  • The Grand Tour – George Jones
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  • Ramblin’ Man – Hank Williams


  • Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
  • Red Headed Stranger – Willie Nelson
  • The Highwaymen
  • Blue Kentucky Girl – Emmylou Harris
  • Seven Year Ache – Roseanne Cash
  • Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons
  • Gilded Palace of Sin – Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
  • American Recordings – Johnny Cash
  • Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris
  • Come On Over – Shania Twain
  • Trio
  • Golden Ring – George Jones and Tammy Wynette
  • To The Horses – Lanie Lane
  • Morning In the Bowl of Night – Lisa Miller
  • Honky Tonk Heroes – Waylon Jennings
  • I’m A Lonesome Fugitive – Merle Haggard
  • Rockin’ With Wanda – Wanda Jackson
  • Home – Dixie Chicks
  • Live At Carnegie Hall – Buck Owens & the Buckaroos
  • The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark
  • Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  • Revelator – Gillian Welch

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