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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Crowns and Coronets # 8 - Country Queens

This is a series which could run and run until I get bored with it given that there is so much material out there to choose from.
This week I am focusing on Country Queens and you are getting three in chronological order from the oldest to the most recent.

The best of the three also happens to be the oldest. From 2000 and from her debut album Not the Tremblin' Kind on Spit & Polish part of the Glasgow Shoe Shine label Laura Cantrell is the Queen of the Coast.

From 2011 and from the album of the same name Eilen Jewel is the Queen of the Minor Key.

Finally the title song from the 2017 album pictured above  Outlaw country singer Nikki Lane is the Highway Queen.

Something completely different next week.

Laura Cantrell - Queen of the Coast

Eilen Jewell - Queen of the Minor Key

Nikki Lane - Highway Queen


  1. One of John Peel's favourite records, that Laura Cantrell one. The man always had taste.

  2. Laura Cantrell used to have a great radio show called "The Radio Thrift Shop" on WFMU. You can still listen to a whole bunch of the shows (and read the playlists) on the WFMU website:

  3. Can't go wrong with Laura Cantrell, and that Nikki Lane album tempted me last year until I forgot about it, so i appreciate the reminder. Eileen Jewell rings a vague bell too. Good selection.

  4. I voted for Laura before you even wrote this post. Ellen Jewell was a creditable second though in a Stray Cats kind of way.