Monday, February 20, 2023

John D. Loudermilk - The Open Mind Of... 1961-68 [2006]


John D. Loudermilk - The Open Mind Of... 1961-68 [2006]

The eye-catching psychedelic art on the cover of 1969's The Open Mind of J.D. Loudermilk is more tongue-in-cheek than a reflection of the music within. Loudermilk, one of the greatest Nashville songwriters of the late '50s and early '60s, seemed to believe that this album would blow the lid off the music world, but it is not nearly as controversial as he suggests in the liner notes. A mixture of conservative and progressive political views, the songs blast the "new morality," the drug culture, and accuse peace protesters of killing policemen. "Goin' to Hell on a Sled" is the most overtly political cut on the album, but "The Jones" critiques Madison Avenue materialism and keeping up with "the Joneses," "Poor Little Pretty Girl" takes a swipe at the objectification of women, and "Brown Girl" looks at interracial romance. Other songs, such as "Nassau Town," are pretty folk-pop ditties of the sort more commonly associated with Loudermilk. The Australian CD reissue adds 15 bonus tracks from albums Loudermilk recorded earlier in the '60s, many of which deal with unconventional subject matter, from the environmental dangers of radioactive fallout ("No Playing in the Snow Today") to eminent domain disputes ("Ma Baker's Little Acre"). One stray track from a single, "That Ain't All," closes the set. Many of these recordings previously appeared on Bear Family's two anthologies of Loudermilk's RCA recordings, but the entirety of The Open Mind of J.D. Loudermilk makes its CD debut here. Collectors of oddball country music, as well as fans of Loudermilk himself, will be delighted to find this cult artifact available on CD. (AMG review by Greg Adams)



Track list

01 John D. Loudermilk - Goin' To Hell On A Sled 2:05

02 John D. Loudermilk - The Jones' 3:18

03 John D. Loudermilk - War Babies 2:42

04 John D. Loudermilk - Peace Of Heart 2:30

05 John D. Loudermilk - Sidewalks 2:34

06 John D. Loudermilk - To Ann 1:44

07 John D. Loudermilk - More Than He'll Have To Give 2:20

08 John D. Loudermilk - Poor Little Pretty Girl 2:25

09 John D. Loudermilk - Nassau Town 2:04

10 John D. Loudermilk - Geraldine 1:36

11 John D. Loudermilk - Laura 2:44

12 John D. Loudermilk - Brown Girl 4:13

13 John D. Loudermilk - To Hell With Love 2:44

14 John D. Loudermilk - Ma Baker's Little Acre 2:27

15 John D. Loudermilk - No Playing In The Snow Today 3:39

16 John D. Loudermilk - Bad News 3:00

17 John D. Loudermilk - The Little Grave 2:18

18 John D. Loudermilk - Talkin' Silver Cloud Blues 3:51

19 John D. Loudermilk - I'm Looking For A World 2:00

20 John D. Loudermilk - The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian 3:34

21 John D. Loudermilk - Interstate 40 2:29

22 John D. Loudermilk - Where Have They Gone 1:51

23 John D. Loudermilk - The Little Bird 2:01

24 John D. Loudermilk - Tobacco Road 2:56

25 John D. Loudermilk - Bubble, Please Break 2:15

26 John D. Loudermilk - It's My Time 2:39

27 John D. Loudermilk - That Ain't All 1:52




  1. Hi!
    The link in the post is for the compressed fila of the other post: VA - Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 01+ Vol. 02
    Thank you!

  2. I have been listening to this collection for anumber of years....Always great to go back to


  3. A great songwriter and talent! Many thanks, Paul