Silver daggers. Unrequited love. Senseless murder. Graveyards. Encounters with Death. Crazy women wandering the hills. People frozen in various stages of grief.
Gothic elements have long been an important part of bluegrass music, but they also show up from time to time in the country mainstream. With Halloween fast approaching, here’s a playlist of spooky country to put you on edge.
I’m only including one song per artist (some performers have lots more) and one artist per song (some songs are oft-recorded bluegrass standards), so there should be lots of room for you to jump in with your own suggestions. Additions from the alt-country scene, about which my knowledge is quite spotty, would also be most welcome.
- Angel of Death – Hank Williams
- Banks of the Ohio – Red Smiley
- Barbara Allen – Bradley Kincaid
- Cold Dark Waters – Porter Wagoner
- Delia’s Gone – Johnny Cash
- Delta Dawn – Tanya Tucker
- He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
- Jeannie’s Afraid of the Dark – Robbie Fulks
- Katie Dear – The Seldom Scene
- Knoxville Girl – The Louvin Brothers
- Little Glass of Wine – Paul Burch (with Ralph Stanley)
- Long Black Veil – Lefty Frizzell
- Mountain Angel – Dolly Parton
- O Death – Ralph Stanley
- Open Pit Mine – Nashville Bluegrass Band
- Pretty Polly – The Stanley Brothers
- Sorrowful Angels – Patty Loveless
- The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
- Whiskey Lullaby – Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss
- Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) – David Allan Coe