I have never heard of Marty Robbins and from the cover of the album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs I thought this is definitely not my type of music. I am not a gunslinger. In fact, I have a fear of guns. And if you know me I hate country music.
As I listened to the first song “Big Iron” I was reminded of a film I saw a long time ago Blazing Saddles. I think there was a song similar in the beginning of the film. It is a song that tells a story which could give a writer an inspiration to write a whole film.
All of Robbins songs sound more like storytelling than country music. I am not sure what the difference between country and folk music is, but this reminds me of folk music. Some of the songs almost border on comedy. For instance “They’re Hanging Me Tonight” has one of the best lines ever “They’ll bury Flo tomorrow, but they’re hanging me tonight.” We need more honesty like this in music.
If I was alive and I had written a song at this time period it might have been about the reason I hate guns. “My mother was working in the vault, but she did not know what was waiting for her in the car. Her husband had me at gunpoint and threatened to kill when she finished her job.”
This is not the type of music I usually listen to, but if it was in Breaking Bad, then it has to be good. Right?