Fergus County Jail

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What makes a good song? Does it have to be catchy? Have a good beat? Move your emotions? For me-it varies-like most music lovers-I like slow songs, fast songs, songs that have a beating bass, songs that tell a story, songs that are silly, songs that  make me mad, songs that make me cry-I’m sure by now you get the point-I like lots of songs.

Front Range is one of our favorite bands-even though they’re no longer a band. They were in their hay day during the 80’s and 90’s, but even then they didn’t seem to garner the respect and fame that we believe they deserved. I’ve often wondered if they’d hailed from Kentucky or North Carolina instead of Colorado, it would have made a difference in their Bluegrass Careers.

Not only was their music and vocals top notch-their songs were a cut above most. Bob Amos-their lead vocalist penned some of the songs they released. You can check out Pap and Paul performing 2 of his-The Hills I Call Home and Way Back In The Hills-2 of my all time favorite songs.

Fergus County Jail

Fergus County Jail is another outstanding Front Range song. All those things it takes to make a good song-it has them: a tune that you won’t be able to get out of your head, a story so real you feel like you’re there when the hammer comes down or maybe you were the person who hollerd even up the score, emotions-it’ll make you mad-it’ll make you sad, and it’s even perfect for the weather we’ve been having-cold and snowy and wishing we could hear the whippoorwills of spring.

For this Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot-check out Paul and Pap’s version of the Fergus County Jail-I absolutely know you’ll be glad you did-cause it still blows me away and I’ve seen it too many times to count.

So did you like it? What do you like in a song?



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    February 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    These guys are amazing. Thanks for calling my attention to them.

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    Fishing Guy
    February 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Tipper: Some mighty good Pickin and Grinin. I like ballads best and my favorite singer is Blake Shelton who can always tell a great story with his song.

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    Farm Chick Paula
    February 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Love that song- I hadn’t heard it in years! I don’t even know if I knew who originally sung it, either. I had heard of Front Range but didn’t know if they were still a band.

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    February 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I always love hearing the guys playing and singing. Makes me want to be sitting in the room tapping my foot.
    I am like you, I like all kinds of music.

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    February 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Tipper, I have to say what catches me about a song is what type of mood I’m in.
    Some days it’s mellow and some days it’s rowdy, some days it’s down to earth and some times it is a story in the song, kinda like reading a book.

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    February 19, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I like the song, and it is always the music for me, not the words, the beat and the tune. I find it hard to memorize words, but can hum the tune or whistle it. when this song was over i had the beat and could hum it. my husband hears the words and the tune. thanks for sharing. i am headed to take the vocabulary test

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    Miss Cindy
    February 19, 2010 at 8:32 am

    You’re right, Tipper, It’s a good song and the guys do a great job…as they always do!

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    Eva Wike, Ph.D.
    February 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Hey Tipper: Great instrumental and meaningful lyrics!
    We are back from a LONG TRAIN RIDE ALL THE WAY THROUGH Manitoba from Winnipeg – all the way to Churchill. We stayed well and SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!!! It was simply wonderful and the dogsled ride was unforgettable!
    Keep that warm music coming on – WE NEED IT as the temperature is just about as cold here in Tennessee as it was way up North! Love it! Eva Nell

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    Sheila Bergeron
    February 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Always the best-this was a good song

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    February 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Wonderful sound! I love songs that tell a story! Enjoyed this very much! blessings,Kathleen

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    February 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    i love hearing your guys play.. my brother was here and he was so taken by their sound.. thank you for sharing,

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    February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    I love this Tipper. What I like in a song depends on the mood I am in. Sometimes I feel reflective and want slow melodic sounds but other times something more upbeat. I guess I like most kinds of music.

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    February 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love bluegrass music, Tipper… It’s just so true to life in the mountains. I grew up with ‘hillbilly’ music –and hated it.. What I like best are the instrumentals and not the voices as much. I love hearing banjos, guitars, mandolin, etc…. AND–I love the fiddles…
    Great group… Their singing is good since it is mellow.

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    February 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Bravo!! Bravo!! I loved it!! I was swaying and foot tapping to this!!
    I like different kinds of music. I love songs like this and I love songs that have words that move me. It just depends! This was great!

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    haystack jackson
    February 18, 2010 at 10:47 am

    i think harmony plays an important part in a good song

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