Country Songs, 2018, three-channel video installation. Country songs consists of videos of me singing covers of country songs acapella. The songs are all originally performed by men, either about women or cowboys. This is an ongoing series which includes live performance.

“A Good Hearted Woman” was written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. (Well, physically written on paper by Connie, Willie Nelson’s wife… or that’s how the story goes.) In 1969, Waylon saw a tv commercial promoting Tina Turner as a “good hearted woman loving two-timing men” and he was inspired. Willie was in the middle of a poker game (They were staying in a hotel in Ft. Worth, Texas.) so he obviously couldn’t write ideas down so naturally Connie his wife did that. The song was a hit, released in 1971.

“How Much More Can She Stand” was written by Harry Compton and recorded by singer Conway Twitty in 1971. It enjoyed a solid week as number one on the hot country charts.

“My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys” was written by Sharon Vaughn. It was first recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1976, but was popularized by Willie Nelson in 1980 as part of the soundtrack for a film called The Electric Horseman (starring Robert Redford who, in the film, wears a suit made by Nudie Cohn). It has been named one of the top 100 country songs of all time.

“Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” was written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, first recorded by Ed Bruce in 1976. Several other artists did a version, but the most famous is Willie and Waylon’s version which was on their album Waylon and Willie in 1978. It has also been named one of the top 100 country songs of all time. It is currently the intro song for the Netflix series The Ranch. (Willie Nelson’s version was also featured in the film The Electric Horseman.)

“On the Other Hand” was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. Singer Randy Travis made it a number one hit in 1986.

“The Cowboy in Me” was written by Jeffrey Steele, Al Anderson, and Craig Wiseman. It was recorded by singer Tim McGraw in 2001.