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Even though country-rock was a viably commercial genre by 1973, former Monkee Michel Nesmith seemed more interested in recording an album with more sophistication than the era’s chambray-shirted chart-climbers. With his sixth post-Monkees solo album, Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash, he brought back pedal steel luminary Red Rhodes, whose dazzling solos shine especially bright here in contrast to the other musicians’ cool restraint. “Continuing” opens with Rhodes’ notes dancing alongside Dr. Robert Warford's banjo over a mellow country shuffle; then Nesmith’s comforting voice joins in and warms up the song. Whether it was a “no hard feelings” gesture or an attempt to enhance the original, he follows this with an improved version of “Some of Shelly's Blues.” Originally a Monkees track that was of Nesmith’s best-written tunes, it had been covered in 1970 by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for its fourth studio album, Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy. Other songs of note here include the gorgeous “Winonah” as well as a conceptual bluegrass jam entitled “The Back Porch & A Fruit Jar Full of Iced Tea.”

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Pretty much your standard Ranch stash is an amazing work of country pop. This album elevated the country/pop style of nesmith to a much higher level in my opinion. Each song on here is just an amazing piece of music. Sadly like most Nez LPs he only had 7 songs on here but when you consider that most 12 track records at the time had maybe like 2 or 3 songs that were great i will take quality over quantity anytime. My favorite songs on PMYSRS are "Continuing", "Some of Shellys Blues", "Winonah" and "Release". Whenever i listen to "Release" i just feel like Mike is there to comfort me. It is a truely uplifting song that takes bad things and puts them in perspective. If you are a Nez head like me, buy the whole album. If you are new to nez then you want track 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Yeah seeing as it is only a seven track album, just better to buy the whole what are you waiting for?!

Listen to the Nez

For everyone viewing Nez as simply a "monkey" I urge you to dive into the rich and varied collection of tunes available her on itunes. Truly a revelation for me, a simple fan of the guy in the wool hat.

Great listen.

Papa Nez gives us another good listen. The problem here is that almost every song sounds the same (in the first five tracks). I don't mind it though. It was a good listen. The standout here for me is definitely "Winnoah". Give this record a listen!


Born: December 30, 1942 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The comparatively level-headed member of '60s teen sensation the Monkees, Michael Nesmith was the most proficient instrumentalist in the group and wrote their best in-house songs, rootsy pop numbers like "Papa Gene's Blues," "You Told Me," "You Just May Be the One," and "Tapioca Tundra." In fact, he had written many songs before even joining the group, and one of his compositions, "Different Drum," was a hit for Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys in 1968. After he left the Monkees one year later,...
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