Rhythm, Country and Blues 1994 | The Documentary Bonus Performances

Featuring legendary performances, historical insights, behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with the stars, this monumental event explores and celebrates the roots of popular American music as never heard – or seen – before.

Rhythm, Country and Blues (a.k.a. Rhythm Country and Blues) is an album featuring duets between R&B and country music artists on classic songs. It was released by MCA Records on March 1, 1994. The album debuted at #1 on Top Country Albums and #15 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[2] Marty Stuart’s rendition of “The Weight” later appeared on his 1995 compilation The Marty Party Hit Pack. – Shared for historical purposes. I Do not own the rights.

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20 thoughts on “Rhythm, Country and Blues 1994 | The Documentary Bonus Performances

  1. I’m speaking as a huge fan of jazz, soul, and R&B that’s not American and not black. To me it’s really hard to separate black and white in American music. It’s pretty obvious that the music industry has always tried to do just that, with the creation of the so-called “race records”, separate charts, and that sort of thing. But at the end of the day, if we look at jazz…it’s basically a mix of vaudeville, African rhythm and musical structure, and European band music. Blues and country are, to me, indistinguishable. The industry has always fostered the notion that blues is black and country is white; but that’s an artificial separation. Take a modern “country” hit like Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” [] I mean…that, as far as I’m concerned, is 100% a blues. They call it country because he’s white; but that’s blues. The heart of both is the same. Gladys Knight rightly said that black performers were called R&B while white performers were called pop. It’s all marketing. But, in my mind, the heart and soul of American music is mostly black, with some key white elements. And by “white” I mean mostly Cajun and Spanish. I may be totally wrong, but that’s the way I feel about it.

  2. “THE WEIGHT” is a GREAT song. Love the collaboration of THE STAPLES & MARTY STUART. 😊

  3. African Americans created the Blues, Folk, Gospel, Jazz, Country, Rock ‘n Roll, Soul, R&B & Rap music…

  4. Don’t forget about the song writers. Those songs were so classic, you could be someone who couldn’t carry a tune but belt out one of those and you CAN’T sound anything but good!
    Music and rythmn is the proof we all come from the same source. Amen!

  5. I know were supposed to hate each other right now and be verbally quarrelsome,but I just want to say I appreciate the comradery in this video. I know there is inequality and differences in the world among races,but I wish we could find the rhythm of life together like they did in this documentary. May be my idealism for a better world,but I wish.😢 I Love all yall! Black folks,White folks and the rest of you miscellaneous.

  6. A bit cringe worthy every time the Anglo-European musicians referenced Country as their own creation–NOT! Europeans are known for their native music which is nothing less than Euro-folk music (Irish, English, Scottish, German, Dutch, Eastern European etc)…after all they are IMMIGRANTS to our great land and really have not contributed anything noteworthy or even praiseworthy in music history when it comes to the generals and masters of our time like Ella, Duke, BB King–just to name a few…I always like to watch the expressions of the Anglo musicians as they perform a duet with our Indigenous musicians–you can clearly see there’s almost a silent inferiority complex going on simply because they know they are in the presence of TRUE MUSICAL GENIUS & GREATNESS!!!

  7. You’ve got to love Don Was. He can go from working with all of these people to producing Brian Wilson and making some Jazz tinged movie soundtrack and then turn around and work with the Black Crows or Iggy Pop and allow each project to be its own thing with its own sound and character.

  8. Great video , thanks for posting.
    If anybody is interested in Ulster-Scots/Scotch-Irish roots of Country music , this video is worth watching

  9. why do people share clips but stick some stupid little logo on the video an ruin it

  10. Thanks for sharing this. Just the thing to watch while celebrating a socially distancing New Year’s Eve 2020. Happy New Year 2021!

  11. I’m not a country music fan but I recognize talent and the pairings, players and producers were perfect. Kudo’s to everyone involved in this masterpiece.

  12. I had this on VHS back in the day and played it soooo many times. So glad I came across it…so just good and refreshing compared to today’s music!

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