There are times at work that if I need a laugh I look through certain artists cd sections. Mid eighties country artists are some of my favorites. It was a time when the country/mainstream/pop crossover thing had just started. Many of these bands delivered the expected goods musically but image-wise they didn’t deliver and the record company art department were trying to package these guys in a way that appealed to a pop audience. My favorite of these groups are Sawyer Brown who got their start by winning a Star Search competition in 1983. Here are a selection of some of their album covers:
Shakin’ from 1985 sets the tone early, hats will play a major role on their album covers
Out Goin’ Cattin’ from 1986 A more subdued approach almost Oak Ridge Boys like, however the captain’s hat shows that they are ready for shenanigans
Greatest Hits 1990 Another hat and ready to party from the looks of those outfits
Cafe on the Corner 1992 Earthtones and trucker hats and not a smile among the mullets. They’ve been listening to some John Mellencamp
Six Days on the Road 1997 We’re still serious but look at this hat and bright yellow jacket, we’re serious and fun
Drive Me Wild! 1999 The boys are back! How much fun are we havin’? This much!