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List of Country Songs by Ke$ha Including Unreleased
Ke$ha is best known for her pop and dance songs but she has a country music background. Her mother is country music songwriter Pebe Sebert who co-wrote the country classic Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You. Old Flames was covered by Joe Sun, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and was a number 1 hit for Dolly Parton.
Kesha Sebert grew up in Nashville and still lives there. She was raised around country music and musicians. She lists Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn as some of her favorite singers. So, not surprisingly Ke$ha has recorded some country songs of her own.
She and her older brother Lagan used to have a country music duo. They recorded some country rock songs that unfortunately have very poor sound quality. They also used to perform live in Nashville when Ke$ha was still a teenager.
Most of her country songs were recorded when she was a teen but she does have a country rock piano ballad called Wonderland on her current album Warrior, as well as the southern country meets rock and roll song Gold Trans Am. She did a cover of Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You for her Deconstructed EP. She has also said she would like to record a full country album someday. Most of her country songs are unreleased but this is true of her songs in general. She has about 100 unreleased songs that have leaked and perhaps hundreds more that haven't leaked yet. She's a very prolific songwriter who writes and records more material than she could ever release.
Wonderland, from Ke$ha's latest album Warrior, was written by Kesha Sebert and Pebe Sebert. She said it's one of her favorite songs on the album. In the song, she reminisces about the friends she left behind in Los Angeles when she became famous and moved back home to Nashville. She wants to go back to those times but knows she can't.
Ain't it funny how time flies,
fades into gold,
Now, I wanna do a drive-by
but I can't find the road
Gold Trans Am
Gold Trans Am uses the beat of Queen's We Will Rock You and the instrumental is influenced by Sweet Home Alabama by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Southern rock mixes rock, country and blues. The song is an example of Ke$ha's feminist lyrics where she puts women in positions of dominance and men into positions of submission. The lyrics also show her great sense of humor and the song is filled with one liners. It was written by Kesha and Pebe Sebert and appears on the deluxe version of Warrior.
Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You
This cover song is on Ke$ha's , which is a collection of some stripped down tracks. The song was written by Pebe Sebert and Hugh Moffatt. It was first recorded by Joe Sun. Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and many others have recorded the track. In Ke$ha's MTV show My Crazy Beautiful Life, her brother Lagan said this was the song that allowed them to live, since single mother Pebe depended on the royalties to raise her three kids. In Deconstructed EPepisode 6, there's a clip of Ke$ha and her mother performing the song together on stage. Start from 13:40 to see that particular segment of the show.
Timber is a song by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull that features Ke$ha. The song is a mix of dance, hip hop and bluegrass. Bluegrass is a subgenre of country. The harmonica accompaniment in Timber samples the 1978 song “San Francisco Bay” by Lee Oskar, who is credited as a songwriter. The song mixes a dance beat with harmonica. Ke$ha and her mom wrote the chorus.
I'm the One
I'm the One is an unreleased track that was recorded when Kesha was still a teenager. The writers of the song are unknown. It's a country pop song a little along the lines of what Taylor Swift does. It's unknown when it was recorded or why. It may have been a demo to sell to other artists or it may have been written by Kesha and her mother.
Kesha started recording songs when she was 15. She recorded songs for TV shows like Victorious and Degrassi as well as demos and an ad jingle for the CW TV network called TV to Talk About. When she was 18, she recorded a song called Invisible for The Barbie Diaries 2006 soundtrack. Her first hit Tik Tok was released three years later.
Baby, It's You
Baby, It's You opens with an instrumental that sounds a lot like Sweet Home Alabama. The song was written by Ashley Francis Howes, Jodie May Seymour and Martin Peter Harrington. Again this is another country pop sound. This was likely recorded by Kesha as a demo but it was never sold to another artist.
Boys Just Suck
This is another song that sounds like something Taylor Swift would do. Although, it was likely recorded before Swift released her first album in 2006. The song was written by Kesha Sebert, Pebe Sebert and Cliff Goldmacher.
Bullet With Your Name On It
This is one of my favorite unreleased songs by Kesha. The sense of humor she displays in songs like Tik Tok and C'mon is evident here. The song was written by Kesha Sebert and her older brother Lagan Sebert. The quality isn't great on this one because it was likely a self-recording. I really hope she re-records this for a future album. This has more of a country rock sound.
Good to Be Queen
Kesha has strong feminist views and her feminism shows up in many of her songs. This early country rock track has a strong feminist message. It was also written by Kesha and Lagan Sebert. Again, this was likely self-recorded and the audio quality isn't great.
Honky Tonk Song
This is another song written by Kesha and Lagan Sebert. Lagan does most of the singing. Kesha joins in on the chorus. This is a live recording with not so great audio and video quality. Kesha uploaded a video of the same performance as this to her Myspace page on Apr 24, 2007. She said it's a Christmas Eve performance at Springwater in Nashville. So, she was about 19 when it was recorded.
This is a cover of Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones. Lagan does most of the singing with Ke$ha coming in on the chorus. This is also from the Springwater in Nashville.
This is more of a soft rock/country song. It's actually one of my favorite songs of all time. The audio quality is really good on this but it does sound like a low budget recording. The songwriters are unknown but it sounds like the kind of song Kesha and her mother would write.
You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
Ke$ha and Wayne Coyne from the band The Flaming Lips joined Ben Folds Five on stage at the Ryman in Nashville in September 2012. They did a cover of the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn song You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly.
This isn't a country track but if you like her country songs, you will probably like this folk pop track. It's on the Deluxe version of her current album Warrior. It has a banjo and mandolin instrumental and she sounds great singing it live.
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