As a teenage new waver I could never figure out Elvis Costello's interest in country music. How did he get there? It made no sense. But that's because I hadn't been listening to Brinsley Schwarz, Nick Lowe's band in the early 1970's. (Lowe of course produced Costello's first five albums, though not the Nashville Almost Blue.)
Despite It All (1970) is Brinsley Schwarz's second album. I think it might have taken its name from a disastrous promotional tour of New York later known as the Brinsley Schwarz Hype, which took place just prior to its release. It's country rock. The hit track "Country Girl" sounds very like The Band. Strange to think this was big in London in 1970. It points to Southern California if anywhere. "Old Jarrow" sounds to me a lot like Fleetwood Mac's "World Turning".
This site has a nice synopsis of Brinsley Schwarz.
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