The Monkee mainstay also made his mark with country-flavored music.
Most folks will always remember Michael Nesmith best as the wool-capped singer-guitarist for The Monkees, the ersatz Beatles group that started out as the focus of a 1960s sitcom, but whose music proved to be enduringly popular — on records, tapes, CDs and digital downloads, and in live performance — decades after the quartet departed from prime time.
And yet for some of us in the C&I bunkhouse, the Houston-born singer-songwriter — who passed away Friday at age 78 — will also be treasured for his work in a county-flavored vein. Whether he recorded as a solo artist or with his First National Band, performing his own compositions or classics made famous by others, the multitalented Nesmith left a lasting impression on our hearts and minds.
Here are some of his finest country-rock recordings.