I Couldn't Be Me Without You
Label: Mercury Nashville
This is a great place to start for those unfamiliar with Johnny Rodriguez, one of the unsung heroes of country music. This collection captures his more obvious hits that surfaced in the '70s including his exquisite covers of the heartbreaking "That's The Way Love Goes" (written by Billy Joe Shaver) and the ever popular Eagles' hit "Desperado." His own "Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico" is a honky-tonk anthem that captures the same kind of freedom that Jack Kerouac extolled in On the Road.