In the song "Cocaine Blues" (in the style of Townes Van Zandt) the opening chord progression (transposed to C) is C - E7 - F. That is a I - III7 - IV or a V - VII7 - I, depending on what your ear hears. The F is held longer than the other two chords, though the following passage definitely uses C as the tonic. To me either interpretation works.
The thing that strikes me as weird is the III7 - IV motion. I know that songs of this style don't need to make sense from a common practice pov, and it might be typical to use only major chords in lieu of diatonic minor ones. It sticks out to me because I can't think of any other songs that use it. While unfamiliar, the chord change is very pleasing to me, and so I was wondering:
- Is there a name for this?
- Are there examples of this type of chord change is other songs? Similar or dissimilar styles.
Not as important (I think?): the b7 on the E is kind of a neutral 7, he bends it up but my ear isn't good enough to say if it quite bends an entire half step. My working theory on why I like the sound is just that the typical guitar bend to a neutral blue note just always sounds good.