Discussion: Country Music Mix

Okay, Folks, I’ve got quite a challenge for you this time!

Do you remember the days between cassette tapes and Ipods? They were the days when we had to make mix CDs for our cars before road trips and for our friends if we wanted to share new music with them. While I realize that many of our fine readers still engage in this practice, I also know that most of us have left that era behind. While it’s nice to have the convenience of today’s slick technology, those were fun times, because it really forced us to think about the songs that we chose for those CD mixes. We paid attention to the selections and the sequence of the songs so that the mix would have a perfect flow. We couldn’t just slap thousands of songs on our Ipods and MP3 players just to skip a fourth of them. No, we had to be selective so that we wouldn’t waste space.

In fact, if I were to pull out some of the CD mixes that I’ve made, each one would perfectly represent my music taste of that particular time. Some of the songs on those mixes would hold up today and others would baffle me as to why I ever liked them in the first place. So, my charge to you is to stretch your imaginations to the time of Mix CDs and give us a list of the songs that represent your current country music taste. What do you find yourself listening to right now?

One thing to remember is that the list does not necessarily have to represent your favorite country songs of all time. It should simply reflect what you find yourselves listening to at this point in your lives. For instance, you’ll see that my list is full of more mellow songs, which is strange for me because I’m usually the one who complains about albums not having enough tempo.

Finally, since the length of the average country song allows for about 18 to 20 songs to fit on a burnable CD, your list shouldn’t exceed 20 tracks. However, feel free to make more than one track list if you must.

Here’s my list:

  • Alison Krauss And Union Station, “Maybe”
  • Chris Knight, “Here Comes The Rain”
  • Kelly Willis, “Sweet Sundown”
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Let Me Into Your Heart”
  • Josh Turner, “Another Try”
  • Dwight Yoakam, “Population Me”
  • Billy Yates, “I Don’t Think You’re Pretty”
  • Miranda Lambert, “More Like Her”
  • Trisha Yearwood, “Nothin’ About You Is Good For Me”
  • Kasey Chambers, “Bluebird”
  • Eric Heatherly, “Job”
  • Jeffrey Steele, “Couldn’t Last A Moment”
  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers, “Comal County Blue”
  • Darryl Worley, “Opportunity Of A Lifetime”
  • Sweethearts Of The Rodeo, “Long Time Gone”
  • Travis Tritt, “What If Love Hangs On”
  • Dixie Chicks, “Never Say Die”
  • Bradley Walker, “If I Never Reached For The Stars”
  • Patty Loveless, “What’s A Broken Heart”
  • Vince Gill, “Some Things Never Get Old”
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  1. I do this all the time still. Just only they’re playlists instead of cds although I DO burn backups of stuff I purchase off of iTunes since they don’t allow you the ability to re-download (eMusic Does, as long as the albums don’t leave eMusic, like what happened with Jamey Johnson). I’ll come up w/a list a little later. Or I’ll be lazy and let “Genius” do it from iTunes ;)

  2. Chris D.No Gravatar

    I know, I like the genius feature, it makes some great playlists!

    Anyway I focused on great driving songs, so more uptempo songs:

    “Ashes By Now Lee Ann Womack
    “Get Out Of This Town” Carrie Underwood
    “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore” Kathy Mattea
    “Mean Girls” Sugarland
    “Upper Hand” LeAnn Rimes
    “Finding My Way Back Home” Lee Ann Womack
    “Goodbye Earl” Dixie Chicks
    “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” Martina McBride
    “Drown Me” Trisha Yearwood
    “Who Invented The Wheel” Trisha Yearwood
    “New Strings” Miranda Lambert
    “Fine Line” Little Big Town
    “Runaway” Gary Allan
    “A Little Past Little Rock” Lee Ann Womack
    “Sounds So Good” Ashton Shepherd
    “Passenger Seat” SHeDAISY
    “The Long Way Around” Dixie Chicks
    “He Oughta Know That By Now” Lee Ann Womack
    “When In Rome” Nickel Creek

  3. I still make mix CDs all the time.

    George Strait & Dean Dillon, “West Texas Town”
    Tracy Byrd, “Cheapest Motel”
    Patty Loveless, “Don’t Let Me Cross Over”
    Gary Allan, “Smoke Rings In the Dark”
    Billy Joe Shaver, “Live Forever”
    Hank Snow, “Ninety Miles An Hour (Down a Dead End Street”
    Ashley Monroe, “I Don’t Wanna Be”
    Marty Robbins, “Singing the Blues”
    Reckless Kelly, “Wicked Twisted Road”
    Sugarland, “Very Last Country Song”
    Merle Haggard, “Tulare Dust”
    Elizabeth Cook, “Blue Shades”
    Dwight Yoakam, “I’d Avoid Me Too”
    The Steeldrivers, “Midnight Train to Memphis”
    Del McCoury Band, “Never Grow Up Boy”
    Todd Snider, “My Generation, Pt. 2″
    Mo Robson Band, “Good Morning Warden”
    Trick Pony, “Ain’t Wastin’ Good Whiskey On You”
    Hayes Carll, “Girl Downtown”
    Chris Knight, “Crooked Road”

  4. Lynn DouglasNo Gravatar

    I went for a totally random cross-section (and I might just have to put it in my car!)

    1. Lucinda Williams “Greenville”
    2. Gary Allan “Sorry”
    3. Dwight Yoakam “Act Naturally”
    4. George Strait “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
    5. Dixie Chicks “Truth #2”
    6. Jason Boland “Comal County Blue”
    7. Johnny Cash “A Singer of Songs”
    8. Steve Earle “Galway Girl”
    9. Elizabeth Cook “Sometimes It Takes Balls to Be A Woman”
    10. Chris Knight “Jack Blue”
    11. Loretta Lynn “Van Lear Rose”
    12. Sara Evans “Suds in the Bucket”
    13. Trisha Yearwood “She’s in Love With the Boy”
    14. Merle Haggard “The Fightin’ Side of Me”
    15. Dixie Chicks “Long Time Gone”
    16. Patty Griffin “Be Careful”
    17. Willie Nelson “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”
    18. Emmylou Harris “All That You Have Is Your Soul”
    19. Miranda Lambert “Guilty in Here”
    20. Dixie Chicks “The Long Way Around”

  5. I have a playlist called “Repeat” that only includes I can listen to without easily tiring of them. I just play it on shuffle. I don’t sort my music by genre so there will be some non-country stuff on here, starting with the one that I’ve been kicking off with lately.

    Pink, “So What”
    Keith Urban, “Romeo’s Tune”
    Tammy Wynette, “Another Lonely Song”
    Todd Snider, “The Devil You Know”
    Johnny Cash, “Hurt”
    Pam Tillis, “Someone Somewhere Tonight”
    Faith Hill, “When the Lights Go Down”
    Eli Young Band, “When it Rains”
    Patty Loveless, “When the Fallen Angels Fly”
    Amy Dalley, “I Would Cry”
    Tanya Tucker, “Blood Red and Goin’ Down”
    Dolly Parton, “Shattered Image”
    Sawyer Brown, “Cafe on the Corner”
    Toby Keith, “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight”
    Trisha Yearwood, “O Mexico”
    Shakespear’s Sister, “I Don’t Care”
    Electric Light Orchestra, “The Fall”
    Kim Richey, “A Place Called Home”
    Madonna, “Hung Up”
    Miranda Lambert, “Guilty in Here”

  6. Steve F.No Gravatar

    Leeann, I am WAY behind the times, lol. I dont download, and I dont burn. I make my mixes from CD to cassette tape, lol…How’s that for primitive?

    My list on tape includes:

    1. Dwight Yoakam “Intentional Heartache”
    2. Mark Chesnutt “Bubba Shot the Jukebox”
    3. The Eagles “How Long” (a true country song, whether they admit it or not)
    4. Patty Loveless “Are You Teasing Me”
    5. Sara Evans “Mary of the Wild Moor”
    6. Little Big Town, “Boondocks”
    7. Highway 101 “Just Say Yes”
    8. Josh Turner “Way Down South”
    9. Patty Loveless “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me”
    10.Sara Evans “Coalmine”
    11.Alan Jackson “Tall Tall Trees”
    12.Trisha Yearwood “Not a Bad Thing”
    13.Suzy Bogguss “Someday Soon”
    14.Patty Loveless “Keep Your Distance”
    15.Sara Evans “Love Don’t Be a Stranger”
    16.George Strait, “Brother of the Highway”
    17.George Strait and Patty Loveless “House of Cash”
    18.Van Zant, “The Things I Miss the Most”
    19.Brad Paisley “Me Neither”
    20.Brad Paisley “That’s Love”
    21.Patty Loveless “Someday I Will Lead the Parade”
    22. Patty Loveless “Big Chance”
    23. Clint Black “When My Ship Comes In”
    24.Patty Loveless and Kris Kristofferson “Far Side Banks of Jordan”

    Ok, I gotta confess, I dont have all these on one tape, but I CAN fit 24 songs on a 90 minute cassette. I was just doing this from memory, so the songs are scattered. So in that regard, I got all you techno-wizards beat, lol. But I cannot touch you with your Ipod gizmos and all, no contest there.

    Yep, that’s me, old fashioned taste, old fashioned technology!

    Great topic!

    -Steve from Boston

  7. FelipeNo Gravatar

    Well… my mix is mellow too. That’s what I’m used to hear, but sometimes I listen to some “happy” songs…=]
    It’s a modern list, as you can see! And 99.9% by female artists! And I put in alphabetical order…

    1.Ashton Shepherd – Whiskey Won The Battle
    2.Carolyn Dawn Johnson – Georgia
    3.Carrie Underwood – Starts With Goodbye
    4.Danielle Peck – I Don’t
    5.Dixie Chicks – Heartbreak Town
    6.Gretchen Wilson – Raining On Me
    7.Jessica Harp – Cowboy
    8.Jewel – Anyone But You
    9.Joanna Cotten – Humble Town
    10.Julie Roberts – Break Down Here
    11.Jypsi – I Don’t Love You Like That
    12.Kirsty Lee Akers – It Gets To Me
    13.Lady Antebellum – Never Alone
    14.LeAnn Rimes – Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way
    15.Memarie – Cry Like Memphis
    16.Shelly Fairchild – Tiny Town
    17.Sugarland – Very Last Country Song
    18.Sunny Sweeney – Lavender Blue
    19.Terri Clark – Three Mississippi
    20.Vince Gill – When Will I Be Loved

  8. Leeann WardNo Gravatar

    Steve, When I first started to listening to country music, I made cassette mixes as well. I loved it, because it gave me the chance to listen to each song as it was being dubbed!

    I swear, I’m thinking about making some of your mixes for myself! After I made my list, I told Bill that I liked it so much that I was going to make an actual CD of it for the car as well. So, Lynn’s comment amused me.

    This was actually Bill’s idea, because he still loves to make CD mixes for the car. I’ve just gotten away from doing it as much myself these days, unless he asks me to make one for him so that he can hear some new music from the crazy amount of music that I buy each week.

  9. William

    Since I tossed out this idea I guess it is only fair that I take part. I always tend towards the the ‘edge of country’ so much of this is either borderline or a step removed from the genre.

    Not as removed as Pink and Madonna though, so I guess I am not the most removed this time. :)

    1. Ashley Monroe, “Hank’s Cadillac”
    2. Dwight Yoakam, “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”
    3. K.D. Lang, “Trail of Broken Hearts” (Live)
    4. Old Crow Medicine Show, “We‘re All in this Together”
    5. Willie Nelson, “A Maiden‘s Prayer”
    6. The Be Good Tanyas, “Dogsong”
    7. Johnny Cash “”Frankie’s Man, Johnny”
    8. Ralph Stanley/Patty Loveless – “Pretty Polly”
    9. Nickel Creek, “The Fox”
    10. Dolly Parton, “Little Sparrow”
    11. Kasey Chambers, “The Hard Way”
    12. Randy Travis, “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield”
    13. Alison Krauss And Robert Plant, “Through the Morning, Through the Night”
    14. Chris Thile ‘Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground’
    15. Hank Williams, “”Lost Highway”
    16. Johnny Cash/Bob Dylan, “Girl from the North Country”
    17. Patty Loveless, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”

  10. I Have “mood playlists” that I tend to leave at 20 or so tracks. Here’s the sad songs one I’ve just altered:

    Sad Songs:
    1. John Berry – When Love Dies (Written by Matraca Berg)
    2. To Say Goodbye – Joey+Rory
    3. Life Is Hard – Eric Durrance
    4. Whiskey Lullaby – Paisley/Krauss
    5. Blue Sky – Emily West
    6. Dance With My Father – Kellie Coffey
    7. Flowers – Billy Yates
    8. Every Ship Must Sale Away – Blue Merle
    9. My Whiskey Years – Joe Nichols
    10. The Time Machine – Collin Raye
    11. Bleed – Katie Armiger
    12. The Key To Life – Vince Gill
    13. Tonight I Wanna Cry – Keith Urban
    14. The Education of a Wondering Man – Jason Matthews
    15. Back There Again – Blake Shelton
    16. Riverbank – Jeff Bates
    17. On A Cloud – Cross Canadian Ragweed
    18. No Judgement Day – Gary Allan
    19. Can’t Help Calling Her Name – Jason Sellers
    20. Hurt – Johnny Cash

  11. Here’s another list: this one’s a “Story Songs” list. It’s heavy on more recent stuff but I couldn’t resist “The Gambler.”

    1. The Life Of A Song – Joey+Rory (Written by Jason Matthews)
    2. The Gambler – Kenny Rogers
    3. Man Out Of Myself – Wade Bowen (My fav. by him)
    4. The Rapture – Jason Matthews
    5. Ol’ Red – Blake Shelton
    6. Cactus in a Coffee Can – Jerry Kilgore (underrated song)
    7. That Summer – Garth
    8. Lightning – Eric Church
    9. Jealous Man – Tyrone Wells (not country but close enough)
    10. Sunday Morning – Gretchen Peters
    11. Travelin’ Soldier – Bruce Robison
    12. Time Marches On – Tracy Lawrence
    13. I Remember (It’s Happening Again) – Griffin House
    14. Falling Slowly – Glenn Hansard & Marketa Irglova
    15. Between The River And Me – Tim McGraw
    16. Blue And Brown – Jimmy Wayne
    17. My Hometown – Charlie Robison
    18. The Song Remembers When – Trisha Yearwood
    19. Fancy – Reba

  12. Here’s one final one that’s not country but stuff i like to call “on the fringes.”

    1. Liberty Line – Griffin House
    2. I – Kurt Nilsen
    3. Faultline – Eliot Morris
    4. Tear Down The House – The Avett Brothers
    5. Love Me Like The World Was Ending – Ben Lee
    6. Everybody’s Waiting For A Change – Holly Williams
    7. When You’re Walking Away – Jackie Green
    8. The American – Angie Aparo
    9. This Boy – James Morrison
    10. Don’t Make Me Do This – Gordie Sampson
    11. Hero’s Song – Brendan James
    12. Carry On – Mark Selby
    13. Think It Over (acousic) – The Thorns
    14. Driftwood – Travis
    15. Mystified – Rocco Deluca & The Burden
    16. See You Later, See You Soon – Stephen Kellogg & Sixers
    17. 2 Cups Of Coffee – Josh Kelley
    18. Love, Love, Love – The Low Stars
    19. Home – Marc Broussard

  13. RainbowNo Gravatar

    I used “Genius” in iTunes:

    1. “Light Of A Clear Blue Morning” – Dolly Parton
    2. “Love Is Like A Butterfly” – Deana Carter & Dolly Parton
    3. “Keep Your Distance” – Patty Loveless
    4. “‘Til I Can Make It On My Own – Tammy Wynette
    5. “Suddenly” – LeAnn Rimes
    6. “Coalmine” – Sara Evans
    7. “(If You’re Not In It For Love) I’m Outta Here!” – Shania Twain
    8. The Fire That Keeps You Warm – Dolly Parton
    9. “The Reason Why” – Vince Gill & Alison Krauss
    10. “Life In A Northern Town” – Sugarland
    11. “Famous In A Small Town” – Miranda Lambert
    12. “Gotta Get Back” – Shelby Lynne
    13. “Take It Back” – Reba
    14. “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way” – LeAnn Rimes
    15. “Mockingbird” – Allison Moorer
    16. “Swinging” – Deana Carter & John Anderson
    17. “There” – Dolly Parton
    18. “Heaven, Heartache And The Power Of Love” – Trisha Yearwood
    19. “Take Me As I Am” – Faith Hill
    20. “Whatever You Say” – MArtina McBride

  14. It is mostly newer stuff when I am selecting music for myself.

    I get enough older stuff without having to try to hard. Although I am constantly discovering old music that is new to me.

    Also, of course, want to introduce anyone else paying attention to something they wouldn’t have heard before.

    Rebecca Lynn Howard – Sing ‘Cause I Love To

    Heidi Newfield – Johnny & June

    cowboy crush – tougher than a man

    Tift Merritt – Broken

    Leann Rimes – What I Cannot Change

    Sugarland – Steve Earle

    Laura Cantrell – Train of Life

    Alan Jackson – 1976

    Tim O’Brien – Get Out There And Dance

    Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – Wildflower

    Rodney Crowell – The Rise And Fall Of Intelligent Design

    Del McCoury Band – 40 Acres And A Fool

    Kitty Daisy and Lewis – Hillbilly Music

    Hayes Carll – Bad Liver And A Broken Heart

    Kathleen Edwards – I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory

    Amy Lavere – Cupid’s Arrow

    Dixie Chicks – Not Ready to Make Nice

    Mary Chapin Carpenter – Houston

    Rebekka Paige – Unbreakable Heart

  15. Kent

    This list will have songs that I don’t necessarily have downloaded or downloaded, but are songs from the radio or CD that I like and listen to lately.

    1. Taylor Swfit – Should’ve Said No
    2. Rascal Flatts – Bob That Head
    3. Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder and Lead
    4. Dierks Bentley – Trying to Stop Your Leaving
    5. Lost Trailers – Holler Back
    6. Jason Aldean – Relentless
    7. Carrie Underwood – Just a Dream
    8. Gretchen Wilson – Don’t Do Me No Good
    9. Josh Gracin – Let Me Fall
    10. Deric Ruttan – Loving You is Killing Me
    11. Brad Paisley – Waitin’ on a Woman
    12. Rodney Atkins- Invisibly Shaken
    13. Darius Rucker – Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It
    14. Rascal Flatts – Every Day
    15. Crystal Shawanda – What Do I Have to Do?
    16. Carrie Underwood – Last Name
    17. Taylor Swift – I’m Only Me When I’m With You
    18. Eli Young Band – When It Rains
    19. Josh Gracin – We Weren’t Crazy
    20. Jason Aldean – Back in This Cigarette

  16. Kent

    Whoops, that should say: I don’t necessarily have downloaded or own.

  17. J.R. JourneyNo Gravatar

    I still make CDs too – for road trips and the like. I save all the playlists I make on my Media Player, so here’s one at random I made in May of this year …

    George Strait – She’ll Leave You With A Smile
    Sugarland et al – Life In A Northern Town
    Trisha Yearwood – They Call It Fallin For A Reason
    Vince Gill – You Better Think Twice
    Terri Clark – Better Than You
    Josh Turner/Trisha Yearwood – Another Try
    Terri Clark – Three Mississippi
    Reba – Whoever’s In New England
    Shenandoah/Alison Krauss – Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart
    Pat Benatar – Shadows of the Night (stands out in print, fits well on the CD)
    Reba – You Remember Me
    Sammy Kershaw – Matches
    Sawyer Brown – I Don’t Believe In Goodbye
    Patty Loveless – Here I Am
    Diamond Rio – We All Fall Down
    Ronnie Milsap – There’s No Gettin Over Me
    Reba/Don Henley – Break Each Other’s Hearts Again
    George Strait – Run

  18. Lynn DouglasNo Gravatar

    Hey Jim O! I love seeing country music fans from other countries. Great choices!

  19. lcbNo Gravatar

    Pretty “mainstream,” I suppose. Oh well. I also use the “can I listen over and over and not get tired of it” test:

    Sunday Morning Coming Down Johnny Cash
    How Far Is Heaven Los Lonely Boys
    Strawberry Wine Deanna Carter
    18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses Kathy Mattea
    You’re Gonna Miss This Trace Adkins
    Forever and Ever, Amen Randy Travis
    Poncho and Lefty Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
    Big Iron Marty Robbins
    Starting With Me Jake Owen
    Johnny and June Heidi Newfield
    Gentle On My Mind Glen Campbell
    Let Me Let Go Faith Hill
    Not Ready To Make Nice Dixie Chicks
    One More Day Diamond Rio
    I Know You Won’t Carrie Underwood
    Good Ole Boys Like Me Don Williams
    I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Willie Nelson

  20. MarcNo Gravatar

    Keeping it to Country or Countryish songs this round:

    Tift Merritt – Virginia, No One Can Warn You
    Suzy Bogguss – Diamonds and Tears
    Alex Woodward – Reno [Feat Sara Watkins]
    Griffin House – I Remember (It’s Happening Again)
    Julie Roberts – Wake Up Older
    Kasey Chambers – Dam
    Miranda Lambert – New Strings
    Pat Green – Wave on Wave
    Sugarland – Tennessee
    Cross Canadian Ragweed – Sick and Tired [Feat Lee Ann Womack]
    Lady Antebellum – Lookin For a Good Time
    Carter’s Chord – Baltimore
    Ashton Shepherd – Sounds So Good
    Gary Allan – Right Where I Need to Be
    Coley McCabe – Grow Young With You
    Shannon Brown – Corn Fed
    Rachel Proctor – Me and Emily
    Matraca Berg – Back in the Saddle
    Willie Nelson – Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)

  21. AaronNo Gravatar

    Well, in a way, I’m a little behind in technology. I don’t have an outlet in my car to plug my iPod into. So I still burn cds and I love making mixed cd’s! My playlist mostly consist of recent music. Here’s my list:

    Love Don’t Live Here – Lady Antebellum
    House of Cash – George Strait/Patty Loveless
    Waitin on a Woman – Brad Paisley
    Last Call – Lee Ann Womack
    You Look Good in my Shirt – Keith Urban
    Hello – Julianne Hough
    I Told You So – Carrie Underwood
    It Happens – Sugarland
    She’s Gonna Hurt Somebody – Chuck Wicks
    Should’ve Said No – Taylor Swift
    Holding You – Gretchen Wilson
    Relentless – Jason Aldean
    Good Time – Alan Jackson
    Sweet and Wild – Dierks Bentley/Sarah Buxton
    Oh Love – Brad Paisley/Carrie Underwood
    I Can’t Be Bothered – Miranda Lambert
    Another Try – Josh Turner/Trish Yearwood
    I Run – Lady Antebellum
    Truth #2 – Dixie Chicks
    Novacaine – Little Big Town

    Yea nothing but new country! But that’s basically what I’m listening to right now! Haha

  22. Adam S.

    Normally I’d just hit ‘Shuffle’ on my iPod but here’s a song list I had for a recent road trip last month:

    1. “3rd Gear & 17″ – Aaron Watson
    2. “This Town Needs a Bar” – Jeremy McComb
    3. “Missouri” (represent!) – David Nail
    4. “Whiskey” – Pat Green
    5. “All I Can See” – Brendan James
    6. “Small Town Big Time” – Chris Young
    7. “Georgia” – Carolyn Dawn Johnson
    8. “Jacksonville” – Josh Turner
    9. “Fight I Couldn’t Win” – Keni Thomas
    10. “College” – Pat Green & Brad Paisley
    11. “Alberta Bound” – Paul Brandt
    12. “Minneapolis” – Lucinda Williams
    13. “Flirtin’ with Me” – Jason Blaine
    14. “Sunday Driver” – Blue County
    15. “What’s Up with That” – Scotty Emerick
    16. “Like It’s a Bad Thing” – Gary Allan
    17. “I Love This Bar” – Toby Keith
    18. “Cheaper to Keep Her” – Aaron Lines
    19. “Ropin’ Pen” – Trent Willmon

  23. Hmm…Some other people here like Brendan James and Griffin House….

  24. Oh, I’m in. I’m one of those High Fidelity types who spends entirely too much energy making various mixes and playlists. I’ve actually imported all of the mix CDs I burned in college as separate playlists on my iPod.

    So two mixes here.

    “Current” Taste
    01). “Sounds So Good,” Ashton Shepherd.
    02). “Hard Livin’,” Justin Townes Earle.
    03). “The Rise & Fall of Intelligent Design,” Rodney Crowell.
    04). “The Cheapest Key,” Kathleen Edwards.
    05). “Punchbowl,” Punch Brothers.
    06). “Who’s Cryin’ Baby,” Rhonda Vincent.
    07). “The L&N Don’t Stop Here Anymore,” Kathy Mattea.
    08). “Blue Side of the Mountain,” The Steeldrivers.
    09). “Genevieve,” Sugarland.
    10). “The Pain of Loving You,” Patty Loveless.
    11). “Shoulder to the Plow,” Fred Eaglesmith.
    12). “Hell Ain’t Half Full,” Chris Knight.
    13). “That Man I Shot,” Drive-By Truckers.
    14). “Gunpowder & Lead,” Miranda Lambert.
    15). “Danny Callahan,” Connor Oberst.
    16). “Blue Driver,” Vetiver.
    17). “Tryin’ to Stop Your Leavin’,” Dierks Bentley.
    18). “The Bitter End,” Carlene Carter.
    19). “Drunken Poet’s Dream,” Hayes Carll.

    Current Taste
    01). “He Don’t Care About Me,” Kelly Willis f/ Son Volt.
    02). “If Hollywood Don’t Need You (Honey, I Still Do),” Don Williams.
    03). “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” Joan Osborne.
    04). “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” Tompall Glaser & The Glaser Brothers.
    05). “Casket Vignette,” Bobbie Gentry.
    06). “Papa Was a Rodeo,” Kelly Hogan & The Pine Valley Cosmonauts.
    07). “Outfit,” Drive-By Truckers.
    08). “Tell it To Me,” Old Crow Medicine Show.
    09). “Straight to Hell,” Hank III.
    10). “Kerosene,” Miranda Lambert.
    11). “I’m the Man Who Loves You,” Wilco.
    12). “Can’t Let Go,” Ashley Monroe.
    13). “Where Are You Now,” Trisha Yearwood.
    14). “Songs About Rain,” Gary Allan.
    15). “Wake Up Older,” Julie Roberts.
    16). “A Thousand Miles from Nowhere,” Dwight Yoakam.
    17). “Set Out Running,” Neko Case.
    18). “Wild and Blue,” John Anderson.
    19). “Ain’t Had No Lovin’,” Connie Smith.
    20). “I’ve Got a Right to Cry,” Mandy Barnett.

  25. Leeann WardNo Gravatar

    Jonathan, I like your lists. That OCMS song is one of my favorites.

  26. Lynn DouglasNo Gravatar

    I second Leeann’s comment. Has Mandy Barnett released anything lately that I’ve missed? Great voice.

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  28. Leeann WardNo Gravatar

    Ah, alas, the days of mix CDs are officially over for the Wards. Bill finally purchased an Ipod last weekend. I hate to admit it, but It seems that it’s all that it’s cracked up to be.