Driving to work this morning, I scanned the XM stations and settled on Roadhouse, which was playing Tammy Wynette’s “I Don’t Wanna Play House.” Thus started a stretch of songs that got me all the way to work: Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler.” The Judds, “Young Love (Strong Love).” Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, “After the Fire is Gone.” Charlie Rich, “A Very Special Love Song.”
It was awesome, one of those rare times where I felt like the DJ might as well have been me, so aligned were the selections with my personal taste. When thinking of the sorry state of country radio these days, the temptation to take over the airwaves is inevitable.
What if you got to be the DJ for an hour at your local country station? Assuming you could play any ten songs, what would they be?
Here’s my playlist:
- Dwight Yoakam, “Things Change”
- Patty Loveless, “Keep Your Distance”
- Dixie Chicks, “Truth No. 2”
- Emmylou Harris, “Gold”
- Todd Snider, “Sunshine”
- Alan Jackson, “Good Imitation of the Blues”
- Alison Krauss & Union Station, “Doesn’t Have to Be This Way”
- Pam Tillis, “In Between Dances”
- Rodney Crowell, “Earthbound”
- Trisha Yearwood, “I Don’t Paint Myself into Corners”