Previous Entry: Day 1: “Aces” to “Already Gone”
Day 2 features tracks from the following five artists: Tammy Wynette, Travis Tritt, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band (with Alan Jackson), and George Strait.
“Another Lonely Song”
Written by Billy Sherill, Norro Wilson, and Tammy Wynette
“Another Lonely Song” is Tammy Wynette at her dramatic best. It’s a rambling conversation with God, as she confronts her knowledge of her husband’s infidelity and wrestles with the thought of doing some cheating of her own. The only thing that stops her from doing so is the maker she’s having that conversation with: “Lord, don’t look down on me. Don’t frown on me. Let’s just keep talkin’…”
Other Favorites: “‘Til I Can Make it On My Own,” “I Don’t Wanna Play House,” “Justified and Ancient” (with The KLF)
Written by Jill Colucci and Travis Tritt
Its Vietnam-themed music video garnered so much attention that it was easy to overlook the gorgeous simplicity of “Anymore.” Travis Tritt’s rockin’ side defined his public image, but for me, it was always his ballads that showcased his talent the best. “Anymore” is a flawless demonstration of his ability to tug the heartstrings.
Other Favorites: “Sometimes She Forgets,” “The Whiskey Ain’t Workin'” (with Marty Stuart), “Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man”
“Anything But Mine”
Written by Scooter Carusoe
I was a fan of Kenny Chesney from day one. We’re talking the Capricorn days, when I played the fire out of my “Whatever it Takes” cassette single. I was always rooting for him, but when he found superstardom by embracing the college/beach bum anthem, I took a few steps back, enjoying the ballads scattered among those stadium hits. Interestingly, “Anything But Mine” manages to give the best of both worlds. It’s a bittersweet song about summer coming to an end, and a temporary love affair along with it, and it finds the melancholy lurking underneath all that charming seaside pavilion imagery.
Other Favorites: “The Road and the Radio,” “Beer in Mexico,” “Who You’d Be Today”
“As She’s Walking Away” (with Alan Jackson)
Zac Brown Band
Written by Zac Brown and Wyatt Durette
Zac Brown Band never sounded better to me than they did on their second album, brimming with confidence and still having a lot of great ideas in them. “As She’s Walking Away” would’ve been a great song even if they hadn’t invited Alan Jackson on to the track, but his presence as an elder statesman elevates the entire proceedings. He adds some gravitas to what is, at its heart, a youthful record.
Other Favorites: “Let it Go,” “Colder Weather,” “Chicken Fried”
“Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye”
Written by Tony Martin and Troy Martin
It took me a while to get George Strait. My parents played “Ocean Front Property” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” in the car when I was very young, and when I got into country music in 1991, it seemed like George Strait was slowing down in relevance, much like Randy Travis and Ricky Van Shelton seemed to be. Strait also made very few music videos, which was where I was getting my education. Perhaps that’s why “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye” still resonates with me so much, as it was the only clip I remember seeing a lot of. I started to get George Strait once I heard mid-nineties albums like Easy Come Easy Go and Lead On, and he became one of my all-time favorites. But I always go back to this track – one of many hits, easily forgotten – but I can still see the video play in my mind every time I hear it. And it’s a great song sung well, four little words that sum up George Strait’s very big career.
Other Favorites: “Meanwhile,” “You’ll Be There,” “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This”