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Day 10 features tracks from Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Keith Urban, Amy Dalley, and The Band Perry.
“I Hold On”
Written by Dierks Bentley and Brett James
Dierks Bentley is so good when he’s good. “I Hold On” could’ve easily fallen into the clearly laid country music traps of jingoism and maudlin sentiment. But “I Hold On” manages to celebrate love of God and country alongside love of a guitar and a departed father, and it all works.
Other Favorites: “‘Drunk On a Plane,” “Every Mile a Memory,” “Settle For a Slowdown”
“I May Hate Myself in the Morning”
Lee Ann Womack
Written by Odie Blockmon
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the instrumental outro of this song is the best showcase I’ve ever heard for why country instrumentation packs such an emotional punch. That it’s preceded by a brilliant country song lyric and vocal performance almost feels like a bonus, so amazing are the fiddle and steel guitar at the end.
Other Favorites: “One’s a Couple,” “The Last Time,” “Time For Me to Go”
“I Told You So”
Written by Keith Urban
But I love me a good rock and roll production, too. This is my favorite Keith Urban song, and that guitar riff which has no place on the Opry stage is a big reason why. Plus I love how this song is one big “I Told You So,” even as he’s saying he isn’t going to say it to her. And then he does at the end, and it’s awesome.
Other Favorites: “You’ll Think of Me,” “The Luxury of Knowing,” “You’re Not My God”
“I Would Cry”
Written by Bonnie Baker and Amy Dalley
I’m very frustrated that Amy Dalley didn’t break through, and I blame Curb Records for never releasing the album that produced three top thirty singles. This is the best of the three, and is rivaled only by the lower-charting “Let’s Try Goodbye” for status as her best should’ve been hit.
Other Favorites: “Let’s Try Goodbye,” “Men Don’t Change”
“If I Die Young”
The Band Perry
Written by Kimberly Perry
The Band Perry sounded like a band that had fully found its voice with “If I Die Young.” Turns out that was just a fluke, and they had no interest in further pursuing music quite this immaculate. Shame, that.
Other Favorites: “Better Dig Two”
Up Next: Day 11: “If I Had Wings” to “I’m No Stranger to the Rain”