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Day 16 features tracks from SHeDaisy, Emerson Drive, Charlie Rich, K.T. Oslin, and Joe Diffie.
“Mine All Mine”
Written by Kristyn Osborn and Hollie Poole
Another casualty of the “misogynist shutdown of female artists masquerading as a traditionalist movement backlash of 2002.” Knock On the Sky was a bold, ambitious album that found fresh ways to present classic country themes of heartbreak and betrayal, and it kicked off with this melancholy ballad of regret and self-recrimination. If radio was able to play “I Will…But” just a year earlier, there was no good reason for overlooking this gem.
Other Favorites: “In Terms of Love,” “Get Over Yourself,” “Passenger Seat”
Written by Dave Berg, Annie Tate, and Sam Tate
Sometimes an artist just gets that one song. Emerson Drive’s one song was “Moments,” which has a totally contrived setup that still pays off, thanks mostly to the way that is grounded in the small details that keep it from going over the top.
Other Favorites: None
“The Most Beautiful Girl”
Written by Rory Michael Bourke, Billy Sherrill, and Norro Wilson
The genius of “The Most Beautiful Girl” is that it doesn’t use a single descriptor that would eliminate any girl from being the one he’s singing about, making it the quintessential country apology song.
Other Favorites: “I Take it On Home,” “Behind Closed Doors,” “Life’s Little Ups and Downs”
“New Way Home”
Written by K.T. Oslin
K.T. Oslin has recorded “New Way Home” three times. Her 1993 re-recording of it for her Greatest Hits album replaces Oslin’s synthesizer sound with a more robust production, and it allows her to let loose as a singer more than she did on her trio of hit studio albums that preceded it. I loved the sound of the four new tracks on that collection, all of which stand tall alongside the eighties hits that accompany them.
(Ignore the video title below. This is the second version, not the original, which appeared on Love in a Small Town.)
Other Favorites: “Hold Me,” “Come Next Monday,” “Get Back in the Saddle”
“A Night to Remember”
Written by Max T. Barnes and T. W. Hale
By the time this ballad came out, he’d already been known as “Joe Ditty” around town. Which is a shame, because he could sing a substantive ballad better than anyone else in town. “A Night to Remember” was one of his last hits, and I think it was his best.
Other Favorites: “Is it Cold in Here,” “Good Brown Gravy,” “In My Own Backyard”
Up Next: Day 17: “9 to 5” to “Now I Know”