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Day 23 features tracks from Kathy Mattea, Alabama, Billy Dean, Trisha Yearwood, and Brad Paisley (with Alison Krauss).
“Walking Away a Winner”
Written by Bob DiPiero and Tom Shapiro
Kathy Mattea’s last big radio has an energy to it that still resonates today. It’s one of those strong woman songs that communicates greater resolve by acknowledging vulnerability at the same time.
Other Favorites: “Where’ve You Been,” “Lonesome Standard Time,” “Loving You, Letting You Go”
“We Can’t Love Like This Anymore”
Written by John Jarrard and Wendell Mobley
A perfect heartbreak ballad that showcases Randy Owen’s underrated skills as a vocalist. I can’t think of another song in their catalog that is so subtle yet so powerful.
Other Favorites: “Song of the South,” “I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why),” “Forty Hour Week (For a Livin’)”
“We Just Disagree”
Written by Jim Krueger
The connection between seventies AM Rock and nineties country music was made most explicit by the latter decade’s Eagles revival, but this Billy Dean cover of an old Dave Mason hit makes the point just as well. Dean’s version would’ve been a rock hit in the seventies, and Mason’s a country hit in the nineties. They’re interchangeable.
Other Favorites: “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” “Only the Wind,” “Only Here For a Little While”
“Where are You Now”
Written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and Kim Richey
If play counts quantify who your favorite artist is, Trisha Yearwood is mine by a wide margin. There hasn’t been an another artist in my lifetime with her combination of song sense and vocal talent. I still remember my stunned reaction to “Where are You Now” when I heard it for the first time sixteen years ago. I love it just as much today.
Other Favorites: “The Song Remembers When,” “I Don’t Paint Myself into Corners,” “Wrong Side of Memphis”
“Whiskey Lullaby” (with Alison Krauss)
Written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall
I didn’t really agree with most of Brad Paisley’s hit, “This is Country Music,” where he rattled off things that are allegedly only sung about in his own genre. But a song about a double suicide through drinking too much whiskey? That’s gotta be exclusive to country music.
Other Favorites: “Alcohol,” “Waitin’ On a Woman,” “Letter to Me”