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Day 24 features tracks from Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw, Donna Fargo, Kenny Rogers (with Dolly Parton), and Patty Loveless (with George Jones).
“Whole Lotta Love On the Line”
Written by Donny Kees and Aaron Tippin
Longtime readers know exactly what I’m going to say about this song. It’s all about the guitar hook that opens the track and loops throughout. He could’ve sung the Alphabet Song over it and I still would’ve played the hell out of it, but the lyrics do a great hook justice.
Other Favorites: “I Got it Honest,” “I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way,” “My Blue Angel”
Written by Larry Bastian and Dewayne Blackwell
Another example of something that seems obvious once you hear it, but for whatever reason, nobody ever put down on paper before. Yard sales have a connection to loneliness that is rarely explored, and it couldn’t be put more succinctly – or sadly – than, “They’re sorting through what’s left of you and me.”
Other Favorites: “Third Rate Romance,” “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer,” “Cadillac Style”
“You Can’t Be a Beacon If Your Light Don’t Shine”
Written by Marty Cooper
Preaching to the choir with a twist. Fargo makes the case that those who claim salvation as their own have a duty to lift others up, not look down upon them. A timeless and timely message.
Other Favorites: “Superwoman,” “That Was Yesterday,” “We Can Do Better in America”
“You Can’t Make Old Friends” (with Dolly Parton)
Written by Ryan Hanna King, Don Schlitz, and Caitlyn Smith
The best written song about friendship that I have ever heard, delivered flawlessly by two artists whose friendship is documented on records dating back to 1983. Whether it’s death or just drifting apart over time, old friends simply can’t be replaced.
Other Favorites: “Lucille,” “The Gambler,” “If You Want to Find Love”
“You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” (with George Jones)
Written by Jim Lauderdale
The greatest traditionalist singers from two different generations come together on one record, and the results are extraordinary. The brilliance of Patty Loveless records from this period was how she used the essential elements of traditionalism in a progressive way, creating a new sound that borrowed from rock with every single note still being pure country. This track approaches headbanger territory in the chorus – those drums! – but remains pure hillbilly heaven from start to finish.
Other Favorites: “Here I am,” “You Can Feel Bad,” “The Night’s Too Long”