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Daily Top Five: From a Forgotten Favorite

Ricky Van Shelton BackroadsEvery once in a while, I’ll rediscover an artist that I’ve liked enough to listen to extensively, but somehow worked their way out of my rotation.   Hearing them again, I’ll wonder why I ever stopped listening to them in the first place!

For today’s top five, we’re asking you to share five tracks you love from one of your “forgotten favorites.”

Here’s my list for Ricky Van Shelton:

  1. I’ll Leave this World Loving You
  2. Somebody Lied
  3. Keep it Between the Lines
  4. I Meant Every Word He Said
  5. The Picture

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Single Review: Miranda Lambert, “Roots and Wings”

Miranda Lambert Roots and Wings

“Roots and Wings”
Miranda Lambert

Written by Miranda Lambert

That’s right. Miranda’s so much on her game right now that a song written for a truck commercial outclasses most of the competition.

This isn’t entirely unprecedented in country music.  Dottie West wrote “Country Sunshine” for Coca-Cola, and even though it became a signature hit for her, she still tweaked the lyrics for maximum product placement.

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Daily Top Five: Vince Gill Albums, Songs, and Harmony Tracks

Vince Gill The KeyFollowing up on today’s Say What?, we’re going full Gill for today’s Daily Top Five.

What are your favorite Vince Gill albums, songs, and harmony tracks?

Here are my lists:

Albums

  1. These Days
  2. High Lonesome Sound
  3. I Still Believe in You
  4. The Key
  5. Pocket Full of Gold

Songs

  1. The Key to Life
  2. Worlds Apart
  3. Threaten Me with Heaven
  4. What You Give Away
  5. When I Call Your Name

Harmony Tracks

  1. “I Don’t Paint Myself into Corners” – Trisha Yearwood
  2. “No Place That Far” – Sara Evans
  3. “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” – Rosanne Cash
  4. “How Great Thou Art” – Carrie Underwood
  5. “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” – Patty Loveless

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Say What? – Vince Gill

Vince Gill 2In a long, fascinating interview with the Houston Press, Vince Gill was asked about the recent controversy involving female artists and country radio.

Here’s what he had to say:

“That’s one of the greatest tragedies in this stretch of life for me,” Gill says. “Because I’ve been inspired as much or more by women artists, equally, than I have as men. So if there’s only a couple that are getting the opportunity to really knock it out of the park at radio, then you just go, “What about Patsy Cline/Kitty Wells/Tammy Wynette/Loretta Lynn?’

“I could go on and on and on and on and name you about 50 great female artists,” Gill continues. “And I don’t know why that is. To me, they’re making much more…interesting records. They’re saying more things I’d prefer to hear, lyrically and song-wise, and that’s compelling. This Ashley Monroe kid, she writes songs like she’s 80 years old. It’s remarkable, and it’s not dumbing it down. It’s not going for the lowest common denominator. It’s so refreshing, you know?”

We know, Vince.  We definitely know!

Bonus quote on his duet partners Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, and Patty Loveless:

Dolly would be a great one; getting to do “I Will Always Love You” with her. Anything I’ve ever done with Alison Krauss has been pretty magical. To me one of the most seamless-sounding partners has been Patty Loveless. I think we only maybe did one “real” duet together over all these years, but we both sang on each other’s first hit records.

I’ve been singing with her since, gosh, the mid-’80s, when she made her first record and we sang together. There’s something magical about our voices together that I was always drawn to. She sang on “When I Call Your Name,” “Pocket Full of Gold,” and I sang on a bunch of her hits — “If My Heart Had Windows” and then backgrounds on probably 15 or 20 of her records over the years.

I remember an ill-informed journalist reviewing a Patty Loveless album in the mid-nineties and suggesting Loveless get Gill to sing on some of her songs as payback for the harmony she did on his, completely oblivious to the fact that it was Loveless returning the favor for Gill’s work on her eighties hits.

That guy’s probably a radio consultant now.

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Daily Top Five: Promise Unfulfilled

136 Gretchen HereInspired by today’s Randy Houser single review, what are your top five early singles that made you think an artist was going to be way better than they ended up being?

Here’s my list:

  1. Big & Rich, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)”
  2. Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Woman”
  3. Deana Carter, “Strawberry Wine”
  4. The Band Perry, “If I Die Young”
  5. Billy Dean, “Somewhere in My Broken Heart”

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Single Review: Randy Houser, “We Went”

Randy Houser We Went

“We Went”
Randy Houser

Written by John King, Matt Rogers, and Justin Wilson

Randy Houser released one of my favorite debut singles back in 2008.   I wrote back then that he sounded like a young Ronnie Dunn.

He still sounds like Ronnie Dunn, but now he sounds like him when he was phoning in rave-ups during the latter days of Brooks & Dunn.

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Daily Top Five: Track Two

John Anderson Seminole WindEvery album tries to starts off strong, but it’s usually the second track that convinces you to keep listening to the rest.

What do you think are the best second tracks on albums?

Here’s my list:

  1. “Straight Tequila Night”, John Anderson (Seminole Wind)
  2. “Blown Away”, Carrie Underwood (Blown Away)
  3. “Dry Town”, Miranda Lambert (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
  4. “Guitars, Cadillacs”, Dwight Yoakam (Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.)
  5. “Let Him Fly”, Patty Griffin (Living With Ghosts)

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You Can’t Play Two Women Back to Back

How could you ever tell them apart?

Thank goodness we have the diversity and variety of male voices in country music to keep things fresh.

With deep gratitude to country music programmers for knowing what we really want.   Thanks to your leadership, the genre is so much richer with talent today than it was in 1993.

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Daily Top Five: Deep Cuts

61 Tim LetToday’s Top Five:  What are five “deep cuts” of a favorite artist that you recommend to those who might only know that artist’s hits?

Here’s my list for Tim McGraw:

  1. Why We Said Goodbye
  2. Tickin’ Away
  3. Open Season on My Heart
  4. Between the River and Me
  5. Still on the Line

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Daily Top Five: Terri Clark

terri-clarkSince she gave us the wonderful tweet earlier, and also put out one of the best singles of 2015 in recent weeks, it seems like a good day to share our top five Terri Clark singles and albums!

Here are my lists.

Albums

  1. Pain to Kill
  2. Fearless
  3. Some Songs
  4. How I Feel
  5. Roots and Wings

Singles

  1. Every Time I Cry
  2. No Fear
  3. I Cheated on You
  4. I Wanna Do it All
  5. Three Mississippi

 

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