On the first day of the new month, we’re asking you to share your favorite first singles from an album or compilation. Here’s my list: Trisha Yearwood, “Wrong Side of Memphis” Pam Tillis, “Deep Down” Tim McGraw, “Please Remember Me” Sawyer Brown, “Cafe on the Corner” Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready to Make Nice”
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Some of the most interesting country covers are ones where the artist doing the cover is of a different gender than the artist that recorded the original. What are your five favorite “gender swap” covers? Here’s my list: Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson, “Pancho & Lefty” (Original Artist: Emmylou Harris) Sammi Smith, “Help Me Make it Through the Night” (Kris Kristofferson) Patty Loveless, “When the Fallen Angels Fly” (Billy Joe Shaver) Merle Haggard, “No Time to Cry” (Iris Dement) Reba McEntire, “Ring on Her Finger, Time on Her Hands” (Lee Greenwood)
Since he’s back with a new single today, let’s make today’s top five all about Alan Jackson. What are your favorite albums and tracks from this guy who should already be in the Country Music Hall of Fame? Here are my picks: Albums Like Red on a Rose Who I Am The Bluegrass Album Everything I Love Thirty Miles West Tracks So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore Blue Ridge Mountain Song Monday Morning Church Gone Country Drive (For Daddy Gene)
“Burning House” Cam Written by Jeff Bhasker, Cam, and Tyler Johnson Don’t let the stripped down production fool you. “Burning House” sounds refreshing at first because its not taking its cues from eighties hair metal or nineties light rock. Instead, it goes back to AM rock of the early seventies. The confessional kind that Janis Ian and James Taylor cut their teeth on.
Drinking is among the biggest themes in country music. What are your five favorite drinking songs? Here’s my list: John Anderson, “Straight Tequila Night” Merle Haggard, “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, “Whiskey Lullaby” Martina McBride, “Cheap Whiskey” Clint Black, “Killin’ Time”
“Save it For a Rainy Day” Kenny Chesney Written by Andrew Dorff, Matt Ramsey, and Brad Tursi Okay, now I’m confused. Are you telling me that sometimes people go out and drink because they want to get away from a bad memory? All these party songs of the last few years have transformed drinking from the means to an end into the means and the end.
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” Keith Urban Written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne A Keith Urban record has a natural floor. Things can only go south so much. He’s got a great voice, he’s an incredible guitar player, and he’s got enough presence on record that it doesn’t really matter what’s going on around him. He never loses control of the proceedings.
Regular posts, including single reviews, will begin again tomorrow. In the meantime, today’s Daily Top Five is perfect for the day in question. What are your five favorite country songs about being a dad? It can be the experience of being the father or being the child, or just songs that you like that don’t bear much relation to your actual relationship with your father or your child. Here’s my list: Sawyer Brown, “The Walk” Reba McEntire, “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” Alan Jackson, “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” Loretta Lynn, “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy” Doug Supernaw, “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”