Articles by Kevin John Coyne

Daily Top Five: Drinking Songs

June 24, 2015 // 24 Comments

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”

Single Review: Kenny Chesney, “Save it For a Rainy Day”

June 24, 2015 // 4 Comments

“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.

Daily Top Five: Most Wanted, 2015

June 23, 2015 // 12 Comments

As we near the end of the first half of 2015, what are the albums coming later in the year that you’re looking forward to the most? Here’s my list: Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free Alan Jackson, Angels and Alcohol Kip Moore, Wild Ones Iris DeMent, The Trackless Woods Maddie & Tae, Start Here

Single Review: Keith Urban, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”

June 23, 2015 // 5 Comments

“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.

Daily Top Five: Father’s Day

June 21, 2015 // 14 Comments

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”

Daily Top Five: Back to Work

June 19, 2015 // 19 Comments

So with the site up and running again, we’re back to work.   What better way to kick things off than with a Daily Top Five of your favorite songs about work? Here’s my list: Sawyer Brown, “Cafe on the Corner” Alabama, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” Dolly Parton, “He’s a Go Getter” Martina McBride, “Goin’ to Work” Aaron Tippin, “I Got it Honest”

Daily Top Five: From a Forgotten Favorite

June 8, 2015 // 18 Comments

Every 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: I’ll Leave this World Loving You Somebody Lied Keep it Between the Lines I Meant Every Word He Said The Picture

Single Review: Miranda Lambert, “Roots and Wings”

June 8, 2015 // 6 Comments

“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.

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

June 6, 2015 // 11 Comments

Following 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 These Days High Lonesome Sound I Still Believe in You The Key Pocket Full of Gold Songs The Key to Life Worlds Apart Threaten Me with Heaven What You Give Away When I Call Your Name Harmony Tracks “I Don’t Paint Myself into Corners” – Trisha Yearwood “No Place That Far” – Sara Evans “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” – Rosanne Cash “How Great Thou Art” – Carrie Underwood “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” – Patty Loveless

Say What? – Vince Gill

June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

In 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 Read More

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