Articles by Kevin John Coyne
It’s gotten to the point that I can’t listen to more than two country singles in a row without wanting to hurt somebody. So here’s the daily top five. What are some songs that are your palate cleansers, that you can always go back to when you need to wipe out the aftertaste of some really bad music? Here’s my list: Alison Krauss & Union Station, “The Lucky One” Rosanne Cash with Johnny Cash, “September When it Comes” Kathy Mattea, “Where’ve You Been” Jason Isbell, “Elephant” Carrie Underwood with Vince Gill, “How Great Thou Art”
“House Party” Sam Hunt Written by Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers, and Sam Hunt I realize that Sam Hunt’s country music career might be little more than a stepping stone to filling one of those spinning chairs on The Voice. But while this charade is going on, I suppose we need to take the music seriously.
So now it’s the second day of the month. What are your favorite second singles from albums or compilations? I’ll pick different artists this time around: Patty Loveless, “Here I am” John Anderson, “Straight Tequila Night” Carlene Carter, “Come on Back” Lee Roy Parnell, “I’m Holdin’ My Own” Emerson Drive, “Moments”
“Drinkin’ Town with a Football Problem” Billy Currington Written by Elizabeth Elkins, Aaron Henningsen, Brian Henningsen, Clara Henningsen, and Vanessa Olivarez What a disappointing letdown from a totally intriguing title. I was hoping for some incisive social commentary a la Amy Schumer’s “Football Town Nights.”
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”
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)