Articles by Leeann Ward

Daily Top Five: Songs About Rain

July 31, 2015 // 18 Comments

Rain is often associated with gloom or sadness and there’s plenty of that in country music, but it turns out that country music can be surprisingly positive about rain too. These are some of my favorite songs about rain that also happen to embrace rain, but feel free to list your favorite rain songs in general. 1. Kasey Chambers & Ashley Dallas, “Wish it Would Rain” 2. Eddie Rabbit, “I Love a Rainy Night” 3. Eli Young Band, “When it Rains” 4. Luke Bryan, “Rain is a Good Thing” 5. The Judds, “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain”

Daily Top Five: Sports Songs

July 30, 2015 // 14 Comments

A strange fact about me is that I do not care for sports at all, but I love sports movies, even television dramas (Friday Night Lights, anyone?). The same can be said for songs about sports. What are some of your favorite sports related songs? In my case, I seem to gravitate toward baseball songs, but feel free to widen the scope to any sport. 1. Peter Cooper, “715 (For Hank Aaron)” 2. Billy Brag and Wilco, “Joe Dimaggio Done It Again” 3. Alabama, “The Cheap Seats” 4. Kenny Rogers, “The Greatest” 5. Todd Snider, “America’s Favorite Pastime”

Daily Top Five: Your Favorite Song from Your Favorite Albums

July 27, 2015 // 17 Comments

As if narrowing down your five favorite albums or your five favorite songs isn’t difficult enough, lets make things even more difficult by trying to narrow down our favorite song from our favorite albums. Don’t worry, however, if you can’t choose five. Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, “One More Year” (Rattlin’ Bones) Shovels and Rope, “Birmingham” (Oh Be Joyful) Dixie Chicks, “Long Time Gone” (Home) Johnny Cash, “Cocaine Blues” (Folsom Prison Blues) Old Crow Medicine Show, “Wagon Wheel” (O.C.M.S.)

Album Review: Alan Jackson, Angels and Alcohol

July 25, 2015 // 5 Comments

Alan Jackson Angels and Alcohol Alan Jackson is known as reliably country and not one to chase trends, but rather, somebody who holds steady as a standard-bearer for modern traditional country music. Even so, in an effort not to become stagnant, he has kept us intrigued by also taking some detours into other genres along the way, which have included adult contemporary, bluegrass, orchestral Christmas and two gospel albums. With these career detours notwithstanding, we still reflexively know that when he announces that he’s releasing a country album, it’s guaranteed to be exactly that, which is what we get with Angels and Alcohol.

Daily Top Five: Dog Songs

July 24, 2015 // 14 Comments

In tribute to my wonderful old dog who will be turning 14 in October, here are five of my favorite dog songs. Tom T. Hall, “Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine” Pirates of the Mississippi, “feed Jake” Hank Williams, “Move It on Over” Blake Shelton, “Ol’ Red” The Be Good Tanyas, “Dog Song, aka., Sleep Dog Lullaby”

Favorite Songs by Favorite Artists: Miranda Lambert

July 23, 2015 // 7 Comments

It would be futile of us to ignore the recent sad news of Miranda Lambert’s and Blake Shelton’s divorce announcement, since it is a reality. We, however, have no desire to participate in the speculation or sensationalism of the news. Instead, it seems most appropriate to put some focus back on the music right about now. It’s no secret that Miranda Lambert is one of the few mainstream country artists that I enjoy anymore. As I contemplated this FSBFA, I wondered if she would have 25 songs that would warrant such a feature on her, since she’s only released five albums so far. It turns out that, as is the case with every FSBFA feature, not only are there 25 Lambert songs that I love, the 25 slots felt limited, as I had to leave many songs off the list. So, here are 25 of my favorite Lambert songs in Read More

Daily Top Five: Favorite Tribute Albums

July 22, 2015 // 6 Comments

Some of my favorite albums are tribute albums, because I enjoy hearing artists cover or reinterpret songs that I know and love. Country music artists have participated in a wide range of tribute albums and these are five of my very favorites. What are some of your favorites? Here’s my list: Steve Earle, Townes Various Artists, Bob Wills Tribute Various Artists, Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album Various Artists, Common Thread: Songs of the Eagles Asleep at the Wheel & Various Artists, A Tribute to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Single Review: Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town, “Smokin’ and Drinkin'”

July 21, 2015 // 7 Comments

“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” Miranda Lambert with Little Big Town Written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally Despite its title, Miranda Lambert’s “Smokin’ And Drinkin’” is not a rousing drinking party anthem. Instead, it is a quiet, wistful look back at the past. With vocal support from Little Big Town, Lambert sounds like their lead, though modest, singer as they wax nostalgic about how “smokin’ and drinkin’ gets you thinkin’ about the one that got away.”

Daily Top Five: Favorite Friend Songs

July 21, 2015 // 14 Comments

Whether they’re about lovers and friends or simply platonic friendships, ┬ácountry music has a ton of songs about friends and tributes to friends. What are some of your favorite friend songs? Here’s my list: Dan Seals, “One Friend” Vince Gill, “That Friend of Mine” Don Williams, “You’re My Best Friend” Tracy Lawrence, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” Garth Brooks, “A Friend to Me”

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