Articles by Leeann Ward

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,  country 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”

Daily Top Five: Single Fathers

July 19, 2015 // 3 Comments

What are some of your favorite songs about single fathers? The songs that I’m listing for this post are specifically about situations where mothers are no longer in the picture, but don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to such narrow parameters. Dan Seals, “Everything that Glitters (is Not Gold)” Ricky Van Shelton, “Keep It Between the Lines” Merle Haggard, “If We Make It Through December” David Allan Coe, “Single Father” Elvis Presley, “Don’t Cry Daddy”

Daily Top Five: Favorite YouTube Finds

July 18, 2015 // 15 Comments

What are some of your favorite music Youtube finds? Here are five of mine. 1. Vince Gill & Patty Loveless, “Go Rest High on that Mountain” This is from George Jones’ memorial service from a couple of years ago. The spoken tributes from Vince and Patty are nice, but if their emotional performance doesn’t move you, then I’m not sure what would.

Daily Top Five: Sophomore Successes

July 9, 2015 // 10 Comments

We’ve all heard of the Sophomore Slump. It’s the phenomenon where an artist’s second album isn’t as good as their first album. This presumably happens because they’ve had more time to choose or write songs for their first album than they do after their careers have taken off and/or because there was so much hype surrounding their first album that their second album had no chance of living up to anyone’s expectations. Many artists, however, are able to avoid that slump and their second album ends up turning out to be better or at least as good as their first album. What are some of your favorite sophomore successes? Here’s my list: Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Martina McBride, The Way that I am Tracy Lawrence, Alibis Shania Twain, The Woman in Me Sara Watkins, Sun Midnight Sun

Daily Top Five: Songs with Social Commentary

July 8, 2015 // 17 Comments

The last few weeks have been full of discussions, debates and even steps and leaps toward major social changes. Songs that most easily hit my sweet spot are songs with thoughtful social commentary. Happily, even with its stereotypes of drinking, cheating and, now, tailgating, country music has not been shy about commenting on social issues. Here are five of my favorite songs with social commentary. What are some of yours? Radney Foster, “Not in My House” Waylon Jennings, “America” Gail Davies, “Unwed Fathers” Peter Cooper, “715 (For Hank Aaron)” Dolly Parton, “Just Because I’m a Woman”

Daily Top Five: Murder Monday

June 22, 2015 // 29 Comments

Not only is the alliteration kind of fun, Murder Monday seems appropriate, because who doesn’t want to murder Monday? What are some of your favorite  murder songs? The murder came as a delicious surprise in  the song that I’ve chosen as my first choice. Old Crow Medicine Show, “My Good Gal” Vince Gill, “Molly Brown” Johnny Cash, “Delia’s Gone” Willie Nelson, “Time of the Preacher” Gillian Welch, “Caleb Meyer”  

Daily Top Five: Not Better With Time

June 10, 2015 // 14 Comments

Just as songs can grow on us over time, songs can lose their shine just as easily. These are the songs that I once enjoyed and even loved in some cases, but have lost their appeal either due to over exposure or changing tastes. What songs did you once enjoy, but now no longer appreciate? Here’s my list: Tim McGraw, “Don’t Take the Girl” Garth Brooks, “The Dance” Garth Brooks, “The River” Brad Paisley, “Online” Dolly Parton, “Think About Love” (Though I’d like this one again with updated production)

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