Daily Top Five: Father’s Day

alan-jackson-driveRegular 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:

  1. Sawyer Brown, “The Walk”
  2. Reba McEntire, “The Greatest Man I Never Knew”
  3. Alan Jackson, “Drive (For Daddy Gene)”
  4. Loretta Lynn, “They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy”
  5. Doug Supernaw, “I Don’t Call Him Daddy”

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Daily Top Five: Back to Work

Sawyer Brown Cafe on the CornerSo 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:

  1. Sawyer Brown, “Cafe on the Corner”
  2. Alabama, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)”
  3. Dolly Parton, “He’s a Go Getter”
  4. Martina McBride, “Goin’ to Work”
  5. Aaron Tippin, “I Got it Honest”

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Daily Top Five: Not Better With Time

Brad Paisley OnlineJust 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:

  1. Tim McGraw, “Don’t Take the Girl”
  2. Garth Brooks, “The Dance”
  3. Garth Brooks, “The River”
  4. Brad Paisley, “Online”
  5. Dolly Parton, “Think About Love” (Though I’d like this one again with updated production)

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Single Review: Jake Owen, “Real Life”

Jake Owen Real Life

“Real Life”
Jake Owen

Written by Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne

Everclear is one of the few pop bands that I liked in the late 90s/early 2000s. While a lot of their music sounded similar, their grooves were addictive and their tunes were memorable (“A.M. Radio”, Anyone?).

As a result of enjoying Everclear, I’ll admit that I actually guiltily enjoy Jake Owen’s “Real Life.”

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Daily Top Five: Better With Time

Willie NelsonAs we grow older, our tastes change and some would even say that they mature. Such is the case with me, as you’ll see in the list below. There was a time when I did not like these artists (gasp!) and a time when I didn’t like these songs. However, something made them grow on me to the point that I absolutely love them now.

Which artists and songs have grown on you over time?

Here are my lists:

Artists:

  1. Willie Nelson
  2. Dwight Yoakam
  3. Emmylou Harris
  4. Miranda Lambert
  5. Sturgill Simpson

Songs:

  1. Josh Turner, “Another Try”
  2. Vince Gill, “Go Rest High on that Mountain”
  3. Dierks Bentley, “What Was I Thinking”
  4.  George Strait, “Troubadour
  5. Randy Travis, “Before You Kill Us All”

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Daily Top Five: From a Forgotten Favorite

Ricky Van Shelton BackroadsEvery 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:

  1. I’ll Leave this World Loving You
  2. Somebody Lied
  3. Keep it Between the Lines
  4. I Meant Every Word He Said
  5. The Picture

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Single Review: Miranda Lambert, “Roots and Wings”

Miranda Lambert Roots and Wings

“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.

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

Vince Gill The KeyFollowing 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

  1. These Days
  2. High Lonesome Sound
  3. I Still Believe in You
  4. The Key
  5. Pocket Full of Gold

Songs

  1. The Key to Life
  2. Worlds Apart
  3. Threaten Me with Heaven
  4. What You Give Away
  5. When I Call Your Name

Harmony Tracks

  1. “I Don’t Paint Myself into Corners” – Trisha Yearwood
  2. “No Place That Far” – Sara Evans
  3. “I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me” – Rosanne Cash
  4. “How Great Thou Art” – Carrie Underwood
  5. “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” – Patty Loveless

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Say What? – Vince Gill

Vince Gill 2In 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 80 years old. It’s remarkable, and it’s not dumbing it down. It’s not going for the lowest common denominator. It’s so refreshing, you know?”

We know, Vince.  We definitely know!

Bonus quote on his duet partners Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, and Patty Loveless:

Dolly would be a great one; getting to do “I Will Always Love You” with her. Anything I’ve ever done with Alison Krauss has been pretty magical. To me one of the most seamless-sounding partners has been Patty Loveless. I think we only maybe did one “real” duet together over all these years, but we both sang on each other’s first hit records.

I’ve been singing with her since, gosh, the mid-’80s, when she made her first record and we sang together. There’s something magical about our voices together that I was always drawn to. She sang on “When I Call Your Name,” “Pocket Full of Gold,” and I sang on a bunch of her hits — “If My Heart Had Windows” and then backgrounds on probably 15 or 20 of her records over the years.

I remember an ill-informed journalist reviewing a Patty Loveless album in the mid-nineties and suggesting Loveless get Gill to sing on some of her songs as payback for the harmony she did on his, completely oblivious to the fact that it was Loveless returning the favor for Gill’s work on her eighties hits.

That guy’s probably a radio consultant now.

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Daily Double Top Five: Kentucky Country

patty_lovelessThis week in 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to join the union. It’s also the state that two Country Universe writers – Jonathan Keefe and myself – call home.

Kentucky is well known as the home of bluegrass music, but our state’s rich musical heritage spans multiple genres. A wide variety of music legends hail from the bluegrass state, while its unique natural beauty and varied culture has served as inspiration for many a songwriter.

Jonathan and I have put our heads together for a Country Universe Top Five that covers two topics in one. I’ve chosen my top five favorite artists from Kentucky, while he has chosen his top five favorite songs about Kentucky. Since there are plenty of eligible inclusions for both topics, this leaves plenty of room for reader discussion, so be sure to share your own choices in the comments.

Ben’s Top Five Artists from Kentucky:

1. Patty Loveless
2. Loretta Lynn
3. Wynonna/ The Judds
4. Dwight Yoakam
5. Crystal Gayle

Jonathan’s Top Five Songs About Kentucky:

1. Patty Loveless, “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
2. John Prine, “Paradise”
3. Bill Monroe, “Blue Moon of Kentucky”
4. Neko Case, “Bowling Green”
5. Dierks Bentley, “Bourbon in Kentucky”

 

 

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