(We’re feeling super creative today.)
He’s such a legendary songwriter that I’m putting up three Top Fives – albums, singles, and songs written by him that were recorded by others!
Share yours in the comments. Here are my lists:
If anyone’s life is interesting enough to be turned into a full-length film, Guy Clark would be at or near the top of the list. The only problem would be, where to start? There’s his 40-year career as an award-winning singer and songwriter and a craftsman-like approach to writing that stands almost in direct contract to the Nashville commercial music machine. There’s his circle of friends, which reads like a Who’s Who of Twentieth-Century Songwriters. There’s the complicated relationship dynamics between Clark, his longtime friend Townes Van Zandt and his wife Susanna, herself an artist and songwriter who never really got over Van Zandt’s death in 1997.
That’s certainly enough for a film. Or ten.
Fortunately, the person who’s taken on the task of telling Clark’s life in a documentary is the person who’s arguably the most qualified to do so. Tamara Saviano has known Clark for about 15 years, as a friend, journalist, publicist, producer of a stellar Guy Clark tribute album and biographer. While doing the research and interviews for the biography, she decided that a film needed to be made.
Tomorrow, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell release their second collaborative album, The Travelin’ Kind. They waited almost four decades to finally do their first album together, 2013’s Grammy-winning Old Yellow Moon. Kinda cool that we’re getting another album already.
Today, we’re picking our Top Five Albums and Singles of Emmylou Harris. Check back tomorrow for the Rodney Crowell edition!
Here are my top fives:
1993 is the year that longtime writer Leeann Ward fell in love with country music, and a lot of sentimental favorites from all of our staff were sent to radio or retail that year. (It’s also the year that Mercury launched its Triple Play tour of three new artists – Toby Keith, Shania Twain, and John Brannen.)
We had a lot of great music to choose from! As we did last time around, we’re sharing the full ballot with you. That’s 89 albums and 265 singles!
Share your favorite albums and singles in the comments!
Check out the ballot below the fold.
We haven’t done a Daily Top Five for a few days, so the original post is going to be lengthier than usual.
You don’t have to to pick five artists in the comments, of course. But for the artists you pick, try to avoid singles!
I’m cheating and using my iPod play counts to help me out here.
Here are my five favorite fan favorites from five of my favorite artists:
“Buy Me a Boat”
Written by Chris DuBois and Chris Janson
It’s about time that Eric Church’s sound started showing up on other people’s records.
Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” is lyrically something you would’ve expected from Alan Jackson back in the day. He’d have done it with a goofy smile. Janson does it with the same amount of twang, but it sounds like he’s grimacing instead of grinning.
What are your Top Five Track Recommendations?
They don’t have to be that recent, but should be something that wasn’t a single.
Here are my Top Five:
Here are the five albums I would lend/rip/share in a .zip to someone willing to give country music a chance:
What are your Top Five Country Convert Albums?
Written by Chris Stapleton
With all of the lamenting that many of us do regarding mainstream country music, those of us who are practical are aware of the conflict of knowing that the songs that we would choose to be played on radio must at least maintain a balance of quality songwriting and sounding country while still being accessible to a mainstream audience, which is what much of nineties country music did so well.