Daily Top Five: Reader’s Choice

question-mark1What are your Top Five choices for Daily Top Five topics?

(We’re feeling super creative today.)

 

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Daily Top Five: Rodney Crowell

rodney-crowellToday’s Daily Top Five is the promised Rodney Crowell edition.

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:

Albums

  1. The Outsider
  2. Fate’s Right Hand
  3. The Houston Kid
  4. Tarpaper Sky
  5. Ain’t Living Long Like This

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For the Love of Guy Clark

Guy ClarkA fundraising campaign to raise money for a documentary on the legendary songwriter is a smashing success.

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.

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Daily Top Five: Emmylou Harris

"All For The Hall" Benefit / 2010Tomorrow, 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:

Albums

  1. Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
  2. Roses in the Snow
  3. Cowgirl’s Prayer
  4. Wrecking Ball
  5. Stumble Into Grace

Singles

  1. Beneath Still Waters
  2. Easy From Now On
  3. To Daddy
  4. The Boxer
  5. I Don’t Have to Crawl

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The Best of 1993: The Ballot

Shania Twain Toby Keith John Brannen Triple PlayLast winter, we counted down the best albums and singles of 1994.   Now, we’re getting ready to share with you what we think were the best albums of the year before that.

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!

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Daily Top Five (by Five): Fan Favorites

We haven’t done a Daily Top Five for a few days, so the original post is going to be lengthier than usual.

Loyal fans of an artist usually love album cuts and rarities as much as they do the singles, if not more.   Today we ask, what are your five favorite lesser-known tracks Trisha Yearwood Everybody Knowsby your five favorite artists?

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:

Trisha Yearwood

  1. Dreaming Fields
  2. Woman Walk the Line
  3. Standing Out in a Crowd
  4. Little Hercules
  5. Harmless Heart

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Single Review: Chris Janson, “Buy Me a Boat”

Chris Janson Buy Me a Boat

“Buy Me a Boat”
Chris Janson

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.

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Daily Top Five: Recommend a Track

Rodney Crowell Tarpaper SkyToday, we combine a classic feature with our latest one.

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:

  1. Reba McEntire, “She Got Drunk Last Night”
  2. Punch Brothers, “Magnet”
  3. Tim McGraw, “Overrated”
  4. Nickel Creek, “You Don’t Know What’s Going On”
  5. Rodney Crowell, “God I’m Missing You”

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Daily Top Five: Country Convert Albums

Dixie Chicks Home high qualityToday’s Daily Top Five asks you to pick the five albums you would use to make a case for country music to the unconverted listener.

Here are the five albums I would lend/rip/share in a .zip to someone willing to give country music a chance:

  1. Dixie Chicks, Home
  2. Tim McGraw, Live Like You Were Dying
  3. Reba McEntire, For My Broken Heart
  4. Alan Jackson, A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ‘Bout Love)
  5. Shania Twain, The Woman in Me

What are your Top Five Country Convert Albums?

 

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Single Review: Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

Chris Stapleton Traveller

“Traveller”
Chris Stapleton

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.

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