As I’m sure the rest of you do, I make playlists all the time. Many of them are lists of individual artists, but some of them have a concept.
My latest playlist is of covers. First, I have the original version (or the one that’s famous for being the original) followed by my favorite cover of it. My only rule is that I have to like both versions. So, songs where I like the cover but not the original won’t make the list.
I’ll share a sampling of what I have so far, as long as you share your latest or greatest concept playlist in the comments:
1. Buddy Miller, “Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go” (Miranda Lambert)
2. Hank Williams, “Hey, Good Lookin’” (The Mavericks)
3. Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds (Dwight Yoakam)
4. Dolly Parton, “Coat of Many Colors (Shania Twain/Alison Krauss)
5. Waylon Jennings, “Dreaming My Dreams with You” (Alison Krauss and Union Station)
6. Johnny Cash, “Understand Your Man” (Dwight Yoakam)
7. Merle Haggard, “The Way I Am” (Alan Jackson)
8. John Prine, “That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round” (Miranda Lambert)
9. John Anderson, “Swingin’” (LeAnn Rimes)
10. Buddy Miller, “Don’t Tell Me” (Alicia Nugent)
11. Kasey Chambers, “Pony” (Ashley Monroe)
12. Tammy Wynette, “Stand by Your Man” (Dixie Chicks)
13. Bill Monroe, “Blue Moon of Kentucky” (John Fogerty)
14. Conway Twitty, “Goodbye Time” (Blake Shelton)
15. Hank Williams, “I Saw the Light” (Blind Boys of Alabama/ Hank Williams Jr.)
16. Bob Dylan, “Shelter from the Storm” (Rodney Crowell/Emmylou Harris)
17. Merle Haggard, “Today I Started Loving You Again” (Buddy Jewell/Miranda Lambert)
18. Nitty Gritty Dirtband, “Fishing in the Dark” (Garth Brooks)
19. The White Stripes, “Dead Leaves in the Dirty Ground” (Chris Thile)
20. Al Green, “Lets Stay Together” (John Berry)
21. David Allan Coe, “You Never Even Called Me by My Name” (Doug Supernaw)
22. The Decemberists, “Shankill Butchers” (Sarah Jarosz
23. Steve Earle, “My Old Friend the Blues” (Patty Loveless)
24. Eric Clapton, “Lay Down Sally” (Delbert McClinton)
25. Fred Eaglesmith, “Time to Get a Gun” (Miranda Lambert)
26. Dolly Parton, “Jolene” (The White Stripes)
27. Johnny Cash, “I Still Miss Someone” (Suzy Bogguss)
28. Pearl Jam, “Better Man” (Sugarland)
29. Kris Kristofferson, “From the Bottle to the Bottom” (Dierks Bentley/Kris Kristofferson)
30. Don Williams, “Lord, I hope this Day is Good” (Lee Ann Womack)
31. Bob Dylan, “Don’t Think Twice, It’s all right” (Randy Travis)
In an effort to help Country Universe readers build solid music libraries without denting their wallets too badly, we’ll periodically post run-downs of country-related bargains we spot at Amazon’s MP3 store. As with our single reviews, Each summary will be followed by a black widget with which you can listen to clips of the tracks or click through (via the “Buy MP3″ button) to that item’s page at Amazon, where you can purchase it with just a few simple clicks. (Also note that you can have the mp3s go directly into your iTunes library if you install the Amazon MP3 Downloader – good stuff!).
Also, please feel free to let us know in the comments if you find any internet bargains of your own (at Amazon or elsewhere). Without further ado:
TONIGHT ONLY – Dierks Bentley, Feel That Fire– $3.99
I’d be lying if I told you the critics were lovin’ all over this one, but most have noted the presence of at least a few good tracks, and you can’t beat this price on a new release. Act quick, though, because the discount will only be active tonight (in the future, we’ll try to let you know about these one-day deals sooner). Read Blake Boldt’s review of the album here.
Dixie Chicks, Fly – $5.99
‘Round these parts, it’s regarded as the first all-around great Chicks album. Here are the facts: it landed a Grammy nod for overall Album of the Year, has sold upwards of 10 million copies, and charted an astonishing seven singles, with hits ranging from the well-liked (“Ready to Run,” “Without You”) to the downright-iconic (“Cowboy Take Me Away,” “Goodbye Earl”). It was also ranked #39 on Kevin’s 2006 rundown of the greatest country albums released since 1989. Read his write-up of it here.
No, I’m not trying to argue that CCR were a country group, because they weren’t. But John Fogerty has some significant ties to the genre as a solo artist, and you can certainly trace swamp-rock classics like “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and “Lodi” back to the same primordial soup that spewed out country music, so…y’know, whatever. This collection compiles everything a casual fan will ever need, and at a value of $0.25 a song, who’s going to gripe?