Discussion: Recommend a Track(list)

Since all of you love to play with your iPods (or maybe that’s just me and I’m projecting it), let’s do Recommend a Track a little differently this week.

Put your iPod on shuffle, and keep playing until you’ve found 10 tracks you’d proudly recommend to others, then put how many tracks it took to get there.  (While doing this, ask yourself the pertinent questions, “How does he come up with these ridiculous questions?” and “Why do I keep answering them?”)

My 10 (out of 38)
1. Todd Snider, “Conservative Christian…”
2. Electronic, “For You”
3. Neil Diamond, “Slow it Down”
4. Willie Nelson, “Yesterday’s Wine”
5. Kathy Mattea, “I Will”
6. Collin Raye, “A Bible and a Bus Ticket Home”
7. Suzy Bogguss, “Saying Goodbye to a Friend”
8. Vince Gill, “Give Me the Highway”
9. Johnny Cash, “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry”
10. Chris Thile, “Waltz for Dewayne Pomeroy”


  1. Either I have a less embarrassing collection than Kevin or my standards for recommending are much lower. I only had to go through 15 songs. ;)

    My 10 (out of 15)

    1. Texas Echo – David Ball
    2. Traveler’s Prayer – George Jones & Sweethearts of the Rodeo
    3. Take Me Back to Tulsa – Bob Wills
    4. She Knows What to Do With a Saturday Night – Billy Currington
    5. I Wonder Where We’d Be Tonight – Vern Gosdin
    6. Midnight Train – The Maddox Brothers and Rose
    7. I’m Not Ready Yet – George Jones
    8. Bluebird Wine – Emmylou Harris
    9. Leavin’ on a Jet Plane – Bobby Bare
    10. Heroes and Friends – Randy Travis

  2. All right, I’m in…

    (1) “Talking Old Soldiers,” Bettye LaVette.
    (2) “Free Until They Cut Me Down,” Iron&Wine.
    (3) “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” Buck Owens (which shouldn’t require a recommendation, but just in case)
    (4) “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds,” George Jones & Melba Montgomery (as with #3).
    (5) “Life’s a Gas,” Southern Culture on the Skids.
    (6) “Play a Train Song,” Todd Snider.
    (7) “Tell it to Me (Live on World Cafe),” Old Crow Medicine Show.
    (8) “No Way,” Scott H. Biram.
    (9) “Louise is in the Blue Moon,” Allison Moorer.
    (10) “Fancy,” Bobbie Gentry.

    To get to 10 tracks that land somewhere under a “big tent” definition of country took 79 skips.

  3. I actually didn’t have to skip any this time!:

    1. Rod Stewart, “Maggie Mae”
    2. Dwight Yoakam, “Population Me”
    3. Gary Allan, “Guys Like Me”
    4. Hank Williams, “Settin’ The Woods On Fire”
    5. Dwight Yoakam, “Nothing’s Changed Here”
    6. Miranda Lambert, “Love Is Looking For You”
    7. George & Tammy, “We’re Gonna Hold On”
    8. Trisha Yearwood, “Georgia Rain”
    9. Vince Gill, “Kindly Keep It Country”
    10. Emmylou Harris, “Burn That Candle”

  4. Here’s my list. It’s mostly country but I do love the Gabe Dixon band (they’re based in Nashville and signed to Fantasy Records). It took 27 tracks to get this 10.

    1. “Tear Down The House” – The Avett Brothers
    2. “More Than You’ll Ever Know” – Travis Tritt
    3. “A Man Who Knows” – Billy Yates
    4. All Will Be Well – The Gabe Dixon Band (their new album is quite good if you like piano based rock)
    5. Dr. F*** Phil (Or: How Do You Top This) – Lewis Black
    6. “Cold Cold Heart” – Raul Malo
    7. Truth Decay – Rodney Crowell
    8. “Somebody Like You” – Keith Urban
    9. “Take It All Out On You” – Kelly Willis
    10. “Streets of Laredo” – Johnny Cash

  5. 1. “The Bug”, Mary Chapin Carpenter
    2. “Don’t Know Why”, Norah Jones
    3. “Come On Get Higher”, Matt Nathanson
    4. “Let Her Cry”, Hootie & the Blowfish
    5. “Shut Up and Kiss Me”, Mary Chapin Carpenter (again?)
    6. “Carolina”, Matt Wertz
    7. “Piece of My Heart”, Janis Joplin
    8. “Spirit in the Sky”, Three Dog Night
    9. “Iris”, Goo Goo Dolls
    10. “Beautiful Day”, U2

    20 songs

  6. 1. “The Wanderer,” OAR
    2. “Mama Tried,” Merle
    3. “Honky Tonk Night Time Man,” Merle
    4. “Easy Money,” Brad Paisley
    5. “You Got That Right,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
    6. “Sweet Revenge,” Pat Green
    7. “Always Late With Your Kisses,” Dwight Yoakam
    8. “Hold On True,” OAR
    9. “Spanish Moon,” Little Feat
    10. “The Golden Road,” Grateful Dead

    15 Songs

  7. It took me 17 flips to get to my top 10 I would proudly recommend …

    Garth Brooks – Not Counting You
    Mary Chapin Carpenter – Quittin Time
    Doug Stone – I Thought It Was You
    Sweethearts of the Rodeo – Midnight Girl in a Sunset Town
    Trisha Yearwood – We Tried
    Brooks & Dunn – My Next Broken Heart
    Jimmy Buffett – Bama Breeze
    Alison Krauss with Shenandoah – Somewhere In the Vicinity of the Heart
    Reba – Bobby
    Sugarland – Just Might Make Me Believe

  8. Matt B,

    Matt Wertz was here in Nashville last week with Gavin Degraw. For that reason, I was not in attendance. But I was able to catch him last year at a local, low-key venue and really enjoyed his performance. I’ve been a fan for a few years now, but hadn’t seen him live until then.

    Gabe Dixon Band is here at the Belcourt next Friday (my birthday, CU readers!), and now you’ve reminded me what I need to be doing that night. I know this is a country music website, but what the heck…


  9. “Change is Hard” by She & Him
    “Slow Swinging Western Tunes” by Sunny Sweeney
    “One Thing I Know” by The Randy Rogers Band
    “The Wolves (Act 1 & 2)” by Bon Iver
    “Feet don’t touch the ground” by Stoney LaRue
    “Bartering Lines” by Ryan Adams
    “Another Travelin’ Song” by Bright Eyes
    “Trapeze Swinger” by Iron & Wine
    “Empty Baseball Park” by Whiskeytown
    “Come on in my Kitchen” by the Allman Brothers

    ~Ben J

  10. Ok, so here’s a 2nd list (because I just can’t resist and have nothing better to do).

    1. “Belief” – John Mayer
    2. “Too Good To You” – Josh Kelley (Brother of Lady A’s Charles)
    3. “Something That We Do” – Clint Black
    4. “Sewn” – The Feeling
    5. “Break So Easy” – Jonathan Rice
    6. “Heaven Help This Heart Of Mine” – Tania Hancheroff
    7. “I Dare You” – LeAnn Rimes
    8. “Out Last Night” – Pat Haney
    9. “In The Light of Day” – Billy Yates
    10. “Some Men Fall” – Walt Wilkins

    It took 32 times to get these 10 (most coming on the last track).

  11. Blake,

    I’m a big fan of many of the pop/rock artists that are based here in Nashville. Wertz, Dave Barnes, Gabe Dixon Band, etc. People often forget the city is good for more than just country.

    Speaking of local show dates: One Flew South will be at 3rd and Lindsey on Monday and Wednesday Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen and Seth James (?) are playing a industry showcase (for free) at The Rutledge.

  12. Wed – 10 Randy Rogers / Wade Bowen / Seth James
    8:30 PM – Doors Open @ 7 PM
    No Cover

    From the website. I only saw that it was an industry ‘showcase’ on Wade or Randy’s myspace. But anyone can go. If it is an industry show, chances are there will be free swag, otherwise it’s a free show to see at least two well-regarded acts (I never listened to Seth James before so I’d assume he’d be opening the show).

  13. Fun.

    1. “Farewell Transmission” – Songs: Ohia
    2. “The Taker” – Waylon Jennings
    3. “Feeling Good Again” – Robert Earl Keen
    4. “Down There By the Train” – Johnny Cash
    5. “By Your Side” – Blue Mountain
    6. “San Gabriel” – Wrinkle Neck Mules
    7. “Behold the River” – The Snake The Cross The Crown
    8. “When Will You Come Back Home” – Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
    9. “Asking For Flowers” – Kathleen Edwards
    10. “Tonight Ain’t Gonna Be Good” – Lucero

  14. Here’s my list..mainly country…of course! I didn’t skip thru…I just went with the first ten songs that came up…interesting list! Haha

    1. Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – Lady Antebellum

    2. I Can’t Stop Loving You – Keith Urban

    3. Only What You Make of It – Little Big Town

    4. Trouble’s Here – Lee Ann Womack

    5. Let Him Fly – Dixie Chicks

    6. The Car in Front of Me – Luke Bryan

    7. Happiness – Lee Ann Womack

    8. Jolene – Dolly Parton

    9. Waitin on a Woman – Brad Paisley

    10. Distant Shore – Dierks Bentley

  15. “Borrowed Time” – Richard and Linda Thompson
    “I’ll See You In My Dreams” – Merle Travis
    “They Rage On” – Dan Seals
    “This Guitar Is For Sale” – Bobby Bare
    “We Tell Ourselves” – Clint Black
    “Burgundy Shoes” – Patty Griffin
    “She Won’t Let Me Fly Away” – John Denver
    “Friday Night” – Dennis Wilson
    “Cry Baby Cry” – The Beatles
    “That’s That” – Michael Johnson

    Took me about 20 spins to get to those ten. Not too bad.

  16. These were the first 10 country songs that came up:

    1. Fire On the Mountain – Marshall Tucker Band
    2. Top Of the World – Dixie Chicks
    3. The Winner – Bobby Bare
    4. Paradise – John Prine
    5. Raining On Sunday – Keith Urban
    6. Poncho & Lefty – Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard
    7. Make the World Go Away – Eddy Arnold
    8. If We Make It Through December – Merle Haggard
    9. Life In a Northern Town – Sugarland/Little Big Town/Jake Owen
    10. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ole Days) – The Judds

  17. Thanks for the info, Matt B. What a week for music in Music City. Trisha Yearwood’s at the Ryman on Wednesday night as well, and Patty Loveless will be live on WSM radio from the Country Music Hall of Fame on Monday. Plus, the Next Big Nashville festival, with a number of pop, rock and country artists is the 10th and 14th. I could name a rising artists that I would love to see. So much to do, so little time. I sound like a walking advertisement for Nashville.

  18. 01. Keep Your Feet On THe Ground – Rhonda Vincent (#3)
    02. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Fortune Teller (#5)
    03. It Ain’t Me – Shooter Jennings (#7)
    04. Memorized – Rebecca Lynn Howard (#9)
    05. A Hard Way To Fall – Ryan Adams (#12)
    06. Cold In California – Alison Moorer (#13)
    07. Down On My Knees – Trisha Yearwood (#15)
    08. The Last Cowboy – Jamey Johnson (#16)
    09. THe Break Up Song – Katrina Elam (#19)
    10. Best Of All Possible Worlds – The Little Willies (#21)

    So it took me 21 tracks to find 10 I’d reccomend. A lot of the one’s I skipped though were one’s that I’m not even sure why they’re on my ipod.

  19. Blake, I’ve seen advertisments for “NBN.” Don’t forget that there’s the Capitol Pub Craw1 2 coming up as well. I’m going specifically because Emily West is playing it and it will allow me the time to speak with her again. Other Capitol aritsts are playing: Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker will sing on a stage in the street and Luke will join Emily at pubs. Sounds like damn fun to me.

  20. haha! Sorry to have hijacked the forum with the Nashville centric show listings. Honestly, I am still excited to be around much of the music I like. In Seattle there are a lot of live shows but it’s usually bands that are more alternative rock leaning (obvious statement of the year, eh?) so I’m just excited.

  21. 1. Keith Urban – Everybody (#1)
    2. Hedley – I Don’t Believe It (#2)
    3. Keith Urban – I Can’t Stop Loving You (#3)
    4. McFly – That Girl (#5)
    5. Jonas Brothers – Australia (#6)
    6. Dierks Bentley – Soon as You Can (#9)
    7. Big & Rich – 8th of November (#10)
    8. Big & Rich – Love Train (#13)
    9. Toby Keith – How Do You Like Me Now? (#16)
    10. Jonas Brothers – Shelf (#17)

  22. 1. Bitter End – Dixie Chicks
    2. Damn – Leann Rimes
    3. Without a Sound – SheDaisy
    4. Hey Batter Batter – Trent Tomlinson
    5. The Best Day – George Strait
    6. Angel Flying to Close to the Ground – Willie Nelson
    7. Gone – Ashley Monroe
    8. Simple Love – Allison Krauss
    9. Too Many Tears Too Late – Bobbie Cryner
    10. I’d Rather Have What We Have – Lee Ann Womack

    33 Songs —

  23. 1. “Mine All Mine” by SHeDAISY
    2. “God’s Will” by Martina McBride
    3. “Bottle It Up” by Sara Bareilles
    4. “Little Goodbyes” by SHeDAISY
    5. “I’m Taking The Wheel” by SHeDAISY
    6. “I Run To You” by Lady Antebellum
    7. “Desperation” by Miranda Lambert
    8. “Intuition” by Feist
    9. “Need U Bad” by Jazmine Sullivan
    10.”Already Gone” by Sugarland

    The last one was the 28th song. Honestly, it popped out many of my most favorite songs, but for some reason it really likes SHeDAISY!

  24. Out of 23:

    You’ve Got To Talk To Me – Lee Ann Womack
    Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses – U2
    Dream a Little Dream of Me – Diana Krall & Hank Jones
    A Million Miles Away – Thompson Brothers
    You and You Alone – Vince Gill
    On a Night Like Tonight – Tammy Rogers
    Jolene – Mindy Smith with Dolly Parton
    Born Again Fool – Patty Loveless
    I Don’t Care – Dwight Yoakam
    I Told You So – Keith Urban

  25. Out Of 30:

    ~Rockin’ With The Rythm Of The Rain-The Judds (#1)
    ~The Way You Love Me-Faith Hill (#2)
    ~Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)-Alison Krauss & Robert Plant (#5)
    ~Some Hearts-Carrie Underwood (#8)
    ~Even Now-Sara Evans (#9)
    ~Forever Love-REBA (#10)
    ~I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore-Carrie Underwood (#12)
    -Fly Away- Sugarland (#15)
    ~Backseat Of A Greyhound Bus-Sara Evans (#18)
    ~Love Is Looking For You-Miranda Lambert (#30)

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