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Day 14 features tracks from Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Cal Smith, Lori McKenna, and Gram Parsons.
“The Long Goodbye”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Paul Brady and Ronan Keating
Covering a British pop song is an interesting way to make a modern country hit. Brooks & Dunn do such a great job on this one that it’s hard to believe it isn’t an original penned by the duo.
Other Favorites: “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone,” “Brand New Man,” “That Ain’t No Way to Go”
“Long Time Gone”
Written by Darrell Scott
We’ve written a lot about this song over the years. Heck, it topped our decade-end list of singles back in 2009. Listening to it today, you can still enjoy it for the sheer musicianship and flawless vocals. But it also serves as a reminder that the Dixie Chicks recorded a memorial for country music just a few months before a big part of it died with their departure from the radio.
Other Favorites: “Top of the World,” “Truth No. 2,” “Not Ready to Make Nice”
“The Lord Knows I’m Drinking”
Written by Bill Anderson
Cal Smith is another one of those artists that my parents listened to in the car, with vinyl records copied on to cassette tapes to pass the time on long car rides. My mom’s favorite was “Country Bumpkin.” My dad’s was “Macarthur’s Hand.” This is the one that I loved, and still do.
Other Favorites: “Jason’s Farm,” “I Just Came Home to Count the Memories,” “Macarthur’s Hand”
Written by Lori McKenna
All those folks discovering Lori McKenna now, post-“Girl Crush” and “Humble and Kind?” Go download her Lorraine album now, and wrap yourself in the warmth of the title track. A powerful tribute to the late mother whose name she bears, it is equal parts grief and gratitude, hurt and humility.
Other Favorites: “The Luxury of Knowing,” “Still Down Here,” “Shake”
Written by Boudleaux Bryant
Gram Parsons could’ve been one of the country greats, had he not died tragically young. Emmylou Harris might’ve remained the planet’s best backup singer, had Gram Parsons not died tragically young. I’m eternally grateful for Harris’s body of work, but I sure wish we could’ve heard these two sing together for many years more.
Other Favorites: “In My Hour of Darkness,” “Return of the Grievous Angel,” How Much I’ve Lied”
Up Next: Day 15: “Love, Me” to “Mean”