My Kind of Country

Country music from a fan's point of view since 2008

Song power and lead

Reba performing at the 2009 ACM Awards in Las Vegas.   

Reba performing at the 2009 ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

They say confession is good for the soul, right? I have to confess that I’m a bit of a lead foot. It’s one of my few vices. I like to push it somewhere between 5 and 10 miles over the limit. You probably understand if you live in a state like Nebraska with a lot of wide open spaces, or you live in a smaller town or in the country and need to drive somewhere to get any place.

Fortunately, I seem to have a nice face and a clean driving record so I haven’t gotten an actual ticket in close to ten years. But lately, since I’ve started listening to mostly country music, I’ve gotten a lot of warnings. Just gets my toe tapping I guess.

I got stopped twice while playing Reba CDs all the way to a Reba concert in Minnesota (once in Nebraska and once only 30 minutes from the venue). It was understandable to be speeding toward that concert, right? I mean, it was Reba! I got stopped here in town coming off the interstate while listening to the “Fast Song Friday” request program on our local country station. They were playing my request, Reba again.

And just this week I got pulled over while listening to George Strait’s Beyond the Blue Neon CD going a bit too fast in a construction zone. I think it was ‘Angel, Angelina’ that got me in trouble. (Took the cruise control off for the construction zone and my speed crept up.)

I usually turn the radio down, but not off when talking to the officer. Perhaps that’s the real reason I only get warnings – they’re country fans, too – or at least Reba and George fans.

So, if you were caught speeding what might you be listening to? You can either speak from experience or hypothetically.

17 responses to “Song power and lead

  1. J.R. Journey May 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    You wild and crazy Reba fan you, Meg. 🙂

    It’s kind of embarrassing for a 25 year old man to admit, but Shania Twain’s CDs have gotten me pulled over more than once. We have lots of speed traps in the little towns between my hometown and Columbus and Cincinnati though – so I’m a natural target for radar guns.

  2. Chris May 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Lately,I tend to drive faster when I hear Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold” or the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow”. I’ve never gotten a ticket though. xD

  3. Razor X May 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I suppose that anything uptempo can be risky.

  4. Paul W Dennis May 5, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Probably some Asleep At The Wheel,Bob Wills or Buck Owens

  5. Claudia May 5, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Yeah, it’s Shania. The “Come On Over” album was my driving music for a long time. Just put it on, and away you go! This morning, though, I was making good time to “All My Exs Live in Texas”. Love ya, George.

  6. Mike K May 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    The last time I got caught speeding I was listening to DAC Live at Billy Bob’s. That CD will make you GO!

    The lead in to this story made me think of another one, though, You Can Have Her, especially the version on Waylon Live.

  7. Occasional Hope May 5, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I’m shocked, Meg – I wouldn’t have thought you were a speeder 😉

  8. Greg May 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    The only time I got a speeding ticket…we were jamming pretty hard to the Emerson Drive “Countrified” CD. Everytime they come on, my foot gets a bit heavier. Reba does the same for me, but the Reba God’s must be watching over me, cuz I have never gotten a speeding ticket with her on the system.

  9. Meg May 5, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    And then there’s the CDs I haven’t gotten caught with (yet)…Brooks & Dunn, Garth, Sugarland…

  10. BLL May 5, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    The only time I got pulled over for speeding (in an Escort no less!) I was traveling from Columbus to Cuyahoga Falls with my newly purchased cassette of the just released Billy Joel’s ‘Glass Houses’. At the time I was blonde, in a miniskirt and bit busty. I got off with a warning. Now I’m old, plump and going gray, so I don’t think that would work now, but I don’t speed anymore either.

  11. Sean May 5, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I have the same problem with Reba. I have yet to get a ticket, but I’m pretty sure Reba will be the one on my radio. Any song of hers, uptempo or slow, makes me not pay as much attention to how fast I’m going!! It’s terrible, but I enjoy it anyways!!!

  12. Adam June 22, 2009 at 7:50 am

    The aforementioned local Nebraska radio station can accept no responsibility for penalties incurred while under the influence of Fast Song Friday. However, thanks for the request! I hope you enjoyed the Reba concert!

  13. jessica January 19, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    reba mcentire is the best singer there ever is. she is an angel with a beautiful voice to match. i don’t know what i’d do with out her in my life.i could listen to sing for hours like all day an night. no one can sing like her cause they don’t have a beautiful voice like she does.i’m just happy i had a chance to see her in concert on oct. 31st. well reba i hope u get a chance to see this. love ya reba always.

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