My Kind of Country

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

Daily Archives: March 6, 2010

Week ending 3/6/10: #1 albums this week in country music history

1985: Ricky Skaggs – Country Boy (Sony)

1990: Ricky Van Shelton – RVS III (Sony)

1995: Garth Brooks – The Hits (Capitol)

2000: Dixie Chicks – Fly (Sony)

2005: Kenny Chesney – Be As You Are (BNA)

2010: Lady Antebellum – Need You Now (Capitol)

Classic Rewind: Alan Jackson – ‘Better Class Of Losers’

Alan never recorded this song himself, but it is one of the songs he co-wrote with Randy Travis, who had a big hit with it. Here is a rare clip of Alan singing it live:

CD Giveaway: Gary Allan – ‘Get Off On The Pain’

Update:  And the winner is … dallad.  Congratulations and be checking your inbox for a message from me requesting your shipping information.  Thanks to everybody who commented and for all the suggestions regarding our Spotlight Artist feature.  We hope you enjoy Alan Jackson’s career retrospective this month and be sure to come back soon as we’ll be giving you a chance to win a copy of Alan’s latest album, Freight Train.

Gary Allan has spent his career honing his image as the edgy bad-boy of country music.  His music, always just on the fringe of traditional country, but with as much Eagles as Haggard influences, has been winning over critics and fans alike going into two decades now.  On March 9, 2010, Gary will release his eighth studio album on MCA Records.  The lead single has already made its way to the top 20 on the country singles chart.  It’s a little different from Allan’s usual fare.  However, the lush-sounding love song certainly fits neatly on country radio playlists.

Allan's eight studio album, Get Off On The Pain, drops March 9, 2010.

During the shortest month of the year, we’ve been analyzing the life and career of this southern California boy turned country music stalwart.  If you’d like to win a copy of Gary Allan’s latest album before it hits stores, we’d like for you to drop us a few suggestions.   Choosing a spotlight artist every month isn’t easy for us.  We have to take into consideration who has a new release coming out – we try to shine the spotlight on not only those artists who rank among our favorites, but on those with a new project in the works, so that gives us something to sort of lead up to all month long.

Also, we’ve tried to strike a balance between the classic and the contemporary. Personally, I think we’ve done a decent job so far, but now we want to know what you think.  Do you enjoy reading all the retro reviews that go along with spotlight artists, or would you rather we stick to what’s current?  Who would you like to see as a spotlight artist in the coming months?  The floor is open to your suggestions and comments.

Each comment made before 11:59 PM on Feb 28, 2010 will enter the poster into the running to win a copy of Gary Allan’s latest Get Off On The Pain.  Good luck to everybody and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on our progress so far.