My Kind of Country

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

Random playlist

I’ve been listening to different songs lately. We’ve all got our evergreen favorites that we always come back to. These are not them.  They’re also not new releases or recent discoveries. These are just 8 songs that have been giving me a lot of satisfaction lately. So I wanted to share them.

Mark Chesnutt – ‘Thank God For Believers’ … This is one of my favorites from our June Spotlight Artist.  Years into a rocky relationship, this guy is still making mistakes, but he’s sure grateful for his good-hearted woman who just ‘wipes her tears away and puts the coffee on’.

Wynonna – ‘Sometimes I Feel Like Elvis’ … Pressures build up and even the best of us feel a little overwhelmed sometimes.  This ‘song about having everything and nothing at all’ features a pair of smart, revealing verses that give way to a soaring chorus.

Reba McEntire – ‘Never Had a Reason To’ … The closing track on Reba’s acclaimed What If It’s You album finds the narrator chasing her own dreams, having never been tied down to any one person, place, or thing – until now, that is.  The bass-line intro, which frames much of the song, recalls classic country songs like George Jones’ ‘Her Name Is…’

Dixie Chicks -‘If I Fall You’re Going Down With Me’ … Natalie Maines rips into this track with a funky vibe in her timbre, complimented by strange but pleasant harmonies throughout the song by her band mates.  She’s on the edge of falling in, but not letting go of his hand.  Nobody wants to be the only one in love.

Reba – ‘Have I Got a Deal For You’ … This is just a fun song, with Reba in full New Traditionalist mode – this time with a western swing number as good as any George Strait has given us.  Reba talks about her heart like it’s a used car, hinting at a bit of wear and tear, but quickly pointing out that ‘it’s a one time only offer’ and she’s letting this one-of-a-kind, life-time guaranteed heart go at basement prices.

Linda Ronstadt – ‘Tracks Of My Tears’ … The Miracles had the first hit with this oft-covered gem.  Ronstadt’s California Rock-inspired recording of the Motown classic went top 5 in 1976 on the pop charts, and just missed the country top 10.

Elton John – ‘Turn The Lights Out When You Leave’ … In 2004, Elton John released Peachtree Road, an album of songs he had recorded in Atlanta.  While it wasn’t billed as a country album, nor should it be, much of the press surrounding it called it country, and an appearance with Dolly Parton on the CMA Awards that year helped cement that classification.  The CMA performance of this song lead me to buy the CD, and I still find myself spinning the lead single – which doesn’t feature Dolly’s magnificent harmonies – quite often.

Patty Loveless – ‘When The Fallen Angels Fly’ … The (almost) title track to Patty’s CMA Album of the Year features one of the singer’s finest vocals, set to a pure country backdrop, while lines like ‘I near drowned myself in freedom, just to feed my foolish pride’ elevate it from other similar-themed songs like Patty’s own ‘Lonely Too Long’ and Trisha Yearwood’s ‘Like We Never Had a Broken Heart’.

What’s new in heavy rotation in your library these days?

7 responses to “Random playlist

  1. Razor X June 29, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I can’t say that I have anything in particular in heavy rotation right now aside from a George and Tammy CD that I’d been playing a lot in the car, simply because I was too lazy to change it. I did finally switch it for a Hank Snow CD that’s getting a good workout at the moment.

  2. Ben Foster June 29, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Currently on heavy rotation on my iPod:
    LeAnn Rimes, “Swingin'”
    Little Big Town, “Little White Church”
    Cyndi Thomson, “What I Really Meant to Say”
    Reba McEntire, “Have I Got a Deal for You” (Great minds think alike!)
    Dixie Chicks, “Landslide”
    Patty Loveless, “That’s the Kind of Mood I’m In”
    Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Shut Up and Kiss Me”
    Linda Ronstadt, “Silver Threads and Golden Needles”
    Faith Hill, “Red Umbrella,” “The Way You Love Me”
    Sarah Buxton, “Outside My Window”
    Julianne Hough, “You, You, You”
    Beyond country:
    Anastacia, “I’m Outta Love”
    Lady GaGa, “Telephone”
    Bon Jovi, “Livin’ On a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name”

  3. Andrew Leprich June 30, 2010 at 5:37 am

    I generally listen to full albums over songs, but currently the songs I’ve been turning to a lot lately are:
    Merle Haggard – Makeup and Faded Blue Jeans
    Mark Chesnutt – I Might Even Quit Loving You
    Josh Turner – Another Try
    Kris Kristofferson – Good Morning John
    Rodney Crowell – The Man in Me
    Allison Krauss – Goodbye Is All We Have
    Del McCoury – Rain and Snow
    Vince Gill – When I Call Your Name
    Pam Tillis – Let That Pony Run
    Shenandoah – Sunday in the South
    Patty Loveless – Man in the Moon
    Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave

  4. Caroline July 1, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I pretty much listen to all Reba, all the time! I have one LONG playlist which I will not list in its entirety (and you’re welcome), but the two mentioned by J.R. Journey (“Have I Got a Deal For You” and “Never Had a Reason To”) certainly get heavy play. Just a few of the other Reba songs that get a lot of play on my iPod:

    Fancy (duh)
    I Won’t Mention It Again
    Till You Love Me
    Buying Her Roses
    And Still
    Sky Full of Angels
    Wrong Night
    Please Come To Boston
    Sunday Kind of Love
    Since I Fell For You

  5. Julia Hughan July 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Nothing too notable on heavy rotation as of late but I am currently bulldozing through the back catalogue of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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