Sunday, June 12, 2016

She Oughta Miss Me By Now

Mark Chesnutt! How lovely to hear your name again. And when Rolling Stone tells me your new song is "steel-drenched," I get a good feeling. I wouldn't go so far as to call it drenched in steel, but more of a blanket of steel - the way you feel wrapped up in it if you're in a country bar. It's a good song, has an early 90s kind of sound, not as twangy as some. The lyrics are okay. It is definitely a country song, but honestly it's nothing special. I like it fine and wouldn't turn the station if it came on, but it's not the kind of song I would ache to hear and call in numerous times or rush out to buy the album for, so I could listen to it over and over. It is the kind of song for hearing in a dance hall, for having playing in the background at a restaurant (the kind that serves chicken fried steak and brisket). Honestly it's more of a 'B-side,' but I'm looking forward to hearing more, hopefully more powerful songs from the old MC, maybe something as good as "It Sure is Monday," "Bubba Shot the Jukebox," or "Too Cold at Home."

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Workout Songs - 6/2/16

I thought I'd share this Youtube playlist that I made this morning to go with my workout. It was originally missing the final 2 songs, but the list was too short. My kids' favorite from the list was "Out With My Boots On," but the only criterion I used for the songs was that it be fast. Once, I was in a track meet in high school, doing the mile and a half race, and I had the song "Nice and Slow," stuck in my head. It was the first and last time that I placed absolutely last. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Sad Song Playlist

Howdy, y'all. I've been working on a number of playlists to keep y'all interested. This one I just made this morning. It's short and sweet - by sweet I mean that every one of the 9 songs on the list makes me cry or get choked up before the end with the exception of the last one, though when combined with the video, that'll do it, too. I argued with myself about the Kathy Mattea song, since it does seem kind of happy at the end, and I even considered changing the title of the playlist, but I think it has sufficient sadness in it, and the number of tears it causes is sufficient. Enjoy the catharsis.

Saturday, May 21, 2016


I love the simplicity of country music. Some of the more complicated tunes, I tune out. Some of the trying too hard type lyrics, I ignore. Acoustic guitar, electric guitar steeeeeel guitar, don't need complexity to be killer. The alternative conveys more emotion, more depth. Think about some of the best country songs out there: "The Chair," "The Truth," "Tear in My Beer!" This song by Maren Morris has simple sound, simple lyrics; instant classic.

Maren Morris "My Church"

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kenny Chesney's "Noise"

It's hard to tell if you're flipping on a pop station, country station, or some motley of 80s/90s pop rock alternative on the FM dial.  "Noise" rocks the pop sound in the opening - not unusual for a new country song these days. But then it does something new and fun and unexpected - and unexpectedly awesome. I guess since folk and blues and jazz have always had this connection to country without being too close, it's not a surprise that someone would eventually mix them. When I was in high school, I had this habit of going to Half-Priced Books and looking around in their old cds and tapes, and I picked up this one that had a guy with big hair on the front, and I had no idea what it would sound like or if I'd like it, and I had no idea what kind of music it would be. David Mead turned out to be an excellent addition to my music collection - and he was something I would have never sought out intentionally - but I'm glad I did. He's folksy, indie, with a bit of jazz/blues - though I feel like I could offend some people by putting such a pop sound into the jazz category. I thought we were talking about Kenny Chesney here! Yes, so the fun thing that KC does in this song is he taps into some folksy bluesy sound that just sneaks up on you, and you're not sure if you like it, why you like it, but it is good.

Check it out on this video, at the 1:50 point, at the end of the line, when he hits the word noise, he goes off key. It's one of the most prominent features of a David Mead song, which is why I mention him. When I was searching on Youtube to decide which song to share with y'all on here, I saw that, funnily enough - David Mead did a song more recently called "Nashville," and guess who covered it? Taylor Swift. Ha. If you've read anything on this blog, you know that I'm an unwilling Taylor Swift fan. I don't like her most recent album, though, the 80s music one - it's too...80s for me. I like some 80s, but none of the kind that she did in her album. It's the only one I haven't bought of hers, and I've heard all of the songs, and I'm not regretting the non-purchase there, not a bit. The whole point of this article, though, is to point out the awesome thing that Kenny Chesney has done in "Noise," lyrics aside (and the lyrics are good - just a little Brad Paisley "Celebrity" obvious). 

Here's a little David Mead for the sake of comparison:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Just had a little barf moment. Tim McGraw new song "Country Girl." Have you heard this? Does your stomach get a little gross when you hear the electronic voice stuff? Yuck.

Speaking of yuck, let me just mention the absolute tastelessness of Blake Shelton's new song, which I happen to like very much save one little piece. The song is "Mine would be you," but you can't sing it in front of your kids. It is right in the beginning of the song, though, so if you totally like the song otherwise, for its musical loveliness and the rest of the lyrics, if you turn your volume down for a count of 10 when the song starts, you're good to go.

Cheers, y'all.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Kenny Rogers Upcoming Tour

Howdy, folks. Thought you'd like to hear that Kenny Rogers is coming out with a new album 
You Can't Make Old Friends - to be released October 8th. 

He's also touring a bit this year to feature the new album as well as some Christmas shows come the holiday season. Check below to see if he'll be in your area! Also, check back in the next few weeks for an album review and interview about the coming tour. 

09/25  Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – Concert for Cumberland Heights – Nashville, TN
10/10  University, MS – Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts – University of Mississippi
10/11  Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
10/20  Charleston, SC – Southern Ground Music & Food Festival – Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island
            (Special Guest of Zac Brown Band)
10/26  Pocola, OK – Choctaw Casino
11/09  El Dorado, AR – El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
11/10  Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
01/23  St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles – The Country Music Cruise 2014
01/13  Carmel, IN – The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium

With Special Guest Linda Davis
12/01  Concord, NH – The Capitol Center For The Arts 
12/02  Verona, NY – Turning Stone Resort Casino – Event Center
12/03  Englewood, NJ – bergenPAC
12/05  Newark, NJ – Prudential Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
12/07  Newport News, VA – Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center For The Arts
12/08  Morgantown, WV – West Virginia University – Creative Arts Center
12/12  Paducah, KY – Carson Center
12/14  Sault Sainte Marie, MI – Kewadin Casino – DreamMakers Theater
12/16  New Philadelphia, OH – Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas
12/21  Naperville, IL – Pfeiffer Hall – North Central College