Selects from Loretta Lynn in concert on May 24, 2014 at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Selects from Loretta Lynn in concert on May 24, 2014 at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
31 Country Songs that were on the radio/charts in 1994 (31 of my favorites anyway), in random order:
1. Wild One – Faith Hill
2. Live Until I Die – Clay Walker
3. I Swear – John Michael Montgomery
4. No Doubt About It – Neal McCoy
5. My Love – Little Texas
6. If Bubba Can Dance (I Can Too) – Shenandoah
7. Don’t Take the Girl – Tim McGraw
8. Wink – Neal McCoy
9. Foolish Pride – Travis Tritt
10. Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson
11. Be My Baby Tonight – John Michael Montgomery
12. Third Rock From the Sun – Joe Diffie
13. Dreaming With My Eyes Wide Open – Clay Walker
14. If I Could Make A Living – Clay Walker
15. Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
16. Lifestyles of the Not So Rich and Famous – Tracy Byrd
17. National Workin’ Woman’s Holiday – Sammy Kershaw
18. Thinkin’ Problem – David Ball
19. Shut Up and Kiss Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
20. Kick A Little – Little Texas
21. Watermelon Crawl – Tracy Byrd
22. Calling Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks
23. I Try to Think About Elvis – Patty Loveless
24. The City Put the Country Back In Me – Neal McCoy
25. Rock My World (Little Country Girl) – Brooks & Dunn
26. That’s My Story – Collin Raye
27. Walking Away A Winner – Kathy Mattea
28. Daddy Never Was the Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad
29. If the Good Die Young – Tracy Lawrence
30. Goin’ Through the Big D – Mark Chesnutt
31. I Want to Be Loved Like That – Shenandoah
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Charlie Daniels – 4/1 release – “Off The Grid – Doin’ It Dylan”
Tangled Up In Blue
Times They Are a Changin’
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Gotta Serve Somebody
I Shall Be Released
Mr. Tambourine Man
Hard Rains A Gonna Fall
Just Like A Woman
Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
The Oak Ridge Boys – 4/15 – “Boys Night Out”
You’re The One
(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free
Y’all Come Back Saloon
This Crazy Love
Trying To Love Two Women
Come On In
Make My Life With You
Thank God For Kids
Dolly Parton – 5/13 – “Blue Smoke”
Don’t Think Twice
You Can’t Make Old Friends
Banks of the Ohio
Lay Your Hands on Me
Miss You-Miss Me
If I Had Wings
Lover du Jour
From Here to the Moon and Back
Peter Keys – “Autopsy-Turvy” – Available Now at PeterKeys.com
Last Great American Joke
Slave To Prime Time
Universe Within You
Cowboy Troy – 3/11 – “King of Clubs”
Drink Drank Drunk (feat. Big & Rich and Big Smo)
Club Criminal (feat. Bubba Sparxxx and Sinister)
Giddy Up (feat. Sinister)
Rope It Off
Daisy Dukes And Cowboy Boots (feat. Big & Rich)
Mack Truck (Hick-Hop Version) [feat. Moonshine Bandits, D. Thrash of Jawga Boyz, and John Rich]
Buzzed Up (feat. Goodnight Fellows)
Is Everybody Doing OK (with Mickie James and “The Cowboy” James Storm)
Jo Dee Messina – 3/18 – “Me”
Not Dead Yet
Strong Shot of You
Love On a Maybe
Breakin’ It Down
Like a Kid Again
A Woman’s Rant
He’s Messed Up
Say Goodbye To Superman
Source: So Much Moore Media
Single & New Video Available Now
The video was produced by Tom Frkovich (Kennedy Center, Amazon, United Way), directed by Nicole Agostino (Silver Linings Playbook) and filmed at several New Jersey locations. Settings include the Almonesson Fire Hall in Deptford and Exley’s Garden Center & Christmas Tree Farm in Sewell. The garland-festooned log cabin seen throughout is the Franklinville home of Sherry’s friends Donna and Joe Kennedy, who also portray a merry mother and father.
“Christmas On My Mind” kicks off with Lynn’s crystal clear Country vocal, a bouncy melody, tinkling sleigh bells, chimes and more. It’s a song Sherry has been searching years to find. “I have always wanted to record a Christmas song,” Sherry notes. “And while I love the traditional classics, I wanted to find something new so I could make it my own. When Sandy brought this tune to me I believed I had finally found the perfect fit. It was a blast to record and my whole family really got into the holiday spirit during the shoot.”
Fans can sample “Christmas On My Mind” HERE via Lynn’s streaming music website, and follow her online at these social media sites:
Radio programmers can access the track via Play MPE and AirPlay Direct, and fans can purchase at iTunes.
Born in Woodberry, New Jersey and now splitting her time between Sewell, NJ and Nashville, TN, Sherry began her career in 2006 when she opened for Sammy Kershaw at Pitman, New Jersey’s historic Broadway Theatre. She has gone on to share the stage with Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Gene Watson, John Rich and Chris Young. Sherry performed The Star Spangled Bannerbefore a crowd of 45,000 baseball fans at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia and entertained at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Most recently Lynn enjoyed a Top 40 Country hit duet with the legendary Crystal Gayle, “Beautiful Life.”
Source: Webster PR
“There are a couple of parts in the movie where the grizzled man astronaut, played by the devastatingly charming George Clooney, is floating around listening to music in his suit. He’s listening to Hank Williams Jr.’s “Angels Are Hard To Find” which ostensibly is about a woman but can be applied to basically anything else. It was just a tiny part of a gigantic movie, but it was entirely moving. It was so peaceful and terrifying. I loved it.” – Shea Serrano, LA Weekly
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 2, 2013) – Will Hank Williams Jr. be headed to the stage of the Academy Awards?? Having won three Emmy Awards for his composition of the ever-popular theme song to Monday Night Football for 21 years, Williams is garnering rave reviews for his musical contribution “Angels Are Hard To Find,” to the current Warner Bros. Picture Gravity.
“This song was on both my 1974 album Living Proof and the 1991 album Pure Hank. It just proves good songs resurface at the appropriate time,” says Hank Williams Jr. “I like both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in their roles. Then hearing my song in the movie, for me, already made it a winner.”
“Angels Are Hard To Find,” is included twice within the movie where Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into… More the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Download “Angels Are Hard To Find” on iTunes:
Source: So Much Moore Media
Country Entertainer Lisa Matassa Sings National Anthem LIVE On The Golf Channel, October 30
2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Final To Reach 120 Million Homes
Nashville, TN (October 29, 2013) -Country entertainer LISA MATASSA will sing the National Anthem live from Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the opening ceremony of the 2013 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Final onWednesday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET. The LIVE UNDER THE LIGHTS event broadcasts globally on-air and online to over 120 million homes and celebrates the new partnership between Long Drivers of America and Golf Channel/NBC. North American broadcast dates include:Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9 p.m.,Thursday, Oct. 31, 4 a.m.,Monday, Nov. 4, 12:30 a.m.,Sunday, Dec. 1, 11:30 a.m. andMonday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m. The international schedule can be found at http://www.longdrivers.com/
While Matassa isn’t a golfer herself, she does admire the sport since her husband Frank competed in Long Drive events in 2009. “I’ve been lucky enough to sing our anthem at two Major League Baseball games this summer,” Lisa notes. “I’m thinking the golf crowd might be a bit quieter than the ballparks,” she jokes. “But it’s Vegas – so who knows!”
Lisa’s current single, the attitude-infused “I Won’t Ask,” is moving up the Country charts, landing at #44 this week. The track is also spinning on Aol Radio’s “New Country First,” Slacker Radio’s “New Country First” Channel, “Ladies Of Country” Channel and Radio.com’s“Big Country” Channel. The companion video, shot in Austin, Texas, is currently in rotation on GACTV.com, CMT.com, CMT Pure!, ZUUS Country, ClubCom Network’s Country Reel, VideoDetective.com/IVA, Sidewalks TV, and additional outlets.
Matassa’s whirlwind summer kicked off with her CMA Music Festivaldebut, her Grand Ole Opry debut (during the celebration of the U.S. Postal Service’s limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp), and an appearance at the inaugural Taste of Country Festival in New York. This summer alone, Lisa has shared the stage with Lady Antebellum,Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, her “tweet buddies” The Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis. She continues with tour dates throughout the fall, including the “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO Show” November 22 in Nashville. She’ll wrap the year at home in New York with family and close friends.
Lisa’s social circle keeps on growing with nearly a half-million Twitter followers and almost 200,000 Facebook friends. Fans can learn more about Lisa on her website.
About Long Drivers of America: Long Drivers of America is a dynamic golf event company that specializes in producing events for long drive professionals. The company is owned and operated by long drive pioneer Art Sellinger. Founded in 1995 and based in Roanoke, Texas, LDA is best known for staging the annual RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship, the premier event in power golf. For more information visit www.longdrivers.com.
About Golf Channel: As the fastest-growing network on television, Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. The Golf Channel cable network, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes worldwide through cable, satellite and wireless companies. As part of the NBC Sports Group, professional golf coverage on NBC is branded “Golf Channel on NBC,” further extending the Golf Channel brand to NBC’s broadcast audiences. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, added to a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s best news, instruction and original shows. Golf Channel’s digital platform of businesses is led by www.GolfChannel.com, a leading golf destination on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf, as well as services that help the recreational player with how to play, what to play and where to play golf.
Source: So Much Moore Media
Rising Country Star Joanna Mosca To Open For LeAnn Rimes At The Paramount,November 21
“Joanna is an artist that can float from style to style and do so in a manner that sounds almost effortless … With music this good, I don’t see any reason why Mosca’s star won’t be on the rise.”
– Chuck Dauphin, Billboard.com/MNN
|Nashville, TN (October 24, 2013) – Rising Country star Joanna Mosca‘s voicehas been compared to those of Reba McEntire and Stevie Nicks, but her sound is truly unique – rich, warm, powerful, playful and inviting. She’ll bring that immediately identifiable voice to The Paramount (370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY) on Thursday, November 21 when she opens for superstar LeAnn Rimes. The prestigious Long Island venue will open its doors at 7 p.m.and the music starts at 8. Additional information and ticketing options for the KJOY Radio / NASH FM-sponsored show can be obtained by calling (631) 673-7300 or by logging on to http://paramountny.com.
The versatile singer/songwriter is currently riding high with her EP, LET IT ALL BEGIN. Produced by Grammy award-winning entertainer Bryan White, the disc’s release is a milestone in Joanna’s Country career. Highlights abound and include a masterful duet with one of Country’s most-heralded vocalists, LONESTAR’S Richie McDonald. The “country as dirt” “Where Does Good Love Go”is as sultry and seductive as a steamy summer night under the magnolias. Another stellar track is Joanna’s current chart-rising single,”I Guess That Says It All,” written by White, Travis Thibodaux and Steve Williams. Resonating with honest emotion and a wealth of heartache, the track is earning Joanna new fans both here and abroad, leading to recent magazine profiles in Maverick(UK), Country Pulse, Le Cri du Coyote (France), Strictly Country, Up Country(UK), Rivetting Riffs, Kountry Korral (Sweden)Country Entertainment USA, The North East (UK), Nashville Music Guide, Country Music + Dance (Scotland),Country Music Attitude (France) and I Am Entertainment.
Her previous single/video, “Dream On Savannah,” wowed the crowds at this year’s CMA Music Festival and the clip has enjoyed nearly 200,000 YouTube views to date. Directed by Steven Weaver (Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jeff Bates) of Revolution Pictures, the video was filmed in Nashville and can be seen on ZUUS Country, CMT.com, GACtv.com and Yallwire.com.
Joanna’s music career began with the release of three consecutive Top Ten FMQB AC Radio Chart singles between 2006 and 2008. In 2010 she released her first full-length album, JOANNA MOSCA, which contained six original tunes. The album’s first single “Keep On Going” shot onto the Billboard Top 30 AC Chart and earned her a spot on Music Connection magazine’s Top 100 Independent recording artists’ list. In 2012, Joanna was named “Who New To Watch” in CMA’s Close Up Magazine. Mosca was born in Connecticut but currently resides in New York where she has studied acting at the prestigious HB Studio in NYC with teachers who included Uta Hagen and Sir Anthony Hopkins. She has starred in a series of three one-woman shows in New York City that audiences and reviewers praised.
Get social with Joanna online at:
Source: Webster PR
“pure Nashville showbiz” – The West Australian 2011
“. . . nothing but mad love at her sold-out concert” – Herald Sun 2011
“All guns blazing for Dolly” – Sunday Mail 2011
Nashville, Tenn. (October 20, 2013) – Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON announces the Australian tour dates as part of the ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’ starting in February 2014. Parton returns to Australia after a widely successful 2011 tour. Dolly’s latest studio album of all new material “Blue Smoke” will be released worldwide on Dolly Records with a release date to be announced soon.
“Australia, here I come again. We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can’t wait to share it with you. I love my fans in that part of the world. You’ve been so very good to me for so many years and I know that we’re gonna have a wonderful time. It’s a long way f rom home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I’m right at home. So Australia, I’m coming home. Wait up!”
In 2011, Dolly continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career – The Better Day World Tour! During the 2011 tour, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people. Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.
Dolly fans get ready for an opportunity like none other! Dolly Parton is about to announce some very exciting news, and she thinks you’ll like what she has in store. New VIP packages are coming out for this upcoming tour that include access to Dolly’s personal wardrobe and instruments, a backstage tour, and an opportunity to meet Dolly. Keep your eyes peeled for these packages. You won’t want to miss out! For the latest VIP Experience updates, please visitwww.dollypartonmusic.net.
Tickets for all Australian shows go on sale at 9am Friday November 1. My Live Nation members can be among the first to access tickets during the exclusive pre- sale commencing 2pm Monday October 28. Sign up atwww.livenation.com.au
“Dolly had the audience eating out of her hands. One of the best live shows
I’ve been to in my life” – 2DAY FM Sydney 2011
“The 13,000 strong crowd were left speechless after their toes stopped tapping” – WA Today 2011
February 11th Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
February 15th Hunter Valley, Hope Estate Winery
February 18th Sydney, Entertainment Centre
February 21st Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
February 25th Adelaide, Entertainment Centre
February 27th Perth, Perth Arena
For all the latest tour, VIP Experience and ticketing information please visit
TICKETS ON SALE 9AM FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1
Fan Club pre-sale: midday October 25 until 5pm October 27
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.livenation.com.au
About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment is the world’s leading live entertainment and eCommerce company, comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Front Line Management Group and Live Nation Network. Ticketmaster.com is the global event ticketing leader and one of the world’s top five eCommerce sites, with over 26 million monthly unique visitors. Live Nation Concerts produces over 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists globally. Front Line is the world’s top artist management company, representing over 250 artists. These businesses power Live Nation Network, the leading provider of entertainment marketing solutions, enabling over 800 advertisers to tap into the 200 million consumers Live Nation delivers annually through its live event and digital platforms. For additional information, visit www.livenation.com/investors.
Source: Webster PR
“PLAYIN’ POSSUM! THE FINAL NO SHOW” HAS ADDED BRAD PAISLEY, MARTINA McBRIDE, LORETTA LYNN, RONNIE MILSAP, BIG & RICH, LEE ANN WOMACK, CRAIG MORGAN, THOMPSON SQUARE, BILL ANDERSON AND MEGADETH AS PERFORMERS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA
Nashville, Tenn. (October 8, 2013) – Today, Nancy Jones revealed additional talent for what would have been George Jones’ final concert appearance in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 22, 2013 but is now a tribute to the country music legend. In addition, “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO Show” has been dubbed the official name of the event.
“The evening of George Jones songs is going to be the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen,” says Nancy Jones. “We have many surprises planned, and I just wish George could be here to see what we are doing for him.”
The SOLD OUT tribute concert will feature performances by Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Big & Rich, Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson and rockers Megadeth. Previously announced performers include Kid Rock, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others.
“George Jones had a way of putting his finger right into your wounds and letting you know, ‘I understand. I know your pain.’ While ‘Wild Irish Rose,’ may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain. By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam Vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as “Rose” knows too well,” says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine.
George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” was on his farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour,” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely become standards for honky-tonk cover bands for years to come.
About George Jones
For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com
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These days my energy levels are so much better when I’m listening to music. I have a basic playlist I listen to regularly, to which I add a few different things from time to time.
Prior to becoming obsessed with all things Lynyrd Skynyrd, my playlists were eclectic and diverse and very large. The benefit of ripping CDs and filling up my MP3 player (and later my phone) was that my playlists could contain 1200 songs so that I could listen to music for days without hearing the same song over and over again.
There are some songs I can here on repeat without tiring of, but not as many as you would think. I stopped listening to the radio with the advent of CDs and when I joined BMG Music Club and Columbia House and could buy more CDs than I knew what to do with. I used that time to acquire more CDs than most people think I need. I love music and I love exploring new and old music, rediscovering classics and finding artists I hadn’t yet heard of. I love music, plain and simple. It’s the one thing I can’t go very long without.
The past couple of weeks have been those kind of weeks, I had gotten away from listening to my playlist or any music regularly, as sometimes happens when I get busy. I started to feel tired all the time and couldn’t figure out why. Other than a long weekend in Biloxi, Mississippi, my schedule hadn’t changed much at all. I tried an experiment this past week and discovered that part of why I felt tired and uninspired was the lack of music in my daily routine. It wasn’t that I forgot to turn it on, or I didn’t want to listen, I just get busy with work and home and dogs and cats and, well, life. Sometimes I don’t realize until it’s time for bed that I hadn’t turned on my music or playlist. Some days I am busy with co-workers and trying to figure out third grade math, that there just isn’t a chance to listen to music at all.
The horror of it all to think that in working in the music business, there are days where there isn’t time to listen to music. But, it happens and such is life. My experiment was to see that if I turned that playlist on again, if my energy levels would be better. Sure enough, while the music was playing (loudly), I had all the energy I needed to get through my day. It was the fuel I needed to supplement the fuel I consume for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The last thing I need to add back into my world is my exercise routine, which is a whole other story.
Back to the music, my playlist of late, in particular. I went back to my regular playlist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Blackfoot and Brantley Gilbert. That’s my main list. Depending on how I listen, via Rhapsody or via Amazon Cloud Player, I add Buddy Guy or Leroy Powell. My only problem is that some Blackfoot records aren’t on Rhapsody and while I have most of my music purchased as well, the bills have to come before I can buy every album under the sun. That’s why I love my Rhapsody subscription – you can try before you buy.
Back to my playlist. I started with my Rhapsody playlist which contains, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Blackfoot, Brantley Gilbert and Buddy Guy. There are about 280 songs on that playlist for a total of almost 20 hours of music. There’s another version with Leroy Powell on it that instead of Buddy Guy. Rhapsody limits the number of songs you can have on a playlist so I have to change it out and mix it up from time to time. My Amazon Cloud playlist has Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke, Leroy Powell, The Black Crowes and Brantley Gilbert at the moment. I’ve listened to both lists this week.
These are my go to artists for getting me through the day and putting a smile on my face. I’ve been listening to Leroy Powell and Blackberry Smoke for just over a year and I love both of them. I purchased their entire catalog and will rant and rave about them all day. Coincidentally, both are alumni of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise. They are both impossible to pin into just one genre, but both are worthy of all the attention they get.
The Leroy Powell albums I think you should listen to are the latest, Life and Death and The Snowblind Moonshone Deathride. They happen to be my favorite albums from his catalog. As for Blackberry Smoke, you should most definitely pick up their latest, The Whippoorwill. From there, get A Little Piece of Dixie.
If I use my Amazon Cloud Player, my playlist consists of my favorite Blackfoot albums, not available on Rhapsody, No Reservations, After the Reign, and Medicine Man. They were hard to find albums to begin with, but well worth the money and effort. If I’m on Rhapsody, I don’t have access to those albums, so it’s Strikes, Tomcattin’, Marauder, Siogo and Rick Medlocke and Blackfoot.
As for Lynyrd Skynyrd, they get the lion’s share of the playlist. It’s based around the 1991 Box Set, The Complete Muscle Shoals Album, Vicious Cycle Lyve, Live from Steeltown, Last of A Dyin’ Breed and God and Guns. There are more songs on one service as opposed to another. Again, the limits on the playlists determine how much of everything makes it to the playlist.
You’re probably wondering what good a 20 hour, 50 hour or 100 hour playlist would do. That is a good question. The answer is shuffle. When the playlist is shuffled I get a broad mix of music and can listen to the same playlist day after day without always hearing the same songs. There are always going to be repeats and there are multiple versions of the same song on a single playlist as well. You would, however, be surprised by how different the mix is everyday. Sometimes I hear songs I forgot were on the playlist. That’s why I make my lists so big.
Think of it as a radio station from about 30 years ago. While there was a Top 40 list that received the most plays, there was much more variety on the radio back in the day than there is now. They had vast catalogs of songs they could play. Spare the really popular songs, they would play a wide variety of artists and songs throughout the day. There were also multiple stations where I grew up, so I had all kinds of music to listen to when I changed the station. Back in those days we made our own mix tapes by recording them off the radio. My mixes were just as eclectic back then as they are now.
The only difference with now is that I’ve had 30 years to collect more music. Oh and this thing called the Internet happened. Now I can create the craziest playlists through my subscription with Rhapsody and take my purchased music collection and make even crazier lists. I can listen to what I want, when I want. So while I may be stuck on Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke and the like right now, at any given point I will put on Christina Aguilera, Aretha Franklin, Marty Stuart, Loretta Lynn, Louis Armstrong or whatever tickles my fancy at a particular moment.
I have another blog post in the works about what is and isn’t country or a particular genre in general, but my playlist always comes down to listening to the music that I want to listen to when I want to listen to it. I don’t listen to what I don’t like and I will rant and rave about what I do like. The plain and simple of it is that there are only two kinds of music – the kind you like and the kind you don’t. Maybe it’s time for genre based music and radio stations to be a thing of the past. Maybe we just need to go back to only a few genres and and not a thousand sub-genres and niches for artists to get lost in.
A lot of people will make the argument that the two kinds of music are good music and bad music. Well, in simple terms that’s true – but that varies from person to person. Not everyone will think alike. There are a few exceptions, or generalizations, that I can and probably will make from time to time, but it’s mostly just my opinion.
So what’s on my playlist right now is my go to, happy, get me through the day music. Tomorrow it could be all classical music or nothing but 80s hard rock. It’s mostly just whatever I’m in the mood for when it’s time to mix it up. I wholeheartedly admit I am addicted to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot, Blackberry Smoke and Leroy Powell. Adding in the new Buddy Guy and a couple of Black Crowes CDs I didn’t have, along with my favorite Brantley Gilbert tunes just makes it better. Each artist has its unique qualities, all similar in one way or another and just good stuff.