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October 2023

The Mudpuddles “Lake Beach”

In case you missed it… on “Saturday Night Live”, there was a skit with comedian Nate Bargatze and SNL cast members making fun of Country Music with a song called “Lakebeach” sung by a band called “The MudPuddles”.

I snorted coffee up my nose I laughed so damn hard, and I may now have to go to the ER.

This is freaking GOLD.

Anyone who grew up in the Country knows about the damn Lake Beach.

For me, it was Piney Lake in West Tennessee.

Don’t knock the damn Lake Beach until you’ve tried it, ok?

Also, how awesome is Dave Grohl in the sketch?

Seriously, I had to watch this seven times already, and it’s so perfect and hilarious. Only because it’s 1,000% true.

God Bless Lake Beaches and Country Music!

The Foo Fighters on SNL

Last night, one of my favorite bands ever in existence- The Foo Fighters- took the stage as the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live”.

As per usual, they freaking slayed it.

I LOVE that they were joined by H.E.R. for this song. She’s incredible.

Also, mad props to Christopher Walken for introducing them properly this time. Anyone remember this from 20 years ago?

Memory Lane, man.

I’m honestly just happy to see the Foos keeping it going so string after the devastating loss of Taylor Hawkins.  I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to take the stage each time without him.

Way to keep on keeping on.

I know they have a big 2024 ahead, and I’m just excited to see what they do next.


Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, and The Fisk Jubilee Singers “Love Can Build a Bridge”

Yesterday, “A Tribute to the Judds” was released, which is what it sounds like – a tribute to the iconic Country duo The Judds.

There are so many fantastic tributes and collaborations on this album, as I had expected. I mean, here’s the track listing… you can’t go wrong with any of these:

Mama He’s Crazy
Dolly Parton, Lainey Wilson
Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain
Ashley McBryde, Shelly Fairchild
Love Can Build a Bridge
Jelly Roll, K. Michelle, Fisk Jubilee Singers
Love Is Alive
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton
Why Not Me
Megan Moroney
Young Love (Strong Love)
Jamey Johnson, Ella Langley
Let Me Tell You About Love
Carl Perkins, Raul Malo
I Know Where I’m Going
Shelby Lynne, Mandy Barnett, Emily West
Girls Night Out
Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, …
Have Mercy
LeAnn Rimes
Grandpa (Tell Me ’Bout the Good Old Days)
Cody Johnson, Sonya Isaacs
Cry Myself to Sleep
Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd
John Deere Tractor
Molly Tuttle, Trey Hensley, Rob Ickes
Had a Dream (for the Heart)
Wendy Moten, O.N.E The Duo
1,000 % YES to ALL of IT!
One song that’s getting a lot of attention is Jelly Roll with K. Michelle and The Fisk Jubilee Singers version of “Love Can Build a Bridge”.
As it should:

Well, that just took me to church this morning.

Seriously, I am really loving Jelly Roll more and more as an artist.  His voice is just damn….

I am absolutely loving this tribute album.

More info at http://thejudds.com

Oh, and here’s the OG version of “Love Can Build a Bridge”, just to remind you of how FIRE The Judds were:

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton “Mama He’s Crazy”

Ahhhhh!  I’ve been waiting on this one for a while.

This morning, The Judds Tribute album “A Tribute to The Judds” came out, and I have been waiting for this collab.

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton on a classic like “Mama He’s Crazy”?


And, of course, it didn’t disappoint at ALL.

You don’t get better than that. No arguments, ok?

The full album “A Tribute to The Judds” is out now! So many amazing tributes by some of Country’s best on there.

More info at https://www.thejudds.com/

Kelly Clarkson “When It Comes to You”

Well, dang.

Kelly Clarkson has gone and done it again.

Now that her “Kelly Clarkson Show” show is back on the air, she’s going all kinds of viral for her “Kellyoke” songs, where she covers a random song on each show.

Well, she decided to cover a Cody Johnson song this week, so of course, being a CoJo fan, I had to give it a listen.

Ommmgggg… she just nailed it. Like, right through the board.

I tell no lies.

By the way, Cody Johnson has a new double album called “Leather” dropping next Friday, Nov 3rd, and you know I’ll be sharing gems from that!

You know what would really be cool, though?

A Kelly Clarkson Country Covers album.

Ya know???

It kind of needs to happen.


Snoop Dogg, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly “Boats and Hoes”

Snoop Dogg celebrated his 52nd Birthday in epic fashion over the weekend, which included a performance with “Stepbrothers” co-stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly of the movie classic “Boats and Hoes”.

Will Ferrell truly is the songbird of his generation.

And if you’re scratching your head as to why this is a thing at all, or what the revelance is, please, let me enlighten you:

If you haven’t seen “Stepbrothers”, please rectify that immediately, ok?

You’ll thank me later.

To this day, I will randomly yell out “Boats and Hoes” if I’m really excited about something.  I’m that mature.

But whoever laughs and gets it is obviously in the cool kids club.

Maybe you’ll get invited to the next Catalina Wine Mixer. You never know.

Robert Plant Singing “Stairway to Heaven” for the First Time in 16 Years!

Well, this made my week already.

Robert Plant- the legendary former frontman of Led Zeppelin- sang “Stairway to Heaven” for the first time in 16 years at a charity event over the weekend. It was a part of “An Evening With Andy Taylor and Special Guests” that took place in England, and all I can say is that Robert still has it!

Check it out:

Oooooohhhh… I got mad chills with that.

By the way, the last time Robert sang this song publicly was back in 2007 at the 02 Arena in London.
He still sounds amazing. What a freaking icon.

Now can we PLEASE get a Led Zeppelin reunion? For the love of all things good on this planet???

The Top 500 Pop Songs of All Time

In honor of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart’s 65th Anniversary, Billboard decided to make a comprehensive list of the Best 500 Pop Songs of All Time.

Basically, the true Pop songs that embody the genre, and stand the test of time.

Here’s the Top 10:

#10: The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

I mean, it’s The Beatles.
So, duh.

#9: TuPac and Dr. Dre, “California Love”

Ok, I do love this song. Top 10, though???? Maybe Top 50.

All I know is as soon as I hear the opening “California Lovvvvvveeee”, I go back to my wannabe bad teenage self.

#8: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

If you say you don’t love this song, you’re lying. It’s pure, mindless Pop perfection.

#7: Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”

It’s the bass line for me. Flipping glorious.

#6: Madonna, “Like a Prayer”

I LOVE Madonna. But Imma have to disagree with this one. While a good song, for sure, out of her entire catalogue, this is the one they put in the Top 10? Not “Vougue”? Not “Get Into the Groove”? Or even “Open Your Heart”?
Nope. I’m not down with this choice. Sorry, Billboard.

#5: Kelly Clarkson, “Since U Been Gone”

This song was THE anthem in the Mid-2000’s. So, yeah, totally get it.

#4: Backstreet Boys, “I Want it That Way”

Ok, first off, I was always #TeamNsync, so the Backstreet Boys were always second-tier in my teenage heart. Also, this is possibly their worst song and video. Does anyone even know what this song is about? Because the lyrics have always befuddled me. Also, “You Are My Fire, My One Desire” has to be the cheesiest opening line in Pop.

Seriously, N’Sync’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” should be in this spot.

I will fall on this sword.

#3: The Tempations, “My Girl”

I can’t argue this one. Total classic.

#2: ABBA, “Dancing Queen”

I mean, it’s a great Pop song, but #2? I think that’s stretching. Another Top 50 qualifier to me.


#1: Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

Ok, I have to agree with this one!

80’s Pop was next level. And this song is still being played in heavy rotation and immediately makes people smile and badly attempt hitting high notes. Myself included.

It always makes me think of riding shotgun in my mother’s car as a kid, and singing with this song. My mother LOVED this song, and it always makes me think of her.

Maybe that is what makes a Pop song a classic. The way it puts you right back into a positive memory.

Here’s the full Top 500 according to Billboard:

What do you think?

Is Whitney #1?

What song would be your choice?





Kelly Clarkson and Alanis Morrisette on “The Kelly Clarkson Show”

Just in case you missed it this past week, Alania Morrissette was a guest on “The Kelly Clarkson Show”, and they did a few duets (naturally), and it was glorious.

I mean, really, how could it not be?

Did you get chills, too?

Also, how AMAZING is Kelly looking? Damn, girl. Get it!

Anyhow, being a huge Alanis fan growing up, and being of the same generation as Kelly Clarkson, I was absolutely loving all of it.

Seriously, Kelly is slaying it more than ever these days.  I love seeing women kill it in the industry, and prove that they can do it all.

Kudos to her and Alanis.

Dolly Parton feat. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

As you probably know by now, Dolly Parton’s rock cover album “Rockstar” is coming on November 17th, and she’s been dropping tracks off it at random. This one I have been waiting for a while…

Dolly covering her GodDaughter’s smash hit “Wrecking Ball” with Miley on the track.

Yep. I’m so here for it.

Sorry if you were expecting Dolly naked on a Wrecking Ball. Maybe next year.

But seriously, I don’t think there is anything that Dolly can’t sing.

“Rockstar” drops November 17th, and you can check out the full tracklisting at http://dollyparton.com