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May 2024

The Best Country Songs of All Time

“Rolling Stone” Magazine just released their list of the “Best Country Songs of All Time”.

This is JUST according to “Rolling Stone”, and to be honest, I don’t always agree with their opinions on music, but this list isn’t as terrible as some of their past lists (and that’s just MY opinion).

Here is their Top 10:


1.  Jolene” by Dolly Parton:

Personally, this isn’t my favorite Country song- as really, Dolly should be more mad at her man and NOT Jolene, but it’s undeniably a classic, and is deserving of the top spt.

Also, it’s Dolly.

She pretty much wins life.



2.  “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash:

No arguments here.



3.  “Crazy” by Patsy Cline:

Patsy was just incredible. To me, she is one of the all time greats. The emotion she puts into her voice, and her entire catalogue is perfection.


4.  “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams:

You really can’t have a list of Country All-Time greats without Hank, am I right?


5. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones:

One of the saddest songs of all time… which is perfect to round ou the Top 5.

Also, people complain about Morgan Wallen’s antics, but he has nothing on George, Hank, Johnny, Willie, Waylon, and a majority of the Country greats. Those guys were hot messes. Legends, but also hot messes.

You can’t argue me on this one.



6. “You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles:

Well, that’s random…

Why not “Georgia on My Mind”?



7.  “Standing on the Corner: Blue Yodel No. 9” by Jimmie Rogers:

Well, that’s a throwback for sure!


8.  “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette:

Funnily enough, Tammy was married 5 times…

Also, this song is bad advice considering that some men don’t need stood by.



9. “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard:

This one will always rank as one of my favorites!



10. Amarillo by Morning” by George Strait:

Oooooohhh… George Strait is always a winner.

Although, I’d switch this out with “This is Where the Cowboy Rides Away”.

Actually, if the entire Top 10 was George Strait songs, I’d be fine with it.


Check out the full list of the 200 Best Country Songs of all time here: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-country-songs-1234986540/

Why is Beyonce on that list, though?

Oh, right, because “Rolling Stone”.

What do you thnk?

What would be YOUR choice for the “Best Country Song of All Time”?

Best Wrong Answer Ever!

I love “Wheel of Fortune”.

This is how I know I have reached Peak Middle Age.

The Wheel followed by “Jeopardy”. A typical weeknight in my household because, well, America.
And last night’s episode was one for the books…

I still cannot stop laughing at this.

”Right in the butt!”


My week has just been made.

God bless Tavaris.


Are These The Best Albums of All Time?

Apple Music released their list of the “Top 100 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and it’s causing a bit of a stir.

Now, this is just their opinion, and not based on any actual data.

But still, very interesting to see what Apple Music thinks rates.

Here are the Top 20:


1.  “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”,  Lauryn Hill


2.  “Thriller”,  Michael Jackson


3.  “Abbey Road”,  The Beatles


4.  “Purple Rain”,  Prince and The Revolution


5.  “Blonde”,  Frank Ocean


6.  “Songs in the Key of Life”,  Stevie Wonder


7.  “good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Edition)”,  Kendrick Lamar


8.  “Back to Black”,  Amy Winehouse


9.  “Nevermind”,  Nirvana


10.  “Lemonade”,  Beyoncé


11.  “Rumours”,  Fleetwood Mac


12.  “OK Computer”,  Radiohead


13.  “The Blueprint”,  Jay-Z


14.  “Highway 61 Revisited”,  Bob Dylan


15.  “21”,  Adele


16.  “Blue”,  Joni Mitchell


17.  “What’s Going On”,  Marvin Gaye


18.  “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”,  Taylor Swift


19.  “The Chronic”,  Dr. Dre


20.  “Pet Sounds”,  The Beach Boys


Check out the full list here:https://100best.music.apple.com/us


What album do you think is the best of all time?

What do you think makes a great album?

I honestly feel that it is impossible to make that call, as music is so personal. What may be a great album to one person could be complete trash to another.

Also, why isn’t “Dark Side of the Moon” in the Top 5?

Also, where are the Country albums?

So many questions…



Post Malone “Never Love You Again”

Just in case you missed it, Post Malone performed at the 2024 ACM Awards last week, and debuted his new Country song “Never Love You Again” and it’s got me all kinds of excited for his upcoming Country album.

If you’ve been doubting Posty as a Country artist, just check this out:

Dannngggg son…

Poat Malone has the chops for sure, and he’s one of the Pop artists that I am TOTALLY ok with coming over to the Country side.

His yet unnamed Country album will be out later on this year.

Seriously cannot wait!


Wynonna Judd and Lainey Wilson “Refugee”

We’re getting closer to the release of the Tom Petty Country tribute album “Petty Country”, and to get us ready, Wynonna Judd just released her verison of “Refugee” with Lainey Wilson!

Of course, it’s fantastic.

Really, how could it not be?

I absolutely LOVE that! I’m sure Tom Petty would approve.

The mix of their voices is perfect- Wynonna still has it, and Lainey’s unmistakable twang just adds the punch this version needs.

Here’s the full tracklist of “Petty Country”:

  1. “I Should Have Known It” by Chris Stapleton
  2. “Wildflowers” by Thomas Rhett
  3. “Runnin’ Down A Dream” by Luke Combs 
  4. “Southern Accents” by Dolly Parton
  5. “Here Comes My Girl” by Justin Moore
  6. “American Girl” by Dierks Bentley
  7. “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Lady A
  8. “I Forgive It All” by Jamey Johnson
  9. “I Won’t Back Down” by Brothers Osborne
  10. “Refugee” by Wynonna Judd feat. Lainey Wilson
  11. “Angel Dream No. 2” by Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson
  12. “Learning To Fly” by Eli Young Band
  13. “Breakdown” by Ryan Hurd feat. Carly Pearce
  14. “Yer So Bad” by Steve Earle
  15. “Ways To Be Wicked” by Margo Price feat. Mike Campbell
  16. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” by Midland
  17. “Free Fallin’” by The Cadillac Three feat. Breland
  18. “I Need To Know” by Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
  19. “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Rhiannon Giddens feat. Silkroad Ensemble and Benmont Tench
  20. “You Wreck Me (Live)” by George Strait


Ok, you know you’re excited.

“Petty Country” will be available My 31st.



Skid Row and Lzzy Hale ROCK the Stage!

Yessss… I’ve been waiting for this!

Recently it was announced that Skid Row’s lead singer Erik Gronwall was leaving the band. They had tour dates to do, so they need a fill in, so… enter the Rock Goddess Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

Sounds to good to be true, right?

Nope. She is legit filling in until they get a new lead singer.

Last night was her first show with the band at Walker’s Bluff Casino Resort in Carterville, Illinois, and they brought the huse down.

I’m a huge Lzzy fan, as she is just incredibly talented, and has really paved the way for more badass women in Rock.  I was really excited to see her covering all the Skid Row live, and of course, she didn’t disappoint.

I mean, it’s Lzzy Hale.

Check out her cover of “18 & Life”:


Oh, and of course, you can’t have a Skid Row concert without the power ballad “I Remember You”:

Yup. Killed it.

That is an incredibly hard song to sing, and that last vocal run is nearly impossible to nail. Sebastian Bach- the OG lead singer of Skid Row- may be a bit of a hot mess, but dude had the pipes.

If there’s anyone who can handle it, it’s definitely Lzzy.

Lzzy will be filling in for a few more dates, and you can find out more at https://loudwire.com/skid-row-setlist-video-lzzy-hale/

Can she just be the permanent replacement?


Greatest Rock Duets in History Ranked!


One of my favorite websites http://ultimateclassicrock.com just released their ranking of the Top 30 Rock Duets of all time.

Here’s the Top 10:


1.  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”,  Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell  (1967)


2.  “Walk This Way”,  Aerosmith and Run-DMC  (1986)


3.  “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”,  Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty  (1981)


4.  “Under Pressure”,  Queen and David Bowie  (1981)


5.  “Battle of Evermore”,  Led Zeppelin and Sandy Denny  (1971)


6.  “I Got You Babe”,  Sonny & Cher  (1965)

7.  “Hunger Strike”,  Temple of the Dog  (1991)  (Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell)



8.  “The Sound of Silence”,  Simon & Garfunkel  (1964)


9.  “Fairytale of New York”,  The Pogues and Kristy MacColl  (1987)


10.  “Just the Two of Us”,  Bill Withers and Grover Washington Jr.  (1980)


Check out the rest of the Top 30 at https://ultimateclassicrock.com/greatest-rock-duets/
I think that Sonny and Cher and Simon & Garfunkle shouldn’t get to count as they’re already established duos. If that’s the case, then why isn’t Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” on the list? Because this song is still a freaking jam:

What is your favorite Rock duet? Is there anything that should be on the list?

HARDY “Psycho”

In case you’ve been under a rock or something, HARDY is ne of the biggest names in Country right now, and moonlights as a Rock singer as well. He had his first #1 on Mainstream Rock last year with “Jack”, and it was one of my favrite songs of 2023:

HARDY is not only continuing to dominate the Country world, but is getting full on into Rock as well. He announced his first full-length Rock album “Quit!” which will be released on July 12th.

To get you ready for it, he just released his new song “Psycho” today, and I’m digging both the song and the video:

This song reminds me of an ex or two.

I mean, that’s kind of scary, but at least it’s relateable?

I know there’s some complaints about genre-crossing artists, but I’m really enjoying the dual musical stylings of artists like HARDY, Jelly Roll and Chris Stapleton.

Who says you have to stay in your lane?

I never really subscribed to that notion.

HARDY has a full rest f 2024 ahead, and you can get info, dates, and more at https://hardyofficial.com/

George Strait “MIA Down in MIA”

Well, this was a happy surprise last night.

THE KING George Strait just released his new song “MIA Down in MIA” last night during the ACM Awards, and it’s pure George Strait Country Perfection:

Yes. All the yes. You can NEVER go wrong with King George. I am so glad to have new music from him! Makes my little Country loving heart happy.

It’s a perfect Summer Country song. I can definitely see some beer and margarita drinking being done to this.

The single is off of his upcoming album “Cowboys and Dreamers” due out later this year.

Also, be on the lookout for track listing at CowboysDreamers.com

And, of course, the KING is on the road this year with Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town.

Check dates at Georgestrait.com


















































































































































































“Wicked” Official Trailer

Ok, this looks like it could actually be really cool.

The “Wicked” movie trailer just dropped, and it looks pretty dang cool.

Of course, the movie is based on the popular Broadway musical which I love… if you’re not familiar, it’s about how the Wicked Witch came to be… and it’s a classic.

The movie stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda, and it’s looking promising:

I’m a total musical nerd, and this has me just a wee bit excited.

Say what you will about Ariana Grande, girlfriend is MEGA talented. Like, woah.

“Wicked” hits theaters November 26th, just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Hopefully it fares better than the movie adaptation of “Cats”.