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Dierks Bentley “American Girl”

It was announced a few days ago that a Tom Petty Country Tribute album titled “Petty Country” featuring Country stars like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton and even some of the original Heartbreakers members which will be released on May 31st.

As a big Tom Petty and Country Music fan, I am pretty dang stoked about this!

Country star Dierks Bentley just released his version of “American Girl” ahead of the album release courtesy of BLMG and it’s really good:

Solid work!

I do love me some Dierks, and he definitely did the song justice.

He’s also hitting the road this year on his “Gravel and Gold” tour with Chase Rice and Zach Top, and you can get those dates at http://dierks.com

Again, “Petty Country” drops May 31st, and I can’t wait for more!

Here’s the full track listing just to get you ready:

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

Worst Lyrics in Classic Rock

One of my favorite websites- http://ultimateclassicrock.com– just compiled a list of the worst lyrics in Classic Rock, and it’s hard to argue it.

Here are the Top 10:

1. “Why Can’t This Be Love?”, Van Halen: “Only time will tell if we stand the test of time.”

2. “Don’t Stop Believin'”, Journey: “Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit.” (South Detroit doesn’t exist.)

3. “Roundabout”, Yes: “Mountains come out of the sky, and they stand there.”

4. “Sleeping Bag”, ZZ Top: “Let’s go out to Egypt ’cause it’s in the plan . . . we’ll whip out our mattress ’cause there ain’t no beds.”

5. “Dirty White Boy”, Foreigner: “I’m a loner, but I’m never alone.”

6. “A Horse with No Name”, America: “In the desert you can remember your name, ’cause there ain’t no one for to give you no pain.”

7. “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, The Police: “And when their eloquence escapes me, their logic ties me up and rapes me.”

8. “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, Billy Joel: “Rock and Roller, cola wars, I can’t take it anymore.” (A Coke and Pepsi rivalry frustrates him?)

9. “We Built This City”, Starship: “Who counts the money, underneath the bar, who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars?”

10. “Pinball Wizard”, The Who: “[He] plays by sense of smell.”


Yeah, they’re all pretty bad. But what about “Christine Sixteen” by KISS?

“I don’t usually say things like this to girls your age
But when I saw you coming out of school that day
(Christine sixteen)
That day I knew, I knew
I’ve got to have you, I’ve got to have you

She’s been around, but she’s young and clean
I’ve got to have her, can’t live without her, whoa no”


Or what about Winger’s “Seventeen”?

“She said, “I’m only seventeen (Seventeen)
I’ll show you love like you’ve never seen”, oh
She’s only seventeen (Seventeen)
Daddy says she’s too young
But she’s old enough for me

Or… the creepiest song on the planet, “Into the Night” by Benny Mardones?

What the actual hell?

Does that qualify as Classic Rock?

Probably not. But I wanted to mention anyway, since it always gave me the creeps, and I’m still shocked it gets played on radio stations to this day.

Check out the full list here: https://ultimateclassicrock.com/worst-rock-lyrics/


Got any to add?



Rolling Stones Feat. Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder “Sweet Sounds of Heaven”

I have been waiting on this drop for weeks since I heard it was going to happen.

The Rolling Stones have teamed up with Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder for a song called “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” and it’ll take you to church whether you’re a believer or not!

Duddddeee… I was NOT expecting that. But I like it. A lot.

Mick sounds great, as does Gaga (always!) and Stevie tickling the ivories… definitely adding this one to the playlist!

Of course, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven” is off their upcoming album “Hackney Diamonds” out October 20th.

I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for more.

Rolling Stones for Life!

Worst Classic Rock Covers EVER

UltimateClassicRock.com just out out a list of the “Worst Classic Rock Covers” and some of these are pretty spot on.

Here’s the list in no particular order:


1.  “Dancing in the Street”,  Mick Jagger and David Bowie


2.  “Purple Haze”,  The Cure



3.  “Fortunate Son”,  U2



4.  “What’s Going On”,  Cyndi Lauper


5.  “Big Yellow Taxi”, Counting Crows


6.  “Faith”, Limp Bizkit


7.  “Behind Blue Eyes”,  Limp Bizkit

Ok, real talk. I actually liked that version. Feel free to hate me.


8.  “American Pie”,  Madonna

9.  “My Generation”,  Hilary Duff

10.  “Imagine”,  Avril Lavigne



One that is missing… remember when Mariah Carey covered Def Leppard’s “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak”? Whhyyyyy???

Oh, and can I put an unpopular opinion out there?

Britney covering The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction” gave me LIFEEEE when I was in college.

Whatever. You loved it, too.

Check out the full article at https://ultimateclassicrock.com/terrible-classic-rock-covers/

Axl Rose and Carrie Underwood Rocking Out!

I’m really envious of Carrie Underwood.

Not just those pipes and those legs, but getting to perform with Axl Rose (One of my Rock Idols) several times recently? I mean, DAMN, girl.


I love that Carrie has this side of her. I always wrote her off as a prissy girly-girl, but damn can she rock.  Turns out she’s a big fan of Classic Rock and metal, and she can certainly deliver the goods.

It’s really cool to see the “other” side of Carrie.  This combined with her love of fitness and red wine, well, hot damn, maybe we can be friends after all!  She’s been gaining some serious cool points with me lately.


Oooohhhh… maybe a Rock album is in her future?

I would support the fire out of that.


Are These Journey’s Best Songs?

Billboard just released their list of the Top 10 Journey songs ever.

It goes as follows:

9  “Escape” (Escape, 1981)

8  “Of a Lifetime” (Journey, 1975)

7  “Faithfully” (Frontiers, 1983)

6  “Ask the Lonely” (single, 1983)

5  “Who’s Crying Now” (Escape, 1981)

4  “Feeling That Way” (Infinity, 1978)

3  “Just the Same Way” (Evolution, 1979)

2  “Don’t Stop Believin'” (Escape, 1981)

1  “Stone in Love” (Escape, 1981)

Full article here: 

I’m a big Journey fan, and being so, I must disagree.

Where’s “Separate Ways”? Or “Lights”? “Wheel in the Sky”?  “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin'”?  Or their biggest seller “Open Arms”?

Billboard, put down the crack pipe and add those babies in!


Here’s my Top Ten:

10: “Feeling That Way”

9:  “Wheel in the Sky”

8: “Open Arms”

7: “Lovin’, Touchin’ Squeezin'”

6: “Anyway You Want It”

5: “Lights”

4: “Separate Ways”

3: “Stone in Love”

2: “Don’t Stop Believing”

1: “Faithfully”

Of course, these are just my personal choices, as I’m sure the Billboard article is based on the same thing.

What are your Top 10 Journey songs?