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George Strait Covers Tom Petty’s “You Wreck Me”

This past Friday, a musical treat dropped known as “Petty Country”- a Country Music tribute to the late, great Tom Petty.

I’m a big Tom Petty fan, so, naturally, I was pretty jazzed about this.

A few stellar covers by Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton and Lainey Wilson with Wynonna Judd have already been released. We got the rest of the tracks on Friday with the full album, and here are some of my personal favorites:

First off, you can’t go wrong with george Strait. That’s just a fact of life:

Also, Midland, one of my favorite Country bands did a badass cover of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”:

Or… how about The Eli Young Band covering one of my favorite Tom Petty tunes “Learning to Fly”?:

I have always said that the Eli Young Band has so many musical parallels with Tom Petty’s style, especially with “Even if it Breaks Your Heart”, so it wasn’t a stretch to see them nail one of Petty’s best.

Seriously, it’s a super cool tribute to Tom Petty, and I’m sure he would have heartily approved.

Here’s the full track listing:

  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 & 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
  20. “You Wreck Me (Live)” by George Strait

“Petty Country” is available now at

George Strait “The Little Things”

George Strait can do no wrong in my opinion.

And he just solidified that with his new song “The Little Things”.

It just came out this morning, and it’s classic George:


What a great Country song. It sounds like something George would have released in the 90’s and would have been #1 with.

It’s also a good reminder about what life is really all about- not the big things- but the magical little things in between everything else.

Like right now, my toddler trying to pull my glasses off while I type and my Husky laying on my feet.

That’s the good stuff, right there.

George Strait’s new album “Cowboys and Dreamers” is out September 9th, and you can get info, as well as tour dates at https://georgestrait.com/

All hail the KING!

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

 

Happy FRIDAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Strait and Chris Stapleton “Honky Tonk Hall of Fame”

Oh, Happy Day!

Last night, George Strait hit the stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and debuted a new song with his tourmate- the badassery that is Chris Stapleton- called “Honky Tonk Hall of Fame”.

And, of course, it’s REAL Country perfection:

This song makes me want a beer real bad.

I cannot wait to hear the actual studio recording of it! I mean, can you get better than George Strait and Chris Stapleton?

No.

No, you can’t.

Oh, and George also announced his long-awaited studio album called “Cowboys and Dreamers” and that it will be out “soon”.

Well, soon isn’t soon enough!

In the meantime, you can catch the legend along with Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town on the road- get dates and info at https://georgestrait.com/
2024 is shaping up to be a great year for Country music!

 

Are These the Best Male Country Singers of All Time?

A few weeks ago, Studyfinds.com compiled a list of the Best Female Country Singers, and they nailed it! Dolly Parton was #1, and I don’t think anyone can argue that!

Studyfinds.com just followed up with a list of the Best Male Country Singers, and it’s pretty spot on as well.

At least the Top 3 are.

Although, I think Kenny Chesney (no disrespect to him) could have been replaced by a more legendary singer like George Jones…

1. George Strait
With over 70 million records sold, George Strait is one of the most successful country singers of all time. He’s had 44 number one hits and has won numerous awards. “Throughout his music career which spans for more than 30 years, Strait holds 60 No. 1 singles, more than any other artist in any genre. He amassed 33 platinum, 13 multi-platinum and 38 gold albums, more than any country artist and third across all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley.”

“He is the only performer in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for over three decades.”

Also, he’s freaking GEORGE STRAIT.

2. Garth Brooks

Garth is another legend in the business.
According to studyfinds:

“Since the release of his debut album, “Garth Brooks”, in 1989, Brooks has made a practice of taking risks and defying the rules, jamming his hands into all sorts of star-maker machinery and seeing exactly how far he can go: for example, writing ‘The Thunder Rolls,’ a song about a man who cheats on his wife, and making a video for it that shows not only the husband’s torrid affair but his violent comeuppance. In Nashville, where newcomers are practically issued handbooks on the accepted ways of doing business — which means playing it safe — that’s living dangerously indeed.”

“Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. Garth Brooks still continues to sell well and according to Nielsen Soundscan, his album sales through the end of 2009 are at 68,363,000, which makes him the best-selling albums artist in the United States in the SoundScan era, a title held since 1991, well over 7 million ahead of his nearest rival, The Beatles.”

Garth is life, ya’ll. I’m here for this choice, too.

 

3. Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson, was actually my introduction to Country music when my family  moved to TN when I was a kid.

“Chattahoochie” anyone???

According to Studyfinds.com, Alan Jackson has had a successful career spanning several decades, with over 50 million records sold. He’s known for his traditional country sound and has won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards.

Britannica mentions his high pedigree, “A traditionalist in his musical approach, Jackson became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1991, and he acknowledged his roots in 1999 on Under the Influence, an album featuring his interpretations of songs by artists such as Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, and Gene Watson. Jackson also recorded with Jones, George Strait, Randy Travis, and Jimmy Buffett, among others.”

 

4. Tim McGraw

I do love me some Tim McGraw, and he comes in at #4 in the study.

Tim McGraw has been a mainstay in country music since the 1990s, with over 80 million records sold. He’s known for his powerful vocals and has won multiple awards throughout his career.   “With hits like ‘Indian Outlaw’ and ‘I Like It,’ Tim McGraw quickly established himself as one of the country music industry’s rising stars in the mid-’90s. It is the best thing to do. Playing to his sensitive side in order to maintain his career was an important aspect of his upbringing. When it comes to dependability, it is clear that McGraw stands out as one of the country’s best.”

Me, I’m still trying to figure if “Indian Outlaw” is considered Cultural Appropriaton these days. (I kid!)

 

5. Kenny Chesney

Kenny Chesney was actually my first concert when I was 12! (Heyo MidSouth Fair 4-H Trip!)

Love him as an artist, and he’s a great live performer… but #5? Questionable.

Here’s what the study says…

“Kenny Chesney is a much celebrated country music singer from America. Out of the 16 albums he has released so far, 14 have received gold certificate or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Over 40 of his songs have been included in the top 10 singles on the Hot Country Songs list of US Billboard. 28 songs have even reached number one. After selling more than 30 million albums across the globe, he has become one of the most successful cross-over country artists till date.”
He finds himself very close to the stop of the country music world as Forbes says, “Eight leaders on the Billboard 200 certainly advances his own personal standing, but he is still stuck in second place when it comes to the most No. 1 albums on the all-genre listing when looking only at country artists. He remains just one chart-topper behind Garth Brooks, who, so far, cannot be beaten when it comes to ruling the charts.”

Check out the full study here

Who do you think should have made the list?