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For once in my life, I'm happy about multiple Grammy nominations! (Seriously, this NEVER happens!) Some of my favorite artists and albums and songs this year actually got nominated. Like these:
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Hodgepodge

Nov. 6th, 2014 11:02 am
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--Luke Bryan, who sounds like a Muppet with adenoids, wins CMA Entertainer of the Year, and Chris Young, with the most gorgeous voice in the business, gets no CMA nominations at all. Such is the state of country music.
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It was a weak year for country music, my friends. A weak, weak year. I won't go into all the reasons again -- you've heard me rant about 'em often enough (and you can click on my country music tag if you want to revisit the rants). All I'll say is, I had to search hard just to find 20 songs for this list. There were some good songs released this year, even some great songs . . . but there weren't very many.

Let's hope 2014 is better.

Same rules as always: Where I can't choose between an artist's singles, I list them as a tie. For the first time ever, there's a tie for first place. I really do like this Hayes kid -- he's a bright spot in a musical landscape that doesn't have very bright spots right now.

(Note: The video for #18 is a little racy.)

20. The Heart of Dixie, Danielle Bradbery
19. Sunny and 75, Joe Nichols
18. That Girl, Jennifer Nettles
17. Better, Maggie Rose
16. It Ain't the Whiskey, Gary Allan
15. Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker
14. You Can't Make Old Friends, Kenny Rogers feat. Dolly Parton
13. I Believe, George Strait
12. When I See This Bar, Kenny Chesney
11. Little Bit of Everything, Keith Urban
10. Goodbye Town, Lady Antebellum
9. Highway Don't Care, Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
8. Stripes, Brandy Clark
7. Bruises, Train feat. Ashley Monroe
6. Done., The Band Perry
5. Little Bit Gypsy, Kellie Pickler
4. Aw Naw, Chris Young
3. Mama's Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert
    I Want Crazy, Hunter Hayes
1. Everybody's Got Somebody but Me, Hunter Hayes feat. Jason Mraz
litlover12: (CY)
(This is cross-posted from the Pulse Country board.)

I think I'm going to have to name "Hold You to It" as my favorite on this one; that melody is INFECTIOUS. I was humming it for hours. :-) Second place, "Goodbye" -- that gorgeous piano part in the first verse nearly made me faint dead away. (You can always get me with a good piano part!) Third place, "Forgiveness," which has a very good, fresh-sounding lyric, and fourth place, "Text Me Texas."

Least favorite: "A.M." It had that "this is going to turn into a riding-with-a-hot-girl-in-my-truck song any second now" vibe, though thankfully, it never quite got there.

This is not my favorite Chris album -- that would still be Neon. But it's a good effort that shows off his voice beautifully. For all the need to put in more party songs -- and I begrudgingly admit that he has to do that right now -- I'm thankful that he still knows how to write and to pick songs that showcase his voice, because that is far and away his strongest asset. And he still manages to hang onto that image of a guy who's just a little bit old-fashioned and charming, which is also one of his assets. It's the thing (besides his voice) that I've liked about him from the beginning. Long may it last!

[Ed. note: I nearly wrote "when 'dimwitted leering redneck' is currently the desirable male image being pushed by the industry, long may Chris's image last!" But they have a rule over there about not insulting singers in threads that aren't even about them. Probably a good thing. ;-) ]
litlover12: (CY)
I've taken my own sweet time getting to this, haven't I? I don't know what it is, but I've been a little behind on everything, ever since Christmas break. I think my brain stayed on vacation without me.

Anyway -- for the new folks, here are the 2011, 2010, and 2009 lists. (It's taken me how many years to actually make a tag for this? Maybe I've been behind for longer than I thought.) Same rules as last year: Where I couldn't choose between two of an act's songs, I put them in as ties. This year, for the first time, we have an unprecedented three-way tie. What can I say, Rascal Flatts had a really good year!

(Also, wow, do we need more women in country music.)

So here we go, from #20 up to #1:

20. Fly Over States, Jason Aldean
19. Hard to Love, Lee Brice
18. Somebody's Heartbreak, Hunter Hayes
17. You Go Your Way, Alan Jackson
16. Even If It Breaks Your Heart, Eli Young Band
15. Better than I Used to Be, Tim McGraw
14. The One That Got Away, Jake Owen
13. For You, Keith Urban
12. Tornado, Little Big Town
11. Why Ya Wanna, Jana Kramer
10. Did It for the Girl, Greg Bates
9. Lovin' You Is Fun, Easton Corbin
(tie) Changed
      Banjo
6.   Come Wake Me Up, Rascal Flatts
(tie) Postcard from Paris
4.    Better Dig Two, The Band Perry
3. Too Good to Be True, Edens Edge
2. I Can Take It from There, Chris Young
1. Find Me a Baby, Josh Turner

Runners-up:

Better in a Black Dress, Katie Armiger
Sound of a Million Dreams, David Nail

Honorable Mention: Pistol Annies were going to release Takin' Pills as a single, but for some reason it never happened. However, they would have made the list if they had. So here's their video for the song.

And there always manages to be a song that my dad and I claim as our special song for the year. This year's is Banjo by Rascal Flatts ('cause Dad plays the banjo!).
litlover12: (CY)
Man, it's like they made that episode of Nashville just for me! Chris Young was on!

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And Edens Edge was playing in the background again! It just bowls me over that there's a show where I can actually hear my favorite band. That sort of thing NEVER happens to me -- not until now!

And aside from all that, it was just a very, very good episode. This show has really hit its stride.
litlover12: (BA)
I shouldn't let award shows get to me. I know I shouldn't. But I always do.

I nearly went catatonic this morning over the news that Chris Young didn't get any CMA nominations this year . . . and Luke Bryan did. Bryan, you may or may not recall, is the one who sang these immortal lines on his newly award-nominated album:

Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom
Dancin' on the tailgate in a full moon
That kinda thing makes a man go mm-hmm
You're lookin' so good in what's left of those blue jeans
Drip of honey on the moneymaker gotta be
The best buzz I'm ever gonna find . . .

I mean, you just know that somewhere Johnny Cash is weeping with envy because he never came up with that.
litlover12: (CY)


That smile is sending my temperature straight back up, just when I'd started to get it down.
litlover12: (Ed2)
For those of you who are new here, I do this every year. (Here are the 2010 and 2009 lists.) These are all songs that were released to radio last year. And for the first time, I have a couple of ties in there. I usually stick to a one-song-per-artist rule, but in this case, there were two bands that each released two singles that I just couldn't choose between! So I put them in as ties.

Where there are official music videos, I put in links to them; where there aren't, I used the best recorded or live performance I could find. Videos 20 and 18 might be considered PG-13 for skimpy clothing, and 9 for language (one unladylike word toward the end of the video).

So here we go!

20. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Jake Owen
19. "My Heart Can't Tell You No," Sara Evans
18. "Long Way to Go," Alan Jackson
17. "Hell on Heels," Pistol Annies
16. "Tough," Kellie Pickler
15. "Love Don't Run," Steve Holy
(tie) "You Lie," The Band Perry
13. "All Your Life," The Band Perry
12. "The Reason Why," Little Big Town
11. "Mean," Taylor Swift
10. "Let Me Go," Christian Kane
9. "Look It Up," Ashton Shepherd
8. "Somewhere Else," Toby Keith
7. "Here for a Good Time," George Strait
6. "Storm Warning," Hunter Hayes
5. "Love Done Gone," Billy Currington
4. "You," Chris Young
(tie) "I Won't Let Go," Rascal Flatts
2. "Easy," Rascal Flatts with Natasha Bedingfield
1. "Amen," Edens Edge
litlover12: (CY)
But dang, it's so CUTE! This is Chris Young with "You."



In other music news, on Saturday I got a copy of Hunter Hayes's new CD. I tell you what, folks, that little golden retriever with the guitar* is good.

*And the piano, and the mandolin, and the drums, and the accordion, and some instruments I've never even heard of. Twenty years old and he plays every single instrument on the album, and wrote or co-wrote all the songs. Holy cow.
litlover12: (Ed1)
I saw Edens Edge perform live for the first time, tonight at a dive in Maryland. I didn't realize quite how dive-y it was; in fact, I'm now reconsidering my decision to go see Chris Young there in November. (If I had someone to go with me I might, but as it is, I think I'll wait for him to come somewhere a little nicer! And closer, as it's quite a trek over there.)

Still, dive or no dive, it was amazing to see them in person. Hannah Blaylock, their lead singer, is a little powerhouse -- can't be much more than four feet tall in her (very) high heels, but when she walks out onto a stage, she owns it. Enough voice and personality and energy to fill a football stadium, never mind a small dive. I don't mean to overdo the hyperbole, but this girl very clearly has "it" -- that thing that makes a star, whatever you want to call it. It hits you the second you see her. As for the instrumentalists, Cherrill Green and Dean Berner, they were wonderful, and obviously having a blast. This group is going places; they know how to have fun, and boy, do they know how to perform. In fact, they've just started a gig opening for Reba -- a concert I'd love to see, but alas, it's not coming here.

[livejournal.com profile] mosinging1986, you'll appreciate this -- Hannah was chatting with the crowd about jobs that she and the others had had in Nashville while working towards their big break. And one of her jobs was being a nanny! (With all that energy, I'll bet she wore the kids out.) One day she'd just put the kids down for a nap when Dean called up saying that he was in a songwriting session, and he and the others wanted to write her a new song. So they put her on speakerphone and she told them stories about her childhood, and they wrote a song about those memories. :-) Good times.

Got a few pictures below the cut!

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litlover12: (CY)
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This one.

litlover12: (CY)
So, I just randomly discovered that these exist, four days after I got my new(ish) car. A car in which the very first CD I listened to was Chris's new one (which, by the way, is fantastic).



Clearly, the universe wants me to have this key chain.
litlover12: (CY)
Chris Young's new album is out! I've been waiting for this for ages. I even dreamed about it the other night -- THAT'S how much I've been waiting!

Song meme

Jun. 8th, 2011 05:52 pm
litlover12: (CY)
I have about a zillion things to do . . . so of course I'm doing a meme. (In my own defense, I am overdue on this one; I got it from [livejournal.com profile] sonneta nearly two weeks ago!)

Hope the LJ cut works this time . . . )

ANOTHER #1!

Feb. 8th, 2011 08:55 am
litlover12: (CY)
That's three in a row for Chris Young! Woohoo!
litlover12: (CY)
Similar criteria to last year: songs that were released (wide release) as singles to radio in 2010, one song per artist, nothing purist about it, etc., etc. This year I'm actually going to link to the videos -- except when I hate the videos -- and provide a little commentary.

It was HARD to pick just 20 this year; I did a lot of chopping and changing right up to the last second. (The one-song-per-artist rule was especially hard, but I stuck to it anyway, as I like to have as many different artists as possible.) So I'm going to provide a few runner-ups too. They may not have made the cut, but they're too good not to mention!

Here we go . . . )
litlover12: (CY)
For "Gettin' You Home"! That just makes my LIFE!

(And his too, apparently. Awwwwwww.)

I knew it

Nov. 11th, 2010 10:56 pm
litlover12: (CY)
Zac Brown Band it was. POOPY.

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