Tag: Country

Tuesday 6/28/22 10am ET: Feature Artist: Kellie Pickler

Kellie Dawn Pickler (born June 28, 1986) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and television personality. Pickler gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol and finished in sixth place. In 2006, she signed to 19 Recordings and BNA Records as a recording artist. Her debut album, Small Town Girl, was released later that year and has sold over 900,000 copies. The album, which was certified gold by the RIAA, produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: “Red High Heels” at No. 15, “I Wonder” at No. 14, and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind” at No. 16.

Pickler released her self-titled second album in 2008 that produced four singles: “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” at No. 21, “Best Days of Your Life” at No. 9 (which she co-wrote with Taylor Swift), “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” at No. 14, and “Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again” at No. 30.

In 2012, Pickler was ranked as the 14th best American Idol alumna. In October 2012, she parted ways with her former record label and signed with Black River Entertainment.

On May 21, 2013, Pickler and her partner, Derek Hough, were declared the winners of the sixteenth season of Dancing with the Stars. In 2016, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

From 2017 to 2019, she co-hosted the nationally syndicated daytime TV talk show Pickler & Ben with comedian Ben Aaron.

Monday 6/27/22 10am ET: Feature Artist: Lorrie Morgan

Loretta Lynn Morgan (born June 27, 1959) is an American country music singer. She is the daughter of George Morgan, widow of Keith Whitley, and ex-wife of Jon Randall and Sammy Kershaw, all of whom are also country music singers. Morgan has been active as a singer since the age of 13, and charted her first single in 1979. She achieved her greatest success between 1988 and 1999, recording for RCA Records and the defunct BNA Records. Her first two RCA albums (Leave the Light On and Something in Red) and her BNA album Watch Me are all certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The 1995 compilation Reflections: Greatest Hits is her best-selling album with a double-platinum certification; War Paint, Greater Need, and Shakin’ Things Up, also on BNA, are certified gold.

Morgan has made more than forty chart entries on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number-one singles: “Five Minutes”, “What Part of No”, and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”, and eleven additional top-ten hits. Morgan has recorded in collaboration with her father, as well as Whitley, Randall, Kershaw, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Tammy Wynette, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams, the New World Philharmonic, and Pam Tillis. She is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Morgan’s musical style is defined largely by country pop influences and her dramatic singing voice, with frequent stylistic comparisons to Tammy Wynette.

Thursday 6/23/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Hank Williams Jr. – Rich White Honkey Blues (2022)

Hank Williams, Jr. latest release called Rich White Honky Blues, Released June 17, 2022

1 .44 Special Blues 1:59
2 Georgia Women 4:05
3 My Starter Won’t Start 3:15
4 Take Out Some Insurance 3:58
5 Rich White Honky Blues 3:56
6 Short Haired Woman 4:54
7 Fireman Ring The Bell 5:28
8 Rock Me Baby 3:58
9 I Like It When It’s Stormy 3:20
10 Call Me Thunderhead 4:04
11 TV Mama 4:05
12 Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here 2:51

Wednesday 6/22/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Cyndi Lauper – Detour (2016)

Detour is a country music album and the eleventh studio album by American recording artist Cyndi Lauper. It was released on May 6, 2016, and is the artist’s first for Sire Records. The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by Tony Brown. In the United States, the album debuted at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and number four on the Billboard Top Country Albums and sold 36,800 copies as of September 2016.

Cyndi Lauper’s eleventh album brings together, in the twelve unreleased tracks in the singer’s catalog, American country music classics from the 1950s and 1960s and features guest appearances by Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson.

The recordings took place in Nashville, with the participation of veteran country music producer Tony Brown and a substantial number of renowned musicians from the so-called Music City. Sire Records owner Seymour Stein is the executive producer and instigator of the project. The singer said she chose country music because it is one of the styles she listened to most as a child: “When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to”, she also said that: “These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.”

About the experience with the album and the recordings in Nashville, the singer said: “It was exciting to come here and make a record that’s an homage to country”, “It’s a real singer’s album.”

  1. “Funnel of Love” 3:15
  2. “Detour” (featuring Emmylou Harris) 2:55
  3. “Misty Blue” 3:19
  4. “Walkin’ After Midnight” 2:16
  5. “Heartaches by the Number” 3:10
  6. “The End of the World” 3:12
  7. “Night Life” (featuring Willie Nelson) 2:58
  8. “Begging to You” 3:24
  9. “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” (featuring Vince Gill) 3:42
  10. “I Fall to Pieces” 3:00
  11. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” (featuring Jewel) 3:13
  12. “Hard Candy Christmas” (featuring Alison Krauss) 3:54

Cyndi Lauper – lead vocals, producer
Jewel – duet vocals on “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”
Alison Krauss – duet vocals on “Hard Candy Christmas”
Emmylou Harris – duet vocals on “Detour”
Willie Nelson – acoustic guitar and duet vocals on “Night Life”
Vince Gill – acoustic and electric guitar and duet vocals on “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”
Bryan Sutton – acoustic guitar
Tom Bukovac – acoustic guitar
Kenny Greenberg – acoustic and electric guitar
Dan Dugmore – steel guitar
Willie Weeks – bass guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar
Aubrey Haynie – fiddle, mandolin
Steve Nathan – Hammond B-3 organ, piano, synthesizer, Wurlitzer electric piano
Tony Brown – piano, producer
Jeff Taylor – accordion
Chad Cromwell – drums
Greg Morrow – drums
Elaine Caswell – background vocals
Perry Coleman – background vocals
Neal Coomer – background vocals
Kim Keyes – background vocals

Thursday 6/16/22 7pm ET: Feature LP: Urban Cowboy Soundtrack (1980)

The film Urban Cowboy featured a hit soundtrack album spawning numerous Top 10 Billboard Country Singles, such as #1 “Lookin’ for Love” by Johnny Lee, #1 “Stand by Me” by Mickey Gilley, #3 (AC chart) “Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Boz Scaggs, #1 “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray, and #4 “Love the World Away” by Kenny Rogers. It also included songs that were hits from earlier years such as #1 “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band and “Lyin’ Eyes” by the Eagles. The film is said to have started the 1980s boom in pop-country music known as the “Urban Cowboy Movement” also known as Neo-Country or Hill Boogie. In December 2018 the soundtrack was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for sales of three million copies.

  1. “Hello Texas” Jimmy Buffett 2:33
  2. “All Night Long” Joe Walsh 3:50
  3. “Times Like These” Dan Fogelberg 3:02
  4. “Nine Tonight” Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 6:35
  5. “Stand By Me” Mickey Gilley 3:35
  6. “Cherokee Fiddle” Johnny Lee 4:06
  7. “Could I Have This Dance” Anne Murray 3:14
  8. “Lyin’ Eyes” Eagles 6:23
  9. “Lookin’ for Love” Johnny Lee 3:41
  10. “Don’t It Make Ya Wanna Dance” Bonnie Raitt 3:29
  11. “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” Charlie Daniels Band 3:35
  12. “Here Comes the Hurt Again” Mickey Gilley 2:41
  13. “Orange Blossom Special”/”Hoedown” Gilley’s “Urban Cowboy” Band 2:06
  14. “Love the World Away” Kenny Rogers 3:11
  15. “Falling in Love for the Night” Charlie Daniels Band 3:00
  16. “Darlin'” Bonnie Raitt 2:34
  17. “Look What You’ve Done to Me” Boz Scaggs 5:39
  18. “Hearts Against the Wind” Linda Ronstadt and J. D. Souther 2:58

Thursday 6/16/22 9am ET: Feature Artist: Amazing Rhythm Aces

The Amazing Rhythm Aces is an American country rock group, which has characterized its music as “American music” or “roots music”—a blend of rock, country, blues, R&B, folk, reggae, and Latino. The band is best known for its 1975 hit “Third Rate Romance”. They have released 18 albums over 30 years (a period including a 15-year hiatus). The band’s music is distinguished by its eclectic scope, literate and often quirky lyrics, and distinctive vocals by lead singer and songwriter Russell Smith.

Members of the Aces played in Fatback, a local band in Knoxville, Tennessee, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Russell Smith, bassist Jeff “Stick” Davis, drummer Butch McDade (born David Hugh McDade in Clarksdale, Missouri; February 24, 1946 – November 29, 1998), and Fatback’s first lead guitarist Mike Brooks and later Dan Kennedy. The band left Knoxville in the early 1970s.

In 1972, the Aces came together in Memphis, Tennessee, at the recommendation of Barry “Byrd” Burton (born in Greene County, Tennessee; September 7, 1946 – March 10, 2008), who was engineering and producing at the Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis. Davis and McDade, who had recorded and toured with singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester as “The Rhythm Aces”, recruited Smith, keyboardist Billy Earheart III, lead guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Burton, and pianist James Hooker to develop a sound mixing of pop, country, and blue-eyed soul.

Stacked Deck, their debut album, released in 1975, resulted in two crossover (rock and country) hits, “Third Rate Romance” and “Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song),” the group’s lone Top 10 country single. In 1976, “The End Is Not in Sight (The Cowboy Tune),” from the album Too Stuffed to Jump, won a Grammy for Country Vocal Performance by a Group. “Third Rate Romance” reached No. 1 on the Canadian pop/rock charts. These tracks were engineered by Burton, who produced their first three albums.

Burton left the group after the release of Toucan Do It Too in 1977 and was replaced by Duncan Cameron.

In 1978, the Aces released Burning the Ballroom Down, followed the next year by a self-titled album featuring songs with Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson and the Muscle Shoals Horns. Both albums received critical approval but sold poorly. They released another album, How the Hell Do You Spell Rhythum, before disbanding.

Smith became a successful songwriter and had some minor successes on the country charts as a solo artist and successfully composed songs for other performers such as Ricky Van Shelton, T. Graham Brown, and Randy Travis. Earheart joined Hank Williams, Jr.’s Bama Band, and Cameron joined Sawyer Brown, a group that found significant chart success in the 1980s with a sound similar to the Amazing Rhythm Aces. Hooker joined Nanci Griffith’s band, the Blue Moon Orchestra, in 1987 and became its leader. Hooker retired from touring in 2007 and lives in County Tipperary, Ireland, and Mallorca, Spain, where he continues to keep an active writing and recording schedule.

McDade died of bladder cancer on November 29, 1998, only months after the release of Out of the Blue. He was 52.

Burton became a successful producer and session guitarist. He released a solo instrumental country album, Byrd Braynz (ADF Records), in 2002. He died on March 10, 2008, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare form of blood cancer, at the age of 61.

The Aces re-formed in 1994. The group, composed of Smith, Davis, McDade, Earheart, Hooker, and new guitarist-mandolinist Danny Parks, released Ride Again, an album of new renditions of their biggest hits.

In Memoriam: Hal Bynum (1934 – 2022)

Harold L. Bynum (September 29, 1934 – June 2, 2022) was an American songwriter associated with the Outlaw country movement in the 1970s. Bynum wrote more than 200 songs for popular country artists, including Kenny Rogers (“Lucille”), Patty Loveless (“Chains”), Johnny Cash (“Papa Was a Good Man”), Cash and Waylon Jennings (“There Ain’t No Good Chain Gang”), and Jim Reeves (“Nobody’s Fool”). Bynum also wrote “The Old, Old House”, which has been performed by George Jones, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and the Grateful Dead.

In 1977, Bynum received songwriter awards from the Country Music Association Awards and the Academy of Country Music for “Lucille” (co-written with Roger Bowling), the Song of the Year. Bynum’s autobiographical book, The Promise (2002) (also the name of his 2002 album) describes his upbringing in Texas and his work as a songwriter in Nashville. Bynum is also known for his spoken word recordings. Both his book and the album of the same name were released on Bynum’s Beauregard Books/Records label.

Monday 5/30/33 9am ET: Feature LP: Wynonna Judd – Tell Me Why (1993)

Tell Me Why is the second studio album by American country music artist Wynonna, released on Curb / MCA Records on May 11, 1993. It produced the hit singles “Only Love”, “Is It Over Yet”, “Rock Bottom”, “Girls with Guitars”, and the title track, all top ten hits on the Billboard country music charts. “Let’s Make a Baby King” also charted at #61 based on unsolicited airplay. The title song also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.

“Tell Me Why” – 3:50
“Rock Bottom” – 3:07
“Only Love” – 3:35
“Let’s Make a Baby King” – 3:33
“Is It Over Yet” – 3:48
“Father Sun” – 4:19
“Girls with Guitars” – 3:15
“Just Like New” – 2:51
“I Just Drove By” – 3:58
“That Was Yesterday” – 5:37

Wynonna Judd – lead vocals, backing vocals (3)
Steve Nathan – acoustic piano (1), Wurlitzer electric piano (4, 7–10), Hammond B3 organ (6)
Matt Rollings – Hammond B3 organ (1, 4, 8), Wurlitzer electric piano (2, 10), acoustic piano (6)
Barry Beckett – Hammond B3 organ (2)
Billy Kirsch – acoustic piano (5)
Karla Bonoff – acoustic guitar (1), backing vocals (1)
Don Potter – acoustic guitar (1, 3, 6, 7, 9), electric guitar (4, 8, 10), rhythm guitar (4, 8)
Steuart Smith – lead guitar (1, 4, 8, 10), rhythm guitar (1), electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), acoustic guitar (7, 9)
Steve Cropper – electric guitar (2)
Marcus Hummon – acoustic guitar (3)
Paul Franklin – steel guitar (9)
Willie Weeks – bass (1–4, 6–10)
Eddie Bayers – drums (1–4, 6–10) percussion (6)
Terry McMillan – cowbell (1), tambourine (1), harmonica (9)
Jim Horn – saxophones (4)
Harvey Thompson – saxophones (4)
George Tidwell – trumpets (4)
Steve Dorff – string arrangements and conductor (3, 5)
Kenny Edwards – backing vocals (1)
Wendy Waldman – backing vocals (1)
Bob Bailey – backing vocals (2, 4, 6)
Kim Fleming – backing vocals (2, 4, 6)
Suzy Willis – backing vocals (2, 4, 6)
Chris Rodriguez – backing vocals (3, 6)
Naomi Judd – backing vocals (7, 8)
Lyle Lovett – backing vocals (7)
Jesse Winchester – backing vocals (8)

Monday 5/30/22 8am ET: Feature Artist: Wynonna Judd Feature LP: Wynonna (1992)

Wynonna Ellen Judd (May 30, 1964) is a multi award-winning American country music singer. She is one of the most widely recognized and awarded female country singers. In all, she has had 19 No. 1 singles, including those of The Judds, making her one of the best-selling country artists of all time. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to the single name Wynonna. She first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo The Judds. They released seven albums on Curb Records in addition to 26 singles, of which fourteen were No. 1 hits.

The Judds disbanded in 1991 and Wynonna began a solo career, also on Curb. In her solo career, she has released eight studio albums, a live album, a holiday album, and two compilation albums, in addition to more than 20 singles. Her first three singles were “She Is His Only Need”, “I Saw the Light”, and “No One Else on Earth”. All three reached number one on the U.S. country singles charts consecutively, and “To Be Loved by You” also hit number one in 1996, her fourth number one and top ten hit. Three of her albums are certified platinum or higher by the RIAA. Her most recent recordings are Wynonna & the Big Noise, released on February 12, 2016, along with the single “Cool Ya'” that same month. “Recollections” was released in 2020 and “Are You Ready For The Country” was released in 2021 in aid of Public TV. Wynonna is most recognized for her musical work, although she has also pursued other interests starting in the 2000s, including writing, acting, and philanthropy.

In 2022, Wynonna was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of The Judds.

Wynonna is the debut studio album of American country music artist Wynonna Judd. It was released March 31, 1992 on MCA Records in association with Curb Records as her first solo debut album. Before the release of Wynonna, she recorded alongside her mother, Naomi, as The Judds, a duo which charted more than 20 country singles in the 1980s and early 1990s until hepatitis forced Naomi to retire.

Certified 5× Multi-Platinum in the U.S. for sales of five million copies, Wynonna produced three consecutive Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in “She Is His Only Need”, “I Saw the Light”, and “No One Else on Earth”, as well as a #4 in “My Strongest Weakness”. “I Saw the Light” was also the Number One country song of 1992, according to Billboard.

“What It Takes” – 4:17
“She Is His Only Need” – 4:27
“I Saw the Light” – 3:55
“My Strongest Weakness” – 4:22
“When I Reach the Place I’m Goin'” – 2:49
“No One Else on Earth” – 3:58
“It’s Never Easy to Say Goodbye” – 4:59
“A Little Bit of Love (Goes a Long, Long Way)” – 2:59
“All of That Love from Here” – 3:26
“Live with Jesus” – 2:18

Wynonna Judd – lead vocals, backing vocals (2, 5, 8)
John Barlow Jarvis – keyboards (1, 9)
Steve Nathan – keyboards (2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Matt Rollings – keyboards (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Barry Beckett – keyboards (7)
Paul Kennerley – all instruments (10), backing vocals (10)
George Marinelli – electric guitar (1, 9)
Don Potter – acoustic guitar (1-5, 7-9), MIDI acoustic guitar (5), electric guitar (6)
Steuart Smith – acoustic guitar (1, 5, 9), electric guitar (1-4, 6-8)
Sam Bush – mandolin (7, 9)
Marty Stuart – electric guitar (8)
Leland Sklar – bass (1, 9)
Willie Weeks – bass (2-8)
Rick Marotta – drums (1, 9)
Eddie Bayers – drums (2-8)
Dave Loggins – backing vocals (2)
Judy Rodman – backing vocals (2)
Andrew Gold – backing vocals (3)
Naomi Judd – backing vocals (5)
John Cowan – backing vocals (6)
Jonell Mosser – backing vocals (6, 8)
Gary Chapman – backing vocals (7)
Donna McElroy – backing vocals (7)

Sunday 5/29/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Eagles (1972)

Eagles is the debut studio album by American rock band the Eagles. The album was recorded at London’s Olympic Studios with producer Glyn Johns and released June 1, 1972. The album was an immediate success for the young band, reaching No. 22 on the charts and going platinum. Three singles were released from the album, each reaching the Top 40: “Take It Easy” (number 12), “Witchy Woman” (number 9), and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” (number 22). The band, starting with this album, played a major role in popularizing the country rock sound.

The album was ranked number 368 in the 2012 edition of Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and at number 207 in the 2020 reboot of the list. The single “Take It Easy” is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”.

  1. “Take It Easy” 3:34
  2. “Witchy Woman” 4:10
  3. “Chug All Night” 3:18
  4. “Most of Us Are Sad” 3:38
  5. “Nightingale” 4:08
  6. “Train Leaves Here This Morning” 4:13
  7. “Take the Devil” 4:04
  8. “Earlybird” 3:03
  9. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” 4:20
  10. “Tryin'” 2:54

Glenn Frey – vocals, guitars, slide guitar
Don Henley – vocals, drums
Bernie Leadon – vocals, guitars, banjo
Randy Meisner – vocals, bass guitar

Sunday 5/29/22 2pm ET: Feature LP: Steve Earle – Jerry Jeff (2022)

Steve Earle & The Dukes are releasing a tribute album to the late Jerry Jeff Walker, simply titled Jerry Jeff, on May 20, 2022. It’s in the same series as their Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark tributes. “This record completes the set, the work of my first-hand teachers,” Earle says, continuing, “There’s a tendency to think of Jerry Jeff around a relationship to one song,” referring to “Mr. Bojangles,” which was a hit for Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1971 and also covered by Bob Dylan and Sammy Davis Jr. “He was also such a great interpreter of other people’s songs. But my main purpose in recording this album was to remind people that he wrote a lot of fucking great songs.”

Gettin’ By
Gypsy Songman
Little Bird
I Make Money (Money Don’t Make Me)
Mr. Bojangles
Hill Country Rain
Charlie Dunn
My Old Man
Wheel
Old Road

In Memoriam: Thom Bresh (1948 – 2022)

Thomas Charles Bresh (February 23, 1948 – May 23, 2022), sometimes spelled Tom Bresh, was an American country music guitarist and singer. Active from the 1970s, Bresh charted multiple singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

Bresh was born on February 23, 1948 in Hollywood, California as the son of country singer Merle Travis. As a child, Bresh began acting in films and recording his own music. He also worked as a movie stuntman at the Corriganville Movie Ranch.

In 1963, he was a member of the rock and roll band The Crescents. It recorded an instrumental track “Pink Dominos” and issued it on a single with “Breakout” on the B-side. The single peaked at No. 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1964.

He then released a 1970 solo single about D. B. Cooper which was withdrawn due to controversy over its subject matter.

Starting in 1972, Bresh recorded for Kapp Records. His first charted single, “Home Made Love”, made number six on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1976. This was included on an album of the same name for Farr Records. Due to the song’s success, Bresh was nominated by the Academy of Country Music as Top New Male Vocalist that year.

Bresh recorded two albums for ABC Records as well: Kicked Back in 1977 and Portrait a year later, both produced by Jimmy Bowen. Cash Box magazine reviewed Kicked Back favorably, saying that Bresh had “perfectly mellow voice and vital tracks with excellent material and interpretation”. Record World magazine published a positive review of Portrait, calling the album “versatile” and noting the variety of musical influences. Included on Portrait was a cover of “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” which featured Bresh performing thirteen different impersonations.

Bresh hosted a weekly television variety show of his own creation, Nashville Swing, was a regular on The Merv Griffin Show and Dinah!, and made a guest appearance on the TNN special A Salute to the Country Greats. As a producer, he has been employed by country legend Jerry Reed, classical guitarist Valerie DuChateau, and Merle Travis. As a videographer, Bresh has shot, produced, and edited projects for Hank Thompson, Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, George Jones, Tanya Tucker and Jerry Reed.

Bresh was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2021. He died on May 23, 2022, at the age of 74.

Wednesday 5/25/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: Han Williams Jr. Top 30 Hits

Randall Hank Williams (born May 26, 1949), known professionally as Hank Williams Jr. or Bocephus, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the son of country music legend Hank Williams.

Williams was born Randall Hank Williams on May 26, 1949, in Shreveport, Louisiana. His father nicknamed him Bocephus. After his father’s death in 1953, he was raised by his mother, Audrey Williams.

While he was a child, a number of contemporary musicians visited his family, who influenced and taught him various music instruments and styles. Among these figures of influence were Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Earl Scruggs, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Williams first stepped on the stage and sang his father’s songs when he was eight years old.

1 – Eleven Roses – 1972
2 – All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) – 1981
3 – Ain’t Misbehavin’ – 1986
4 – Mind Your Own Business (with Reba McEntire, Tom Petty, Reverend Ike, and Willie Nelson) – 1986
5 – Born to Boogie – 1987
6 – Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound – 1979
7 – A Country Boy Can Survive – 1982
8 – Young Country – 1988
9 – Pride’s Not Hard to Swallow – 1972
10 – It’s All Over but the Crying – 1968
11 – I’m for Love – 1985
12 – Country State of Mind – 1986
13 – Honky Tonkin’ – 1982
14 – Man of Steel – 1984
15 – Last Love Song – 1973
16 – Gonna Go Huntin’ Tonight – 1983
17 – I’ll Think of Something – 1974
18 – I’d Rather Be Gone – 1969
19 – Queen of My Heart – 1983
20 – Finders Are Keepers – 1989
21 – Attitude Adjustment – 1984
22 – Leave Them Boys Alone (with Waylon Jennings and Ernest Tubb) – 1983
23 – Women I’ve Never Had – 1980
24 – All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – 1984
25 – Heaven Can’t Be Found – 1987
26 – Family Tradition – 1979
27 – Kaw-Liga – 1980
28 – I Fought the Law – 1978
29 – I’ve Got a Right to Cry – 1971
30 – Texas Women – 1981

Wednesday 5/18/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: George Strait Top 30 Hits (Rev 4)

George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. Strait is known as the “King of Country” and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He was a prominent and pioneering figure in the neotraditionalist country movement of the 1980s, famed for his simple cowboy image and roots-oriented sound at a time when the Nashville music industry was dominated by country pop crossover acts.

Strait’s success began when his first single “Unwound” was a hit in 1981, signalling the arrival of the neotraditional movement. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.

By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty’s previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty’s 40. Strait has amassed 60 number-one hits. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was number one in 2013, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty. Strait currently holds the record for most number one songs on all charts by an artist in any genre of music.

Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $99 million in three years. His final concert for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014, drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall selling over 69 million records across the United States.

This countdown is the fourth revision since 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2022.

1 – “Give It All We Got Tonight” – 2012
2 – “I Saw God Today” – 2008
3 – “Shiftwork” with Kenny Chesney – 2007
4 – “Here for a Good Time” – 2011
5 – “Write This Down” – 1999
6 – “Give It Away” – 2006
7 – “Wrapped” – 2007
8 – “The Best Day” – 2000
9 – “I Hate Everything” – 2004
10 – “Meanwhile” – 1999
11 – “Go On” – 2000
12 – “River of Love” – 2008
13 – “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This” – 1998
14 – “What Do You Say to That” – 1999
15 – “Desperately” – 2004
16 – “One Night at a Time” – 1997
17 – “I Just Want to Dance with You” – 1998
18 – “You’ll Be There” – 2005
19 – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” – 2019
20 – “I Got a Car” – 2013
21 – “The Breath You Take” – 2010
22 – “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” – 2011
23 – “Easy Come, Easy Go” – 1993
24 – “Fool Hearted Memory” – 1982
25 – “You Look So Good in Love” – 1983
26 – “Right or Wrong” – 1984
27 – “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” – 1984
28 – “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” – 1987
29 – “Blue Clear Sky” – 1996
30 – “Love Without End, Amen” – 1990