Tag: Country

Friday 12/2/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Kane Brown – Different Man (2022)

Different Man is the third studio album by American country music singer Kane Brown, released on September 9, 2022, through RCA Records Nashville. Brown co-produced the album, which was preceded by the singles “One Mississippi”, “Like I Love Country Music”, and “Grand”, with “Thank God”, a duet with his singer-songwriter wife Katelyn Brown, which impacted country radio on September 12. The songs “Leave You Alone” and “Whiskey Sour” were also released ahead of the album.

  1. “Bury Me in Georgia” 4:01
  2. “Different Man” (featuring Blake Shelton) 2:55
  3. “Like I Love Country Music” 3:54
  4. “Go Around” 3:23
  5. “Grand” 2:58
  6. “See You Like I Do” 3:09
  7. “Thank God” (featuring Katelyn Brown) 2:54
  8. “Leave You Alone” 3:34
  9. “Riot” 3:26
  10. “One Mississippi” 3:34
  11. “Drunk or Dreamin'” 4:20
  12. “Losing You” 3:32
  13. “Whiskey Sour” 3:31
  14. “Pop’s Last Name” 3:33
  15. “Devil Don’t Even Bother” 2:49
  16. “Nothin’ I’d Change” 3:33
  17. “Dear Georgia” 3:08

Wednesday 11/30/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Marshall Tucker Band – Carolina Dreams (1977)

Carolina Dreams, released January 1977, was The Marshall Tucker Band’s sixth album and an ode to the band’s home state, South Carolina, USA. Focusing on Western themes, it spawned their biggest hit to date, “Heard It In a Love Song”, which rose to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, taking the album with it to #22 and #23 on the Country and Pop charts, respectively. They toured early that year to promote the album.

“Fly Like an Eagle” 3:03
“Heard It in a Love Song” 4:55
“I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You” 7:10
“Life in a Song” 3:33
“Desert Skies” 6:24
“Never Trust A Stranger” 5:28
“Tell It To The Devil” 6:45

Doug Gray – lead vocals
Toy Caldwell – lead, acoustic and steel guitars
Tommy Caldwell – bass, tambourine, and background vocals
George McCorkle – electric, twelve string and acoustic guitars
Paul Riddle – drums
Jerry Eubanks – flute, saxophone, background vocals
Paul Hornsby – Piano and organ
Charlie Daniels – Fiddle and harmony vocal on “Desert Skies”. (Charlie Daniels appears courtesy of Epic Records)
Chuck Leavell – Piano on “Life In A Song”
Jaimoe – Congas
Leo LaBranche – Horn section arrangements and trumpet on “Life In A Song” and “I Should Have Never Started Lovin’ You”
Dezso Lakatos – Tenor sax as part of the horn section.

Monday 11/28/22 11:30am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Eddie Rabbitt – Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1983)

Greatest Hits Vol II is the second compilation album by American country music artist Eddie Rabbitt. It was released in 1983 via Warner Bros. Records. The albums includes the singles “You Put the Beat in My Heart” and “Nothing Like Falling in Love”

  1. “I Love a Rainy Night” 3:08
  2. “Drivin’ My Life Away” 3:14
  3. “Step by Step” 3:41
  4. “You and I” (duet with Crystal Gayle) 3:56
  5. “Suspicions” 4:19
  6. “You Put the Beat in My Heart” 4:49
  7. “Nothing Like Falling in Love” 3:59
  8. “Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight” 3:26
  9. “You Can’t Run from Love” 3:40
  10. “Gone Too Far” 3:22

Thursday 11/24/22 2pm ET: Feature LP: Lainey Wilson – Bell Bottom Country (2022)

Bell Bottom Country is the second major label studio album by American country music singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson. Her fourth album overall, it follows 2021’s Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ and was released via BBR Music Group on October 28, 2022. It was preceded by the single “Heart Like a Truck”.

  1. “Hillbilly Hippie” 3:31
  2. “Road Runner” 3:46
  3. “Watermelon Moonshine” 3:28
  4. “Grease” 3:07
  5. “Weak-End” 3:28
  6. “Me, You, and Jesus” 3:41
  7. “Hold My Halo” 3:26
  8. “Heart Like a Truck” 3:19
  9. “Atta Girl” 3:26
  10. “This One’s Gonna Cost Me” 3:13
  11. “Those Boots (Deddy’s Song)” 2:50
  12. “Live Off” 3:35
  13. “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” 4:10
  14. “What’s Up (What’s Going On)” 3:51

Ashland Craft – background vocals
Fred Eltringham – drums, percussion, timpani, claps
Aslan Freeman – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, claps
Derek George – background vocals
Josh Groppel – background vocals, claps
Jason Hall – background vocals, gang vocals, claps
Joanna Janét – background vocals
Jay Joyce – B-3 organ, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, drums, electric guitar, ganjo, keyboards, percussion, programming, background vocals, gang vocals, claps
Billy Justineau – B-3 organ, keyboards, Moog, piano, pump organ
Joel King – bass guitar, claps
Jimmy Mansfield – claps
Rob McNelley – acoustic guitar, dobro, electric guitar, sitar, claps
Brad Pemberton – drums
Molly Tuttle – acoustic guitar, background vocals
Kasey Tyndall – background vocals
Lainey Wilson – lead vocals, background vocals, claps
Charlie Worsham – acoustic guitar, banjo, electric guitar, mandolin

Monday 11/21/22 9am ET: Feature Artist: Josh Turner

Joshua Otis Turner (born November 20, 1977) is an American country and gospel singer and songwriter. In 2003, he signed to MCA Nashville Records. That same year, his debut album’s title track, “Long Black Train”, was his breakthrough single release. His second album, Your Man (2006) accounted for his first two number-one hits: “Your Man” and “Would You Go with Me”, while 2007’s Everything Is Fine included a No. 2 in “Firecracker”. Haywire, released in 2010, produced his biggest hit, the four week No. 1 “Why Don’t We Just Dance” and another number one in “All Over Me”. It was followed by Punching Bag (2012), whose lead-off single “Time Is Love” was the biggest country hit of 2012 according to Billboard Year-End.

Turner has one brother and one sister. He married his wife Jennifer Ford in 2003. They met at Belmont University, a private Christian university in Nashville, Tennessee, where they both attended school at the time. Jennifer travels with Josh when he’s on tour, playing keyboards and singing background vocals. They have four sons together.

Turner is a devout Christian. Regarding his religion, Turner said “I don’t believe God wants me to be a gospel singer, he just wants me to be a Christian singer. That’s who I am, a Christian.”

On September 19, 2019, a tour bus carrying Turner’s road crew crashed in California, killing one and injuring seven others, according to the California Highway Patrol. Turner was not on the bus.

Thursday 11/17/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Various – Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver (2022)

Billy Joe Shaver was considered one of the last real deal artists in country music. When he stared down Waylon Jennings at Tompall Glaser’s Hillbilly Central in Nashville and told him he’d kick his ass “in front of God and everybody” if he didn’t listen to his songs, it resulted in the 1973 album Honky Tonk Heroes, which sparked off the Outlaw movement in earnest.

Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver, released August 16, 2022

  1. Willie Nelson (w/ Lucinda Williams) – Live Forever
  2. Ryan Bingham (w/ Nikki Lane) – Ride Me Down Easy
  3. Rodney Crowell – Old Five And Dimers Like Me
  4. Miranda Lambert – I’m Just An Old Chunk Of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Someday)
  5. Edie Brickell – I Couldn’t Be Me Without You
  6. Nathaniel Rateliff – You Asked Me To
  7. George Strait – Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me
  8. Amanda Shires – Honky Tonk Heroes
  9. Steve Earle – Ain’t No God In Mexico
  10. Margo Price – Ragged Old Truck
  11. Willie Nelson – Georgia On A Fast Train
  12. Allison Russell – Tramp On Your Street

Thursday 11/17/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Jackson Dean – Greenbroke (2022)

Jackson Dean is an American country music singer and songwriter. He signed to Big Machine Records in 2021 and has charted with the single “Don’t Come Lookin'”. Dean was born in Odenton, Maryland. He left his hometown at age 18 to begin songwriting, which led to collaborations with Casey Beathard and Luke Dick. After serving as an opening act for Kane Brown, Jake Owen, and Brothers Osborne, he was signed to Big Machine Records in 2021. Dean’s first release for Big Machine was a self-titled extended play with the single “Wings”, the former of which was released on April 16, 2021.

This was followed in 2022 by “Don’t Come Lookin'”, and then his debut album Greenbroke on March 11, 2022. In addition, he was booked as an opening act for Brooks & Dunn’s Reboot 2022 Tour. “Don’t Come Lookin'” has charted on Country Airplay in 2022. The song was also featured in an episode of the Paramount Network TV series Yellowstone.

1 Don’t Come Lookin’ 3:07
2 Trailer Park 3:39
3 Fearless 3:35
4 Don’t Take Much 3:21
5 Superstitions 3:48
6 Love You Anymore 3:12
7 Red Light 3:07
8 Other Than Me 4:00
9 Wings 4:24
10 Greenbroke 5:15

Friday 11/11/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Florida Georgia Line – Greatest Hits (2022)

Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo founded in 2010 by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, both of whom are vocalists and songwriters. Their 2012 debut single “Cruise” broke two major sales records: it was downloaded over seven million times, making it the first country song ever to receive the Diamond certification, and it became the best-selling digital country song, with 24 weeks at number one, until it was surpassed in July 2017 by Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”. “Cruise” helped to pioneer a style of country music known as “bro-country”, which incorporates production elements from rock and hip-hop music, and tends to cover subject matter such as partying, drinking, driving trucks and sexual attraction. Much of their subsequent music has been tagged with the “bro-country” label as well.

Florida Georgia Line was formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, and began as a cover band. In December 2011, they signed to the Big Loud Mountain label. Their second EP, It’z Just What We Do, was released in 2012 and charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Several months later they signed with Republic Nashville, part of the Big Machine Label Group. They released their second album, Anything Goes on October 14, 2014. Their third album, Dig Your Roots, was released on August 26, 2016, and the fourth Can’t Say I Ain’t Country on February 15, 2019. Their fifth album, Life Rolls On, was released on February 12, 2021.

The Greatest Hits LP was released November 11, 2022 and featured here.

  1. “Cruise”
  2. “Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line”
  3. “H.O.L.Y.”
  4. “May We All (featuring Tim McGraw)”
  5. “Get Your Shine On”
  6. “Dirt”
  7. “Long Live”
  8. “Simple”
  9. “God, Your Mama, and Me (featuring Backstreet Boys)”
  10. “Stay”
  11. “Sun Daze”
  12. “I Love My Country”
  13. “Round Here”
  14. “This Is How We Roll (featuring Luke Bryan)”
  15. “Up Down (featuring Morgan Wallen)”
  16. “Invisible” (2022)
  17. “Life” (2022)
  18. “Rendezvous (featuring Lele Pons)” (2022)

Wednesday 11/9/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pure Prairie League – Bustin’ Out (1972)

Bustin’ Out is the second studio album by American country rock band Pure Prairie League. Originally released by RCA Records in October 1972, the album garnered renewed interest almost 3 years after its release. By then, band leader Craig Fuller was no longer in the band due to draft board issues.

“Amie” was first released as a single in 1973 and failed to chart. In early 1975 it again began receiving airplay mostly on college radio stations and then on major U.S. radio stations. It hit #27 by May 1975. On the album, “Falling In and Out of Love” ends in a segue to “Amie”, which then concludes with the main chorus of “Falling In and Out of Love.” Because of this interrelationship, the pair of songs are sometimes played as a single track.

The album features a guest appearance by Mick Ronson who provided string arrangements on the track “Boulder Skies” and “Call Me, Tell Me.”

“Jazzman” 2:34
“Angel #9” 4:55
“Leave My Heart Alone” 4:24
“Early Morning Riser” 5:05
“Falling In and Out of Love” 2:12
“Amie” 4:18
“Boulder Skies” 4:01
“Angel” 4:26
“Call Me, Tell Me” 2:41

Craig Fuller – bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals
George Ed Powell – electric guitar, vocals
William Frank Hinds – drums
Michael Connor – piano, keyboards
James Rolleston – bass
Al Brisco – steel guitar
Mick Ronson – guitar, background vocals, string arrangements
Dianne Brooks – background vocals on “Leave My Heart Alone”
Little Bobby Ring – marimba, shaker

Wednesday 11/9/22 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Alabama – Greatest Hits (1986)

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits package released by the American country music band Alabama. The album was released by RCA Records in January 1986, and has since been certified platinum for sales of 5 million units by the Recording Industry Association of America.

By the mid-1980s, Alabama had become the most dominant act in country music. During the first half of the decade, the Fort Payne, Alabama-based group had 18 No. 1 songs in as many single releases (discounting their 1982 Christmas single, “Christmas in Dixie”). They had released six multi-platinum albums and had won many awards from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music.

Alabama’s first greatest hits album includes eight of their hit singles; seven of those reached No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart between 1980 and 1985. The eighth song of that group was “My Home’s in Alabama”, widely considered by fans to be their signature tune (despite only reaching No. 17).

The album contains two new tracks. Of these, “She and I” was the only single release, and it became the band’s 19th No. 1 song in April 1986. The other song, “The Fans”, is Alabama’s ode of thanks to their fans. It was played in the 1993 DieHard 500 during the pre-race ceremonies to dedicate the now-deceased Davey Allison.

  1. “She and I” 5:18
  2. “Mountain Music” 4:12
  3. “Feels So Right” 3:37
  4. “Old Flame” 3:12
  5. “Tennessee River (live version)” 8:06
  6. Love in the First Degree” 3:18
  7. “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” 3:21
  8. “Why Lady Why” 4:11
  9. “The Fans” 4:54
  10. “My Home’s in Alabama (live version)” 8:27

In Memoriam: Jeff Cook (1949 – 2022)

Jeff Cook of Alabama performs during the All for the Hall concert on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. The concert is a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Jeffrey Alan Cook (August 27, 1949 – November 7, 2022) was an American country music artist. He was best known for being a member of the band Alabama, in which he contributed on guitar, fiddle and other musical instruments.

Jeffrey Alan Cook was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, and is of English and Native American descent, Cook was a graduate of Fort Payne High School and Jacksonville State University. He obtained a broadcast engineer license three days after his fourteenth birthday, and worked at a local radio station as a disc jockey while still in high school.

Cook co-founded the band Wildcountry, along with his cousins Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry, in 1972 (the name was changed to Alabama in 1977). He contributed lead as well as backing vocals, lead guitar, keyboard, and fiddle to the group’s productions. Since the band ceased active production and performance in 2004, Cook has formed the groups Cook & Glenn and the Allstar Goodtime Band, with which he performed.

In addition to his performance work, Cook founded Cook Sound Studios, Inc., in his native Fort Payne, and also established radio station WQRX-AM, which he later sold, in adjacent Valley Head, Alabama. Cook is also noted for his culinary endeavors, having operated a restaurant and marketed his own sauce.

Cook toured in 2022 with Alabama for their 50th Anniversary tour. On April 11, 2017, Cook disclosed that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease four years earlier and stopped touring regularly with Alabama in 2018 and died from complications of the disease.