Tag: Country

Wednesday 1/4/23 11am ET: Feature Artist: Deana Carter

Deana Kay Carter (born January 4, 1966) is an American country music singer-songwriter who broke through in 1996 with the release of her debut album Did I Shave My Legs for This?, which was certified 5× Multi-Platinum in the United States for sales of over 5 million. It was followed by 1998’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, 2003’s I’m Just a Girl, 2005’s The Story of My Life, and 2007’s The Chain. Overall, Carter’s albums have accounted for 14 singles, including three which reached Number One on the Billboard country charts: “Strawberry Wine”, “We Danced Anyway”, and “How Do I Get There”.

Carter was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the daughter of singer Fred Carter, Jr. Despite her famous father, she did not have a smooth path to a recording deal. After an initial lack of success at age 17, she entered the University of Tennessee, majoring in rehabilitation therapy and becoming a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and a Sigma Alpha Epsilon Little Sister, also known as a “Little Sister of Minerva.” During college, she sang at various campus locations, performing for the enjoyment of singing, rather than with the intent of pursuing a musical career. She was also a local bartender at the Back Door Tavern (BDT) on Kingston Pike. After she graduated, she worked with recovering stroke and head injury patients. Although she found the work rewarding and worthwhile, she eventually realized that her first love was music, and decided to pursue the music career she had left.

Wednesday 1/4/23 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Patty Loveless – Classics (1999)

Classics is a 1999 compilation album by American country music singer Patty Loveless, released March 23, 1999.

The album includes two new tracks: “Can’t Get Enough,” which was a #21 Billboard Top Country Single, and “I Just Wanna Be Loved by You.” Also included is a duet with Vince Gill, “My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man,” a #27 hit, which first appeared on Gill’s 1998 album The Key. The rest of the album features her Epic Records hits: three songs from Only What I Feel, three songs from When Fallen Angels Fly, two songs from The Trouble with the Truth, and one from Long Stretch of Lonesome, the George Jones-backed “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me.” The album went on to be certified Gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the US and was Loveless’ last album to receive a certification.

  1. “Can’t Get Enough” 2:55
  2. “You Can Feel Bad” 3:20
  3. “Lonely Too Long” 4:38
  4. “I Just Wanna Be Loved by You” 3:38
  5. “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am” 3:59
  6. “Here I Am” 2:59
  7. “You Don’t Seem to Miss Me” 4:00
  8. “Nothin’ but the Wheel” 3:57
  9. “My Kind of Woman, My Kind of Man” 3:54
  10. “Blame It on Your Heart” 3:34
  11. “I Try to Think About Elvis” 2:50
  12. “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” 5:01

Dan Dugmore – pedal steel guitar
Stuart Duncan – fiddle
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
Steve Gibson – electric guitar
Emory Gordy Jr. – bass guitar
Owen Hale – drums
John Barlow Jarvis – organ
Kostas – background vocals
Patty Loveless – lead vocals
Carmella Ramsey – background vocals
Biff Watson – acoustic guitar

Tuesday 1/3/23 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Emerson Drive – Decade of Drive (2011)

Decade of Drive is a greatest hits album by Canadian country music group Emerson Drive. The album was released in Canada on February 8, 2011 via Open Road Recordings. The album features 13 of the band’s hits and three new songs. The album’s first single, “When I See You Again”, was written in memory of the group’s former bassist, Patrick Bourque, who committed suicide in September 2007. It was released to Canadian radio in late 2010. The album’s second single “Let Your Love Speak” was released to U.S. country radio in 2011. The album’s third single “Sleep It Off” was released to Canadian country radio on August 1, 2011.

  1. “I Should Be Sleeping” 2:58
  2. “Fall into Me” 2:50
  3. “Countrified Soul” 2:59
  4. “Moments” 4:57
  5. “The Extra Mile” 4:04
  6. “Believe” 3:56
  7. “A Good Man” 2:58
  8. “Everyday Woman” 3:21
  9. “I Love This Road” 3:47
  10. “That Kind of Beautiful” 3:08
  11. “When I See You Again” 3:13
  12. “Sleep It Off” 3:10
  13. “Let Your Love Speak” 4:07
  14. “November” (acoustic version) 4:26
  15. “Belongs to You” (acoustic version) 3:50
  16. “Last One Standing” (acoustic version) 3:37

Monday 1/2/23 7pm ET: Feature LP: Kenny Rogers – Eyes That See In The Dark (1983)

Eyes That See in the Dark is the 15th studio album by Kenny Rogers, first released by RCA Nashville in August 1983.

Eyes That See in the Dark marks Barry Gibb’s third production project of the 1980s outside of the Bee Gees. Gibb wrote most of the songs that were more reminiscent of Rogers’s days with the First Edition.

Just after Barry Gibb contributed producing Dionne Warwick’s Heartbreaker album, he and Rogers met later in the year and it was then that Rogers asked about some songs, and one of those songs was the title track. The other songs in this album were written in late 1982 and recorded in early 1983. Gibb recorded demos for Rogers while working with the Bee Gees for the 1983 film Staying Alive until April 1983, as Rogers started to record this album in May the same year.

The album, Rogers’s first for RCA Nashville, was issued while his previous effort on Liberty Records We’ve Got Tonight was still in the charts and had to compete with singles from that still being issued by his previous label.

  1. “This Woman” 3:58
  2. “You and I” 4:37
  3. “Buried Treasure” 4:12
  4. “Islands in the Stream” 4:10
  5. “Living with You” 3:10
  6. “Evening Star” 3:40
  7. “Hold Me” 4:15
  8. “Midsummer Nights” 3:50
  9. “I Will Always Love You” 4:22
  10. “Eyes That See in the Dark” 3:42

Kenny Rogers – lead vocals
Albhy Galuten – acoustic piano, electric piano, synthesizers, arrangements, conductor
George Bitzer – acoustic piano, electric piano, synthesizers
John Hobbs – acoustic piano (6)
Maurice Gibb – synthesizers, guitar, bass, backing vocals
Barry Gibb – guitar, backing vocals, arrangements
Tim Renwick – guitar
George Terry – guitar
Larry McNeely – banjo
Mitch Holder – guitar (6)
Fred Tackett – guitar (6)
Ron Ziegler – drums
Paul Leim – drums (6)
Joe Lala – percussion
Neal Bonsanti – saxophones (2, 4)
Whit Sidener – saxophones (2, 4)
Peter Graves – trombone (2, 4)
Ken Faulk – trumpet (2, 4)
Jimmie Haskell – string arrangements (7)
Sid Sharp – concertmaster
Denise Decaro – backing vocals (1, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Myrna Mathews – backing vocals (1, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Marti McCall – backing vocals (1, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Larry Gatlin – backing vocals (3, 6)
Rudy Gatlin – backing vocals (3, 6)
Steve Gatlin – backing vocals (3, 6)
Dolly Parton – lead and harmony vocals (4)
Robin Gibb – backing vocals (5)

In Memoriam: Anita Pointer (1948 – 2022)

Anita Marie Pointer (January 23, 1948 – December 31, 2022) was an American singer-songwriter, best known as a founding member of the vocal group the Pointer Sisters.

She and her sisters found fame in 1973, when the Anita-led “Yes We Can Can” reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974, Pointer’s writing talents helped the group make music history when “Fairytale” became a hit on the country music charts and enabled The Pointer Sisters to become the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. “Fairytale” won the group its first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and a Grammy Nomination for the Best Country Song of the year in 1975.

In February 2020, Anita released the book, “Fairytale: The Pointer Sisters’ Family Story” which was co-written with her brother, Fritz Pointer. The book chronicles the Pointer family origins and history as well as finding themselves as young black women in the San Francisco Bay Area during the Civil Rights and Black Power movement of the late 1960s. As well, it describes the difficulties and successes they encountered throughout their career and shares their chart history, discography and other surprises along the way. Throughout the book, family members also share their memories of the Pointer family history including Bonnie who passed in June 2020. The book earned positive reviews upon release.

Pointer was married several times and had one child. In December 1965, at age 17, Pointer married David Harper. They had a daughter, Jada Rashawn Pointer, born April 9, 1966. They divorced later in 1966. Her daughter inspired one of the Pointer Sisters’ most popular songs, “Jada,” written by the group and released on their debut album in 1973. In October 1981, Pointer married Richard Gonzalez. Pointer and Gonzalez later divorced.

Pointer’s older brother, Aaron Pointer, was an MLB player and later NFL referee. Her cousin, Paul Silas, was an NBA player and head coach.

In October 2021, Pointer was supposed to be a contestant on season 6 of The Masked Singer, as part of a duet with her sister Ruth, who revealed that Pointer had not performed because she was dealing with an illness.

Pointer died from cancer at her home in Los Angeles on December 31, 2022, at the age of 74. Her daughter Jada died of cancer aged 37 in 2003. Her sister June died in 2006 due to cancer.

Wednesday 12/28/22 11am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Joe Diffie – Greatest Hits (1998)

Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits package released by American country music artist Joe Diffie. Released June 9, 1998 on Epic Records, it contains the biggest hit singles from his first five studio albums, as well as three new tracks (“Poor Me”, “Texas Size Heartache”, and “Hurt Me All the Time”), of which the first two were released as singles.

  1. “Third Rock from the Sun” 2:48
  2. “John Deere Green” 4:34
  3. “Texas Size Heartache” 2:41
  4. “Ships That Don’t Come In” 3:39
  5. “Pickup Man” 3:36
  6. “So Help Me Girl” 3:32
  7. “Poor Me” 4:09
  8. “Honky Tonk Attitude” 3:49
  9. “Home” 3:20
  10. “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” 3:46
  11. “Bigger Than the Beatles” 3:55
  12. “Hurt Me All the Time” 2:20

Al Anderson – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Bruce C. Bouton – pedal steel guitar
Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar
Joe Diffie – lead vocals, background vocals
Larry Franklin – fiddle, mandolin
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
John Barlow Jarvis – Hammond B-3 organ, Wurlitzer
Liana Manis – background vocals
Brent Mason – electric guitar
Steve Nathan – piano
Lonnie Wilson – drums, percussion
Glenn Worf – bass guitar

Thursday 12/22/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: LeAnn Rimes – God’s Work (2022)

God’s Work opens with “Spaceship,” a show stopping ballad where LeAnn Rimes is yearning for deliverance, suggesting that the album will be filled with the kind of showstoppers you’d expect from a vocalist who took home the crown on the fourth season of The Masked Singer. She may retain a taste for grand gestures, but God’s Work does indeed deliver upon its titular promise: it’s not a gospel album but rather a spiritual journey, one infused with questioning and hope. This interior quest allows Rimes to look far beyond herself, a widened perspective that is assisted by a number of guests including Aloe Blacc, Mickey Guyton, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph, Sheila E, Ledisi, and Ziggy Marley. (Review from AllMusic.com)

Released September 16, 2022.

1 Spaceship 4:07
2 The Only 4:05
3 Awakening 4:13
4 How Much a Heart Can Hold 3:25
5 Throw My Arms Around the World 5:18
6 The Wild 4:13
7 Innocent 3:47
8 God’s Work 5:04
9 Something Better’s Coming 4:38
10 Imagined With Love 2:32
11 There Will Be a Better Day 3:59
12 I Do 3:10
13 Throw My Arms Around the World [Dave Audé Remix] 3:59

Aloe Blacc Composer, Duet, Producer
David Baerwald Composer
Mark Batson Hammond B3, Producer
Darrell Brown Keyboards, Piano, Producer
Jennifer Condos Bass
Denise Green Vocals
Mickey Guyton Featured Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Greg Hagan Guitar
Ben Harper Featured Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Hadas Kleinman Cello
Trevor Lawrence Jr. Drums, Percussion
Stefan Lessard Bass
Josh Luxe Guitar (Acoustic)
Ziggy Marley Featured Artist, Vocals
Maro Percussion
Tiffany Palmer Vocals (Background)
Dean Parks Guitar
Robert Randolph Featured Artist, Pedal Steel
LeAnn Rimes Composer, Duet, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals (Background)
Sheila E. Drums, Featured Artist, Percussion
Ilya Toshinskiy Guitar
Tata Vega Featured Artist, Vocals
Waddy Wachtel Guitar
Chris Walden String Arrangements

Wednesday 12/21/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Willie Nelson – Honeysuckle Rose (1980)

Honeysuckle Rose is the soundtrack to the 1980 musical drama film of the same name, which stars Willie Nelson. Released July 18, 1980. Tracks on the album include songs by Nelson and various artists including Kenneth Threadgill, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Gimble, Hank Cochran, Jeannie Seely and Dyan Cannon.

The song “On the Road Again” was nominated for Best Original Song in the 53rd Academy Awards.

  1. “On the Road Again” (Live) 2:38
  2. “Pick Up the Tempo” 2:39
  3. “Heaven or Hell”” 2:20
  4. “Fiddlin’ Around” (featuring Johnny Gimble) 3:26
  5. “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” 2:49
  6. “Working Man Blues” 3:41
  7. “Jumpin’ Cotton Eyed Joe” (featuring Johnny Gimble) 2:53
  8. “Whiskey River” 3:57
  9. “Bloody Mary Morning” (Live) 3:43
  10. “Loving You Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” 3:46
  11. “I Don’t Do Windows” (featuring Hank Cochran) 3:22
  12. “Coming Back to Texas” (featuring Kenneth Threadgill) 2:21
  13. “If You Want Me To Love You I Will” 1:31
  14. “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” 3:22
  15. “You Show Me Yours (And I’ll Show You Mine)” (featuring Amy Irving) 3:16
  16. “If You Could Touch Her at All” 3:29
  17. “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” 4:26
  18. “I Guess I’ve Come to Live Here in Your Eyes” 3:23
  19. “Angel Eyes” (featuring Emmylou Harris) 2:42
  20. “So You Think You’re a Cowboy” (featuring Emmylou Harris) 2:29
  21. “Make the World Go Away” (featuring Hank Cochran and Jeannie Seely) 2:40
  22. “Two Sides to Every Story” 3:08
  23. “A Song for You” (Live) 2:35
  24. “Uncloudy Day” 4:18

Johnny Gimble – performer
Emmylou Harris – performer
Hank Cochran – performer
Kenneth Threadgill – performer
Amy Irving – performer
Willie Nelson – guitar, vocals, producer, main performer
Chris Ethridge – bass
Jody Payne – performer
Bradley Hartman – engineer, mixing
Jeannie Seely – performer

Wednesday 12/21/22 11am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Lee Roy Parnell – Hits and Highways Ahead (1999)

Hits and Highways Ahead is the first compilation album by American country music artist Lee Roy Parnell. It was released August 24, 1999 by the Arista Nashville label. It peaked at #63 on the Top Country Albums chart.

  1. “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” 4:01
  2. “Heart’s Desire” 4:12
  3. “Love Without Mercy” 4:43
  4. “On the Road” 4:38
  5. “Long Way to Fall” 4:43
  6. “A Little Bit of You” 2:41
  7. “I’m Holding My Own” 4:15
  8. “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” 3:36
  9. “When a Woman Loves a Man” 3:43
  10. “Tender Moment” 3:08
  11. “If the House Is Rockin'” 3:28
  12. “John the Revelator” 5:06

Eddie Bayers – drums
Richard Bennett – electric guitar
Dan Dugmore – steel guitar
The Fairfield Four – background vocals
Davey Faragher – bass guitar
Chris Harris – background vocals
Teresa James – background vocals
John Barlow Jarvis – piano
John Jorgenson – electric guitar
Jim Keltner – drums
Kevin McKendree – piano
Terry McMillan – percussion
Steve Mackey – bass guitar
Jonell Mosser – background vocals
Lee Roy Parnell – electric guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals
James Pennebaker – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Don Potter – acoustic guitar
Michael Rhodes – bass guitar
Joseph Rice – background vocals
Matt Rollings – keyboards
Russell Smith – background vocals
Michael Spriggs – acoustic guitar
Harry Stinson – background vocals
Fred Tackett – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Scott Thurston – background vocals
Jeffrey “C.J.” Vanston – organ
Billy Joe Walker Jr. – acoustic guitar
Lynn Williams – drums
Dennis Wilson – background vocals
Glenn Worf – bass guitar
Bob Wray – bass guitar
Reese Wynans – organ
Trisha Yearwood – background vocals
Curtis Young – background vocals

Wednesday 12/14/22 6pm ET: Dolly Parton – Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection (2022)

Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection is a compilation album by American country music artist Dolly Parton. It was released by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings on November 18, 2022.

The album includes Parton’s collaborations with Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, and Swedish dance duo Galantis. The album also includes songs featured in Parton’s films, including “9 to 5” from the 1980 movie by the same name, “Tennessee Homesick Blues” from Rhinestone, and “Red Shoes” from Dumplin’.

  1. “9 to 5” 2:45
  2. “Jolene” 2:40
  3. “Here You Come Again” 2:56
  4. “Islands in the Stream” (with Kenny Rogers) 4:09
  5. “I Will Always Love You” 2:54
  6. “Coat of Many Colors” 3:03
  7. “My Tennessee Mountain Home” 3:07
  8. “The Bargain Store” 2:41
  9. “Baby I’m Burnin'” 2:36
  10. “Better Get to Livin'” 3:34
  11. “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That” 2:32
  12. “Love Is Like a Butterfly” 2:20
  13. “Heartbreaker” 3:34
  14. “Red Shoes” 2:57
  15. “The Seeker” 3:13
  16. “Together You and I” 3:56
  17. “Two Doors Down” 3:07
  18. “When Life Is Good Again” 4:11
  19. “Tennessee Homesick Blues” 3:23
  20. “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” 3:18
  21. “Real Love” (with Kenny Rogers) 3:52
  22. “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” (with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn) 2:23
  23. “Faith” (with Galantis and Mr. Probz) 3:07

Tuesday 12/13/22 10am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: John Anderson – Greatest Hits (1996)

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American country music artist John Anderson. It is Anderson’s second compilation album of that name and third overall. It was released on October 15, 1996 as his last studio album for BNA Records. The version of “Swingin'” on this release is a remake of the original 1982 hit version.

  1. “Money in the Bank” 2:58
  2. “Seminole Wind” 3:58
  3. “Straight Tequila Night” 2:55
  4. “I Wish I Could Have Been There” 3:32
  5. “I Fell in the Water” 2:40
  6. “I’ve Got It Made” 2:52
  7. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” 3:44
  8. “Mississippi Moon” 4:15
  9. “Swingin'(new version)” 2:59
  10. “When It Comes to You” 3:52
  11. “Long Hard Lesson Learned” 3:26
  12. “Let Go of the Stone” 3:20
  13. “Country ‘Til I Die” 3:02
  14. “Who Got Our Love” 3:18
  15. “Bend It Until It Breaks” 4:05

Monday 12/12/22 8am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Johnny Rodriguez – You Can Say That Again (1996)

Johnny Rodriguez – You Can Say That Again released July 1996. Review Ctsy AllMusic. Quite possibly the strongest release Johnny Rodriguez has offered since his heyday in the late ’70s and early ’80s, You Can Say That Again captures his honky tonk roots perfectly. Rodriguez alternates between honky tonk standards and new tunes written in the tradition. Not all of the new songs are fit to stand in comparison to the classics, but Rodriguez’s sweaty energy and gritty, soulful vigor make You Can Say That Again a joy.

1 Big Red Sun Blues 3:43
2 If I’d Left It Up to You 3:02
3 It Might Take a While But I’ll Get over You 2:26
4 Every Night About This Time 4:16
5 Corpus Christi Bay 4:00
6 Mexico Rain 3:42
7 There’s Still a Lot of Love in San Antone 2:45
8 The Best Thing Going 3:13
9 You Can Say That Again 3:18
10 When It ‘s Your Turn to Fall 3:41
11 What a Memory You’ll Make 2:48
12 No News Is Good News 3:24

Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Guest Artist, Mandolin
Sonny Garrish Guitar (Steel), Slide Dobro
Sam Gay Composer
Mike Geiger Composer
Merle Haggard Composer
Michael Hearne Composer
Robert Earl Keen Composer
Gordon Kennedy Vocals (Background)
Jerry Kennedy Dobro, Guest Artist, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Gut String Guitar, Producer
Shelby Kennedy Vocals (Background)
Jerry Kroon Drums, Percussion
Ronnie Light Engineer, Mixing
A.L. Owens Composer
Larry Paxton Bass (Acoustic), Bass (Electric)
Hargus “Pig” Robbins Keyboards, Piano
Lou Rochelle Composer
Johnny Rodriguez Guitar, Primary Artist, Vocal Harmony, Vocals
Raymond N. “Rusty” Russell Composer
Sanger D. Shafer Composer
Lance Strode Composer
Monte Thomas Composer
Pete Wade Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Lonnie Williams Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Dino Zimmerman Guitar (Electric), Slide Guitar