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April 2012 Country Mix

Some call country music simple. But those people have small minds. If your soul runs deep – there’s a spot for a fiddle to reverberate. Steel guitars are tuned to tug at heartstrings. Real emotion is attached to the lyrics of down home sound. From the sadness of a Hank Williams tearjerker to George Strait’s salt of the earth catalog of songs – country music loads life on a hayride and hits every bump. Sometimes you hoot and holler, sometimes you just need a hug.

In addition to the monthly journal-style playlists, I also make a country mix. The rules are just a little different: 1) The mix must fit in a 120 minute CD. 2) A band, musician and/or song must only be used once every six months. In addition, I make a cover for each CD featuring Cowboy Artists of America Hall of Famer Jack Swanson. His art is fully in-sync with the rhythm and emotion in these playlists. In sharing this part of my life with you, my hope is that you will comment on songs on these playlists that move you, and maybe you’ll be inspired to make this a habit, too. If so, please use the comment box below each post to share your CD with us. Of course, feel free to make up your own rules as you go. Now let’s get to it… April 2012.

1. Lonestar – What About Now
2. Vince Gill – One More Last Chance
3. Blackhawk – There You Have It
4. Bryan White – So Much For Pretending
5. Shania Twain – Any Man of Mine
6. Toby Keith – Should’ve Been a Cowboy
7. Trace Adkins – You’re Gonna Miss This
8. Mark Wills – I Do (Cherish You)
9. Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black – When I Said I Do
10. Lee Brice – I Drive Your Truck
11. Travis Tritt – Tell Me I Was Dreaming
12. Cory Morrow – Hold Us Together (Live)
13. Mark Chesnutt – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing
14. Justin Moore – If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away
15. Darryl Worley – You Still Got It
16. Pat Green – All Just to Get to You
17. Cody Johnson – Diamond in My Pocket
18. Jamie Richards – Drive
19. Jamey Johnson – That Lonesome Song
20. The Barker Band – Love Letters
21. Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars – Safe & Sound


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