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April 2014 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 2014.

1. Vince Gill – A Little More Love
2. Dwight Yoakam – Suspicious Minds
3. Asleep at the Wheel – Cotton Eyed Joe (Live)
4. Darius Rucker – Wagon Wheel
5. Jamey Johnson – Macon
6. Brantley Gilbert – Bottoms Up
7. Juston Moore – Lettin’ the Night Roll
8. Josh Turner – Why Don’t We Just Dance
9. Travis Tritt – T-R-O-U-B-L-E
10. Billy Currington – We Are Tonight
11. Sara Evans & Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You
12. Sugarland – Baby Girl
13. Trick Pony – Pour Me
14. Johnny Cash – I Drove Her Out of My Mind
15. Dolly Parton – Blue Smoke
16. Trisha Yearwood – Wrong Side of Memphis
17. Suzy Bogguss – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
18. John Hartford – Gentle on My Mind
19. Zac Brown Band & Jimmy Buffett – Knee Deep
20. John Michael Montgomery – Hold on to Me
21. Kathy Mattea – Where’ve You Been

 

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