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April 2017 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 2017.

1) Jody Miller – Baby, I’m Yours
2) Hal Ketchum – Sure Love
3) Keith Whitley – I’m No Stranger to the Rain
4) Willie Nelson & Lukas Nelson – Just Breathe
5) Chris LeDoux – Riding For a Fall
6) Ronnie Milsap – (I’m A) Stand By My Woman Man
7) Barbara Mandrell & George Jones – I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool (Live)
8) Pam Tillis – Don’t Tell Me What to Do
9) Randy Travis – Is it Still Over?
10) Johnny Cash – I’ve Been Everywhere
11) Waylon Jennings – I’m a Ramblin’ Man
12) Jim Ed Brown – Pop a Top
13) Mickey Gilley – A Headache Tomorrow (Or a Heartache Tonight)
14) Rick Trevino – Bobbie Ann Mason
15) Moe Bandy – Rodeo Romeo
16) Merle Haggard – Are the Good Times Really Over
17) Tanya Tucker – Love Me Like You Used to Do
18) Dottie West – Country Sunshine
19) John Anderson – Honky Tonk Crowd
20) Vern Gosdin – Set ‘Em Up Joe
21) Sammy Kershaw – Yard Sale
22) Joe Diffie – Pickup Man
23) Buck Owens – Tall Dark Stranger
24) Clay Blaker – Texas Honky-Tonk


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