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February 2019 Country Mix

I’m a mix making machine who has finally found the ultimate form of musical expression. One CD per month that defines that 30 day span of my life… a musical diary, if you will, where the songs represent my mood, direction and texture. Each month I pull from my library of classics, and mix in current cuts that have me dancing. I like each mix to span several decades and genres. I am constantly absorbing tastes and ideas from some very knowledgeable music savvy friends, Spotify playlists by “Songpickr” and “Release Radar” and magazines like Paste and Q keep me plugged in to the scene around the world. Bottom line – I am always searching for new music, and the highlight of my day is when I find some.

My rules are simple: 1) The mix must fit in a 120 minute CD. 2) A band, musician and/or song must only be used once a year. In addition, I make a cover for each CD using Google images and Roxio’s “Disc Cover 2” program, found in its Toast software. The cover features art or photography that I feel captures the spirit of the month’s music. As you’ll see, my tempo turns slowly, most often to the beat of a love song. I spend weeks polishing the transitions between songs, so as one ends, the next begins in perfect harmony. In addition to the monthly mixes, I also burn genre-specific discs that are just as carefully constructed. I will post those as added bonuses along the way. 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, and certainly no boundaries on the type of music or limits on how you should mix it. Now let’s get to it… February 2019.

1. Dwight Yoakam – The Back of Your Hand
2. Toby Keith – A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action
3. Dierks Bentley – Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
4. Kacey Musgraves – Happy & Sad
5. Brett Young – Ticket to L.A.
6. Jimmie Allen – Like You Do
7. Adam Hood – Easy Way
8. Cody Johnson – Fenceposts
9. Pistol Annies – Masterpiece
10. Maddie & Tae – Die From a Broken Heart
11. Brooks & Dunn – She’s About As Lonely As I’m Gonna Let Her Get
12. Old Dominion – Make it Sweet
13. Jordan Davis – Take it From Me
14. Maren Morris – Rich
15. Lauren Alaina – Ladies in the ’90s
16. Carly Pearce – Closer to You
17. Brett Eldredge – Love Someone
18. Garth Brooks – If Tomorrow Never Comes
19. Ashley McBryde – Andy (I Can’t Live Without You)
20. Dillon Carmichael – Dancing Away With My Heart
21. Teddy Robb – Really Shouldn’t Drink Around You
22. Aaron Watson – Kiss That Girl Goodbye
23. Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Eli – What Happens in a Small Town

 

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