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July 2016 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.

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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… July 2016.

1. Cole Swindell – Remember Boys
2. Sam Hunt – I Met a Girl
3. Dierks Bentley & Maren Morris – I’ll Be the Moon
4. Chris Young & Cassadee Pope – Think of You
5. Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood – The Fighter
6. Cam – Hungover on Heartache
7. Luke Bryan & Karen Fairchild – Home Alone Tonight
8. Blake Shelton – Came Here to Forget
9. Toby Keith – God Love Her
10. Jason Aldean – Sweet Little Somethin’
11. Chris Stapleton – Parachute
12. Granger Smith – Likin’ Love Songs
13. Rascal Flatts – I Like the Sound of That
14. Tim McGraw – Just to See You Smile
15. George Strait – I Cross My Heart
16. Sturgill Simpson – All Around You
17. Dixie Chicks – Landslide
18. Kelsea Ballerini – Underage
19. Randy Houser – Chasing Down a Good Time
20. Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead
21. Aubrie Sellers – Sit Here and Cry
22. Striking Matches – Hanging on a Lie
23. Taylor Swift – Mean


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