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June 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… June 2016.

1. Sturgill Simpson – In Bloom
2. Brandy Clark – Love Can Go to Hell
3. Brothers Osborne & Lee Ann Womack – Loving Me Back
4. Lindi Ortega – Ashes
5. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)
6. Gretchen Wilson – The Girl I Am
7. Toby Keith & Sting – I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying
8. Jake Owen – American Country Love Song
9. Frankie Ballard – Cigarette
10. Dallas Davidson & Big Boi, Maggie Rose, Mannie Fresh – Laid Back
11. Granger Smith – Remington
12. Parmalee – Roots
13. Dan + Shay – Already Ready
14. Sam Outlaw – Jesus Take the Wheel (And Drive Me to a Bar)
15. Josh Williams – Always Have, Always Will
16. Lonesome River Band – Waiting on My Heart to Break
17. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – ‘Til it Does
18. Turnpike Troubadours – Time of Day
19. Kane Brown – There Goes My Everything
20. Andrew Sheppard – Take a Walk With Me
21. Morgane & Chris Stapleton – You Are My Sunshine


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