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May 2012 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… May 2012.

1. Punch Brothers – This Girl
2. Walt Wilkins – Wrapped
3. Jon Pardi – Missin’ You Crazy
4. Aaron Lewis – Endless Summer
5. John Berry – She’s Taken a Shine
6. Joe Nichols – Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off
7. Tanya Tucker – It’s a Little Too Late
8. Merle Haggard – The Bottle Let Me Down
9. Waylon Jennings – Luckenbach, Texas
10. Patsy Cline – San Antonio Rose
11. Keith Whitley – Miami, My Amy
12. Hal Ketchum – I Miss My Mary
13. Sawyer Brown – The Walk
14. Clay Walker – This Woman and This Man
15. Billy Gale – Lucky Girl
16. Joe Diffie – Texas Size Heartache
17. Turnpike Troubadours – Wrecked
18. Marty Stewart & Lorrie Carter Bennett – A Song of Sadness
19. Heidi Newfield – Why’d You Have to Be So Good
20. Jo Dee Messina – Bring on the Rain
21. David Kersh – Goodnight Sweetheart
22. Red Sovine & Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why
23. Hank Williams – Wedding Bells


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