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October 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… October 2016.

1. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Calling My Children Home (Acapella)
2. Artists of Then, Now & Forever – Forever Country
3. Cody Johnson – With You I Am
4. Chris Lane – Let Me Love You
5. Dan + Shay – How Not To
6. Love and Theft – Candyland
7. Murphy Elmore – Damn Good Kisser
8. Hunter Hayes – Yesterday’s Song
9. Darius Rucker – If I Told You
10. Lee Ann Womack – I May Hate Myself in the Morning
11. Nikki Lane – Sleep With a Stranger
12. Whitey Morgan – Just to Satisfy You
13. Dwight Yoakam – These Arms
14. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & John Prine – Paradise (Live)
15. The Mavericks – Harvest Moon (Live)
16. Whiskey Myers – Stone
17. Margo Price – Desperate and Depressed
18. Ronnie Dunn & Kix Brooks – Damn Drunk
19. Randy Rogers Band & Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski – Look Out Yonder
20. O’Connor Band & Mark O’Connor – Always Do
21. Sara Evans & Todd Chrisley – Infinite Love


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