Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Briana Tyson - "Moonshine"
Brother Dege - "Too Old To Die Young"
Tyler Hilton - "Indian Summer"
Kelleigh Bannen - "Smoke When I Drink"
SHEL - "Sleigh Ride"
Annie Bosko - "Crooked Halo"
Morgan Shaughnessy - "February Moon"
MaryLeigh Roohan - "Oh Brother"
Larkin Poe - "Don't"
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
1. Ray Benson and Willie Nelson- “It Ain’t You” Written by Waylon Jennings and going unrecorded for decades, this little tune about getting old but still feeling you fits like a perfect glove for two country legends like Ray Benson and Willie Nelson. Self-reflective and aware of their own mortality, the message delivered by the duo couldn’t be more appropriate.
2. Reagan Boggs and Dave Coleman- “You Deserve Better” Reagan Boggs was riding a wave of critical acclaim when in 2009 she gave birth to her first son. Priorities changed and the Virginia native began to shift her focus on family as she took a break from a near constant touring schedule. She landed back this year with a brand new album called Quicksand that had this fantastic little heartbreaker gem.
3. Sara Evans and Vince Gill- “Better Off” “‘Better Off’ is a stone-cold country song and Vince Gill is never better singing harmony behind Evans’ emotive vocals. Says Evans about the track, “It’s exactly how I was trained to sing as a child, starting off in bluegrass,” she adds. “Like, my mother is gonna cry when she hears this song.”
4. Jimmy Rankin and Alison Krauss- “Flames” Rankin is a member of the famed Canadian family band known as The Rankin Family and Krauss has graced this list every year it’s been done. Her haunting background vocals just might be able to be added to every song I listened to and I might never get tired of them.
5. Drew Kennedy and Lori McKenna- “Rose of Jericho” Not a true duet by definition, Kennedy and McKenna wrote this song together and released separate versions on each of their own albums: Kennedy on his live album, Sad Songs Happily Played, and McKenna on her amazing project, Numbered Doors. It’s so good, we’ll make it an exception on this list. Because it’s our list. We can make up rules as we go along.
6. Ronnie Milsap and Mandy Barnett- “You Make Me Feel Brand New” Drawn from Milsap’s Summer Number Seventeen- on which he pays homage to many of the songs that influenced him during his own formative years- this Stylistics cover is made all that much better with underappreciated Nashville veteran Barnett.
7. Kacey Musgraves and Loretta Lynn- CMA Awards Performance of “You’re Lookin’ at Country” With most of today’s country awards show more interested in having pop/rock stars take center stage to satisfy some bizarre inferiority complex that they have with the country music industry, it was incredibly refreshing to see throwback Musgraves take the stage with legend Loretta Lynn at this year’s CMA Awards in front of a Grand Ole Opry background.
8. Charles Esten and Lennon and Maisy- “Believing” The ABC television series has quietly put out some of the strongest soundtrack material over the last couple of years- a testament to the music director and series producer- and this track featuring actor Charles Esten and Canadian child prodigies Lennon and Maisy shows just how.
9. Trisha Yearwood and Kelly Clarkson- “Prizefighter” That Yearwood could come back with new material and it not make a dent on the music charts or on the general country music psyche is one of the great disappointments of the year. The fact that she can add the impeccable background of vocals of Kelly Clarkson and still not do so is a darn near tragedy.
10. Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe- “Lonely Tonight” - So it’s a big sweeping ballad that sounds like it came straight out of Diane Warren’s movie soundtrack vault. Any reason to have songstress Ashley Monroe a little country music radio airplay is a good enough reason to put it on this list for us.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The 13-song set is in many ways a sequel to Moorer and Greenberg’s second collaboration, the acclaimed 2000 album The Hardest Part. At the time of its release, Moorer often acknowledged the inspiration her parents’ relationship had on that album. Fifteen years later, she’s sifting eloquently through her modern day life as the inspiration for Down To Believing’s intensely personal song cycle.
The recording of Down To Believing began in January of 2012, the same month her son John Henry received a formal diagnosis of autism. The song “Mama Let The Wolf In,” is her response to that diagnosis. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Moorer said of the song, “As a parent, whatever your children go through I think there’s a certain amount of it that you feel responsible for, even if you know that it has nothing to do with you…When you can’t protect them from going through something that’s hard, you feel responsible for it…Basically the song is channeling that energy and expressing that extreme frustration at not being able to protect him. It makes me feel very powerless.” Of the title track, one about the dissolution of her marriage to singer songwriter Steve Earle, Moorer says, ‘“Down To Believing’ is quite possibly one of my best songs, one of the most honest songs about marriage.” She continues, “Obviously, this is a record about family and relationships. ‘Blood’ is about my sister (singer songwriter Shelby Lynne). It’s about loving someone unconditionally and always having your arms open to them no matter what. Being able to reflect on your own experience and put it in a common language so that people can commune is what the job of a songwriter is. I’m prouder of these songs than any I’ve ever written.”
Moorer’s 1998 song, “A Soft Place To Fall,” was included on the soundtrack to the feature film The Horse Whisperer, which led to an appearance in the film itself, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. The opportunity gained her worldwide attention and set the stage for her career. Moorer has been featured on releases by Joan Baez, Kid Rock, The Chieftains, while her songs have appeared on records by Miranda Lambert, Steve Earle and more. She starred in the 2008 play Rebel Voices, based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s best-selling book Voices of a People’s History of The United States and also appeared in the 2009 film The People Speak. The film was presented by the History Channel and was inspired by Zinn’s A People’s History of The Unites States. It also featured Bob Dylan, Morgan Freeman, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Matt Damon, and more. Moorer will be performing the new songs during the popular 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, FL in January before she heads to Scotland for the Celtic Connections Festival. The first leg of the Down To Believing tour will begin the week of release (Please see tour dates below).
Down To Believing Track List:
Like It Used To Be
I Lost My Crystal Ball
Down To Believing
Tear Me Apart
If I Were Stronger
Mama Let The Wolf In
I’m Doing Fine
Back Of My Mind
Have You Ever Seen The Rain
Gonna Get It Wrong
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Marc Cohn promised it wouldn't be another seven years before he released his next song like this one that was just released this week: "The Coldest Corner in the World." The sweet voice behind favorites like "Walking in Memphis" and "Walk Through This World" hopes to release some additional new music in 2015. Take a listen below and let us know what you think.