Wednesday, July 5, 2017

That Nashville Sound's Best Songs of 2017 (So Far)

The first half of 2017 has been another fabulous year of country music. Traditional country, bluegrass, modern country and Americana are all represented well and this list proves that out- we’ve cast a wide net over that definition of roots-oriented music.  Earlier this week, we unveiled our top albums from the first half of 2017, but here we tackle our favorite songs. Few are radio singles. But you probably knew that already if you read this site.

Here are the rules by which this list was selected. It had to be released off an album that was released in 2017, is an independent release not on any other project, or is an already-released single off a to-be-released album. If the album came out in 2016 or before, it couldn’t be included- even if it wasn't released as a single until 2017.

Let us hear what you think. Anything we missed? Without further ado, here is That Nashville Sound’s Top Songs of 2017 (so far). Each song is linked so you can hear it for yourself by clicking on the link.

The Very Best:

1.      Sunny Sweeney“Bottle By My Bed” - What stands out as her most astounding musical achievement is the heart-wrenching, emotional powerhouse, honest and autobiographical "Bottle By The Bed." Written about her battle with miscarriage and difficulty conceiving, it easily shows how tragedy can transform a piece of art and give it a substance filled with pain, guilt and regret that oozes from every pore of this song. It makes you ache listening to this song.

2.       Jason Eady“Waiting to Shine” – There are several songs off his outstanding self-titled album that could take this spot, but this particular track stands out above all others. The ultimate singer-songwriter sings of chasing the ultimate song and it's absolute perfection. Eady has done it again with a project that digs deep with a production that allows that storytelling to breathe.

3.       John Mayer“In the Blood” – So it wasn’t officially released as a county single, but some life breathed into it by Sirius XM has uncovered this nugget that has more country roots than more singles played on that station. The song debates just how much we actually control our destiny or how much it controls us. It’s deep nature vs nurture stuff.

4.       Liz Rose“Grocery Money” – She’s written smash hits for the likes of Little Big Town and Taylor Swift, but Rose takes the center stage for the first time this year on her solo debut. And she hits it out of the park on this track about how a Mom turned a weekly shopping trip into a lifetime of special memories for her daughter despite barely making ends meet. This might be the finest image painted in lyrics on any release this year.

Cream of the Crop:

Jason Eady“Where I’ve Been”
Jason Eady“Not Too Loud”
Love & Theft“Love Wins”
Steve Moakler“Wheels”
Chris Stapleton“Second One To Know”
Tony Jackson“The Grand Tour”
Glen Campbell“Just Like Always”
Jason Isbell“White Mans’ World”
Jason Isbell“If We Were Vampires”
Pistol Annies“Tulsa Time”
Carly Pearce“Every Little Thing”

Upper Crust:

Jennifer Paige – “January”
John Baumann“Old Stone Church”
Saints Eleven (featuring Courtney Patton)“Let Them Go”
Candi Carpenter“Burn the Bed”
Aaron Watson“Run Wild Horses”
Band of Heathens“All I’m Asking”
Jason Eady“Black Jesus”
Jason Eady“Barrabas”
Sunny Sweeney“Pass the Pain”
The Mavericks“Damned (If You Do)”
Joey Feek“See You There”
Trace Adkins“Watered Down”
Brad Paisley (with John Fogerty)“Love and War”
Chris Stapleton“Either Way”
Tony Jackson“Old Porch Swing”
Maggie Rose“Body on Fire”
Jake Worthington“A Lot of Room To Talk”
Ray Scott – “Growin’ Old”
Scotty McCreery“Five More Minutes”
Natalie Hemby“Cairo, IL”
Brantley Gilbert“Three Feet of Water”

Best of the Rest:

Tony Jackson“They Lived It Up”
Lady Antebellum“Hurt”
Steve Moakler“Steel Town”
Lila McCann – “Still Choose You”
Little Big Town“Drivin’ Around”
Marty Stuart – “Air Mail Special”
Marty Stuart“Wait for the Morning”
Joey Feek“Southern Girl”
Chris Stapleton“Broken Halos”
Zac Brown Band“My Old Man”
Natalie Hemby“Worn”

1 comment:

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