“Be Here Now”…Country Style

“Be Here Now”…Country Style

Current hit:  "Slow Down Summer" by Thomas Rhett   Linked to:  "Time In A Bottle" by Jim Croce/1973   Because:  Both songs are ballads, and both are nostalgic reflections about time: how quickly it passes, a reminder to savor the moment,  longing for a less hectic...

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Annual Country Music Awards on TV Tonight

Annual Country Music Awards on TV Tonight

Current hit:  "Come Back as a Country Boy" by Blake Shelton Linked to:  "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" by John Denver / 1975Because:  Both songs exult Country music  and the Country lifestyle.Pop star John Denver  whooped with delight at being a "Country boy" and his...

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The Morgan Wallen Brouhaha

The Morgan Wallen Brouhaha

Current hit:  "Sand In My Boots"  by Morgan Wallen Linked to: "Sand in my Shoes" by the Drifters/1964 Because:  The titles are so similar we couldn't resist connecting them, even though the two songs don't sound remotely alike. "Sand In My Boots" is well written and...

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The Novelty Sensation of 2021!

The Novelty Sensation of 2021!

"Fancy Like" by Walker Hayes Linked to:  "Country Is" by Tom T. Hall/1974 Because:  Both songs attempt to define what "Country" is. To Hayes, it's socio-economic: where you eat, what you drive. His song is bouncy, made to dance and sing along... Oh, don't need no...

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New “Corny” Country Song Rings True

New “Corny” Country Song Rings True

Current Hit:  "Buy Dirt" by Jordan Davis, featuring Luke BryanLinked to:  "I'm In A Hurry (And Don't Know Why)" by Alabama /1992 Because:  Both songs bemoan modern life's frantic pace and remind listeners to s-l-o-w down and appreciate traditional values i.e. raising...

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“If I Didn’t Love You”

“If I Didn’t Love You”

Current Hit:     "If I Didn't Love You" by Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood Linked to:        "It's Your Love" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill /1997 Because:          Both songs explore the emotional underpinnings of love. "If I Didn't Love You" has explosive vocals, a...

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Her Heart is  Colder Than His Cold Beer!

Her Heart is Colder Than His Cold Beer!

Luke Comb's been a Country singer/songwriting star since 2017, when his  "Hurricane" hit big; along the way, he's reaped a wall of awards. Currently, he's working on his third album, but it's a cut from his 2020  CMA  and ACM "Album Of Year" winner, "What You See is...

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A “black haired beauty with big dark eyes”

A “black haired beauty with big dark eyes”

"Nights Moves" is a "classic rock" classic, and Country star Eric Church's "Heart on Fire" captures the same melodic texture as Bob Seger's 1976 rocker, racing to #36 on the Country chart just weeks after release, confirming why he's the reigning CMA "Entertainer of...

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Times Have Changed.  But Not That Much.

Times Have Changed. But Not That Much.

In 1968, the early years of the modern feminist movement, 22 y/o Dolly Parton’s “Just Because I’m a Woman,” her desire-cum-demand for acceptance and equal treatment, reached top 25 on Billboard’s Country chart, and while times have changed—(hello, Kamala...

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