Throwback Thursday: 9.20.12

This week has been nonstop madness for me, so I chose this song because I can truly relate to it! This is another one of those songs that I remember hearing countless times as a youngster, probably due in large part to the fact that my parents loved Alabama (and still do!). But I ain’t complainin’!

If you– like me– are “in a hurry to get things done” and you’ve been “rushin’ ’til life’s no fun” lately, take a few minutes to slow down and enjoy a classic Alabama song. I promise you won’t regret it!

Song: “I’m In a Hurry (And Don’t Know Why)”
Artist: Alabama
Album: 16 Biggest Hits

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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New Music Monday- Bucky Covington: Good Guys

In light of Keith Urban’s acceptance of a position as a judge on American Idol (read about it on Taste of Country here!), I thought it would only be fitting to honor an American Idol veteran this week!

Bucky Covington’s single “I Wanna Be That Feeling” was released in December, but I’ve only recently heard it on the radio. His album, Good Guys, was released last Tuesday, and to me, it sounds more pop and rock bent than his past releases, but it’s still solid even though it lacks some of the traditional sound that we heard from songs such as “A Different World.” One of my personal favorites from the new album is “A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How)” simply because it’s sweet and relatable.

If you enjoy the video for “I Wanna Be That Feeling,” then be sure to check out the People Country playlist for the month of September (find it here) to download “Drinking Side of Country” from Good Guys as well as several other current songs from country artists… all for free!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Throwback Thursday: 9.13.12

When I’m in Athens, my radio is almost always on 106.1 WNGC simply because they not only play Nashville’s latest and greatest, but they also play a good amount of older music, including the 90s country I grew up listening to. I most definitely don’t have anything against current country hits, but there’s something about the sound of 90s country that I can’t get enough of. I think I’m partial to it because its sound is embedded in my soul… or at least in my childhood memories 🙂

Sammy Kershaw released this song the year I was born, and it’s one of those songs that’s been stored in my subconscious mind for heaven knows how many years because I quite literally grew up hearing it. I hadn’t heard it in quite a while until I moved to Athens last year, and now I hear it on the radio quite often. With that fiddle line and Sammy Kershaw’s distinctive voice, how could it not get stuck in my head from time to time? I can’t say that I mind it!

Song: “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful”
Artist: Sammy Kershaw
Album: Haunted Heart

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

 

Kenney Chesney in Athens– who knew?

Today in one of my music business classes, the talent buyer from the 40 Watt Club here in Athens, Georgia came and spoke about her job and the business of venue management in general. As she talked about booking bigger names, she casually mentioned that Kenny Chesney had played at the 40 Watt. I was completely unaware of this, but I now know that his video with Uncle Kracker for “When the Sun Goes Down” was partially filmed in the 40 Watt! If you look in the background, you can see a sign in the video that’s inside the 40 Watt and carries its name.

Hopefully, Dierks Bentley’s video for “Tip It On Back” will be released soon, and I can share with you my rise to stardom (kidding!) as it begins with an appearance as an extra in that video. That video was also filmed in a legendary Athens venue, the Georgia Theatre (read the whole story here!).

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Throwback Thursday: 9.6.12

Well, CMA nominations have been announced, and because Blake Shelton is nominated for entertainer of the year, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the days in which his hair was long (and lovely…?). This song was released in 2001, so it really isn’t THAT old, but he looks quite young in the video. I love the sound of it, but I also appreciate this song from a songwriting perspective because the answering machine element is a cool, creative way to tell a story.

So, without further ado, let us all appreciate the music– and luscious locks, of course– of a young Mr. Shelton.

Song: “Austin”
Artist: Blake Shelton
Album: Blake Shelton

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

New Music Monday- Darius Rucker

I saw Darius Rucker with Lady Antebellum and Thompson Square twice this year, and I think it’s safe to say I’m becoming a fan. I heard his latest single, “True Believers” on the radio for the first time this weekend, and it’s got that sincere appreciation of life that’s becoming Darius’ signature theme, in my opinion. The song paints a picture of everything that the people in a relationship– specifically in a marriage– go through to get where they are, and he’s definitely showing serious respect for marriage as the union of two souls. I love that he chooses to acknowledge that a husband and wife are one before God.

Musically, the song has Darius’ typical upbeat, bright sound that compliments his voice nicely. I have a feeling it’s another one to add to his growing list of heartfelt hits.

There isn’t yet a video for this song, but I really love his video for “This,” particularly because it was filmed in one of my favorite venues… none other than the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville! Until the rest of Darius’ new album comes out, go here to find “True Believers” on iTunes.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie