New Music Monday- Ashley Monroe’s New Album

To continue on my little “traditional country” kick, I looked into Ashley Monroe’s new album, Like a Rose.

Ashley is a member of The Pistol Annie’s, and her voice contributes wonderfully to the group’s sound, but her solo music has a fantastic sound as well. I am SO in love with her sound. It’s old-timey, but not outdated. She uses a perfect amount of musical elements to add some old-fashioned flair.

Here’s the video for the title track:

 

If you enjoy this song, you can find Ashley’s new album Like a Rose on iTunes here.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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Throwback Thursday: 10.18.12

Lately I’ve heard a lot of Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn’s solo music, and I won’t lie, it’s made me miss hearing them as Brooks and Dunn. They were a power duo, and it’s easy to know why when you listen to their music.

I love this song in particular because I have fond memories associated with it. When I was 12 or 13, my uncle took me out on his boat on a lake in Tennessee, and this song was blasting on the radio. Ever since then, I’ve tied this song to that feeling of the wind in my hair, driving that boat at full speed as a mist sprayed my face and the mountains opened up before my eyes…

… I’d love to be on that boat again right now, but I suppose I’ll have to settle for the memories of it that this song brings back. Hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to this Brooks and Dunn classic as well!

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Throwback Thursday: 10.11.12

Scotty McCreery performed at the Brad Paisley show that I never got the chance to write a review for, and he sang this song during his set. Scotty’s voice doesn’t have the same distintive sound that Travis’ does, but it was a fantastic cover of a classic song nonetheless. I remember hearing this one growing up, and I’m pretty sure I could sing it before I even knew what t-r-o-u-b-l-e would spell!

Song: “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”
Artist: Travis Tritt
Album: The Very Best of Travis Tritt

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

New Music Monday- Brad Paisley: Southern Comfort Zone

I saw Brad Paisley live in concert several weeks ago, but I’ve been so insanely busy that I never found the time to write a review for his incredible show. To make up for my lack of a review, I wanted to feature Brad’s rockin’ new song, “Southern Comfort Zone” this week!

I am a Southern girl through and through, and as soon as the song began, the voice-over tributes to all things Southern made me tear up with pride, especially Andy Griffith’s voice. I found the lyrics to be relatable to my transition to college– when I got here, I realized just how many different cultures are present in the world outside of my semi-rural Georgia bubble. I absolutely love that Brad chooses to convey complete respect and even awe– not ignorant hatred– for those who have been raised in a different culture than his own.

The musical sound of this song is certainly not typical of Brad Paisley’s signature feel, but nonetheless, I definitely don’t hate it. It has a driving, almost pop-rock beat to it, especially when the chorus kicks up with a prominent cymbal part. It does, however, have a swanky guitar interlude– I’m convinced that a Paisley song simply can’t be without one!

Just as he did in “This Is Country Music,” Brad Paisley has managed to honor a culture in “Southern Comfort Zone” that is very close to my heart, and I will always admire him as a songwriter for that ability.

If you haven’t listened to the song all the way through, I encourage you to watch the official lyric video and pay special attention to the lyrics as well as the extra voices lending some extra southern heart to this tune.

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

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

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

Throwback Thursday: 8.30.12

Alan Jackson’s version of “Pop a Top” is well-known among today’s generation of country fans, and before hearing Jim Ed Brown on the Opry, I didn’t know that Alan Jackson wasn’t the original singer of that song. Jim Ed Brown’s version peaked at number 3 on the Billboard chart in 1967 long before Alan Jackson’s version hit 32 years later.

Since we’re now in the year 2012, both versions can be considered a throwback! I hope you enjoy these two versions of a classic country song.

Song: “Pop a Top” (1967)
Artist: Jim Ed Brown
Album: Just Jim 

Song: “Pop a Top” (1999)
Artist: Alan Jackson
Album: Under the Influence

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

New Music Monday- Dustin Lynch’s Debut Album

Dustin Lynch’s debut album came out last Tuesday, the same day as JT Hodges’ debut album. I knew I wanted to blog about both, so this week it’s Dustin’s turn in the spotlight!

I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t yet heard anything from the new album other than “Cowboys and Angels,” but that song has easily stayed on my list of top ten favorites for this summer. I especially like the acoustic version I’ve heard a few times; in fact I may like it better than the slightly amped up radio version because it lets real talent shine through. Dustin’s voice has a unique sound that you don’t expect, and I can’t wait to explore the rest of the album and discover some more favorites.

With that being said, go check out Dustin’s new album on iTunes here, and relish in the lovely, perfectly-stripped-down, acoustic version of “Cowboys and Angels.”

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie

Throwback Thursday: 8.23.12

Did you know this song was released in 1999? It was. Did you also know that it’s still played on the radio? It’s true– I heard it just the other day. Talk about longevity. I personally think Keith Urban’s style is a lot better nowadays, but hey, he’s been playing good music all along, no matter what his appearance has been like. Go Keith!

Song: ”Where the Blacktop Ends”
Artist: Keith Urban
Album: Keith Urban

Keep talkin’ twangy!

-Allie