As we near the end of 2016, it's only fitting that One Country shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists. Like you, we are kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we're putting our own spin on a few!

This year was full of, well, everything-- we lost Merle Haggard, Beyonce appeared at the CMA Awards, and Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year. You name it and it happened. Through each of these moments, sad or joyful, we fell more and more in love with country music this year. But, yes, a few captured our hearts and attention a little more than others.

7 Country Music Moments That Made Us Love Country Music Even More in 2016:

1. "Forever Country"
The "Forever Country" video was hands down the most magical thing to happen to country music this year and just about any year before it. Thirty artists, three songs and one incredible video. It just doesn't get any better than this.


2. George Strait at Gruene Hall
I was lucky enough to be apart of the small crowd for George Strait's first show at Gruene Hall in 34 years. I've never experienced anything like it. They call him The King for a reason and seeing him live at such a small, iconic venue made me love him and country music a lot.


3. Carrie Underwood's Drum Solo
This was Carrie Underwood's year from start to finish, but her performance of "Church Bells" during the ACM Awards was one of her best live performances of all-time. She commanded the stage and stole the show. I will be talking about this drum solo for years to come. What's not to love about it?



4. Sharing the Stage With Dierks Bentley
Sometimes, you get to go to a Dierks Bentley show and sometimes, Dierks invites you out on stage. Even fewer times, Dierks takes your selfie stick and takes a video of himself. Dierks' show was energetic, fun and just plain entertaining. I was a Dierks fan before, but probably became a lifer after getting to sing on stage with him.


5. Eric Church's Cover of "Hallelujah"
Don't get me wrong, 2016 featured several amazing performances from Eric Church singing his own stuff, but his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" stopped me in my tracks more than once.


6. Lori McKenna Winning Song of the Year (Again)
Lori McKenna is not only an incredible songwriter, she's the living embodiment of being "Humble and Kind." With her win for CMA Song of the Year this year, she became the first female to ever win back-to-back Song of the Year trophies. She's the first solo writer to win since 2011 and the first repeat winner since Vince Gill did it in 1991 and 1992. McKenna is the ultimate success story and someone you can't help but love and cheer on. On top of that, she released a top notch solo album, The Bird and the Rifle, that'll also make you love country music.



7. Brad Paisley's Tribute to Randy Travis

Few people love and respect country music and those who came before him like Brad Paisley, so it was only fitting that he help pay tribute to Randy Travis during the Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Paisley's performance of "Forever and Ever, Amen" was reverent, touching and good.

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Ron McNeil and Georgia Lyons recently filed a lawsuit in federal court stating that, Carrie Underwood and her co-writers on "Something in the Water" stole the song from them.

Their lawsuit reads, "the hook on the infringing work, as released on the album, is structurally and lyrically identical, and substantially similar melodically to plaintiffs' composition of the same title."

The duo is also claiming they sent the song to Underwood, but "never heard back" and then she released the song.

Ummm...okay, now something's fishy.

Carrie Underwood probably gets sent a song every 2 hours from songwriters. Lots of those songwriters probably "don't hear back." She's Carrie Underwood.

You know what else is fishy? Ol' Ron McNeil's website. I know I work for the Internet and might have more knowledge on websites than a lot of people, but this is not the website of a hit songwriter.

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Kelsea Ballerini's "High School" is Definitely About a Guy You Know

There's not going to be a sophomore slump for Kelsea Ballerini, not even when it comes to the song, "High School."

The tune is off Ballerini's upcoming Unapologetically and is the third release from the project. Her current single "Legends" is in the Top 30 at country radio.

Ballerini's "High School" is a songwriter's song-- a bittersweet, slow, nostalgic tune written solo by Ballerini. It's her "Better Man."

Ballerini wrote the song in her hometown bedroom to make sure she should could still do it on her own, ""When you write a song by yourself, there's a different level of vulnerability that you can tap into...I started relying on other people's creativity so much that I stopped believing in myself enough to write a song by myself," she told Time.

Though much of Unapologetically is about a rough breakup and finding love with Morgan Evans, "High School" is more of a reflection on how much Ballerini has changed since moving to Nashville, getting a record deal and racking up three No. 1 singles, "it's not necessarily about the boy that the song is referring to: it's about that moment when you realize you've outgrown your young self. You've changed, and you've evolved and you don't fit somewhere anymore."

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Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood Go Head To Head on "Does He Love You" During 40th Opry Debut Celebration

Forty years ago, Reba McEntire made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Last night she celebrated that milestone with surprise appearances from Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. Her good friend Vince Gill hosted the show.

McEntire, who made her debut on September 17, 1977, recalled the momentous occasion saying, "It was a lot of fun. It was nerve-wracking; it was scary. This means the world to me. It's been a wonderful 40 years. I couldn't have done it without you, and I wouldn't have wanted to!"

Underwood surprised the crowd by performing her hits "Wasted," "Church Bells" and "I Told You So." She then took the stage for a duet with McEntire on a stunning rendition of the 1993 hit "Does He Love You." "It's always an honor to be on this stage, especially tonight. You are an inspiration to us all," Underwood told the legendary singer.

Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntirePhoto by Rachael Black/Grand Ole Opry

When Parton took the stage, she recalled McEntire's special night forty years ago. It just so happened that the "9to5" singer was making a surprise appearance on the Opry that same night. As a result, McEntire had to cut her performance down to one song.

"I just wanted to give it back to you tonight ... and say hello and congratulations and how much I love you," Parton said to McEntire. This time around, Parton was on hand to present a three-tier cake to McEntire in celebration of her big night.

As Gill hosted the show, he shared some kind words for his good buddy saying, "She's an old, sweet, dear friend of mine, "There's not many people you can guarantee they've got your back. And this is one of my best friends in the world."

Congratulations Reba. Here's to 40 more!

Opry celebrations continue into October with the Opry's 92nd Birthday October 6 & 7 and the induction of its newest member, Chris Young, on October 17.

Vince Gill and Reba McEntirePhoto by Rachael Black/Grand Ole Opry

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Eric Church Releases Second Set of 30 Live Recordings With More To Come

Eric Church's 61 Days in Church project is in full swing.

The singer has recorded over 200 live performances from his 61-date Holdin' My Own Tour and he's releasing the recordings to the public. Church initially released 30 live recordings from various stops across North America on Sept. 1 and has now released 30 more songs. That's a lot of songs, with more to come.

The songs performed by Church consist of catalogue cuts and singles as well as cover songs inspired by each tour stop.

"I had so much fun learning songs that were unique to whatever city we found ourselves in," Church said. "I learned a lot about each place, and it was special to see the crowd react to the songs that were only for them. I'm glad we recorded it and can relive it forever."

The North Carolina native partnered with Apple Music to release over 100 live recordings. The songs will be available on Apple for a two-week period and will then become available on all streaming services. Physical releases of all the songs will be made available soon.

30 New Live Recordings Released

  1. "I'm Gettin' Stoned"
  2. "It Makes No Difference"
  3. "Drink In My Hand"
  4. "Alberta"
  5. "Smoke a Little Smoke" (Acoustic)
  6. "Sundown"
  7. "Chattanooga Lucy" (feat. Joanna Cotten)
  8. "Get Up Jake"
  9. "Don't Do It"
  10. "Like Jesus Does" (feat. Joanna Cotten)
  11. "Up On Cripple Creek"
  12. "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag"
  13. "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man"
  14. "Creepin'"
  15. "My Town"
  16. "Livin' Part of Life"
  17. "Ophelia"
  18. "The Hard Way"
  19. "Memphis Medley" (How I Got to Memphis/Walking in Memphis)
  20. "Kill a Word" (feat. Joanna Cotten)
  21. "Better Man"
  22. "Lightning" (Acoustic)
  23. "Jolene"
  24. "Can't Take It With You"
  25. "Portland" (feat. Joanna Cotten)
  26. "Mr. Misunderstood"
  27. "The Shape I'm In"
  28. "Hell On the Heart"
  29. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
  30. "Young and Wild"

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That's why Chesney created Love for Love City Foundation. The foundation was started to identify pressing local needs, create opportunities for companies to donate supplies, food, physical goods or transport and people to contribute to the ongoing rebuilding of the islands.

"Getting supplies in is hard. Finding places for workers to stay is even harder now that Hurricane Maria has done so much damage to St. Croix," Chesney says. "Because it's so hard to get even the basic supplies in, let alone the news media, people really aren't seeing how devastating these hurricanes have been."

Chesney has already been doing everything he can to help out, including using his private plane to transport supplies such as, food, water, medical supplies, generators, tools, clothes, tarps and camping equipment, to those in need. The plane was also useful when Chesney transported two teen boys, who were stranded, over to the states to be with their mother.

"With all the crisis across the country, it's so easy to feel overwhelmed, or to respond to the first person who reaches out. In St. John and the other surrounding islands, there is so much more to the needs than just materials," Chesney adds. "We have to get the equipment necessary there… We need to figure out how to shelter workers rebuilding the community… We have to understand, too, that entire communities have been wiped out. Right now, making sure the people in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands aren't forgotten in all the other equally troubling stories is critical."

The "Living in Fast Forward" singer wants everyone to know that Love for Love City is the sole charity that he is affiliated with. Other charities claiming to be associated with or working with the singer are not to be trusted.

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