Typically, our summer playlist consists of good time, feel great tunes. You know, songs you can listen to on a boat or on the beach. But, this summer, some of our favorite songs are just too good to ignore, even if they are little bit sad. That's what country music is all about, anyway. Right?
If you spend a lot of time in hotel lobbies, waiting rooms or furniture stores, you may be familiar with the endless cycle of recycled tunes these establishments have agreed to play on a loop 24 hours a day until someone notices. Well, I've noticed.
With the summer months, comes beach-y rendezvous and road trips across the nation. If you're lucky, you can get lost on the open road, with the radio or mixtape blasting in the sweltering breeze. This year has already proven to be a great year in music and country has been especially strong. From mainstream acts like Little Big Town to Americana torchbearer Angaleena Presley, the format has lived up to its name. As we take a dive into summer (finally, after four grueling months of hot 'n cold uncertainty from Mother Nature), One Country digs up the five albums that are ripe for those long, hot nights.
Brad Paisley has an uncanny way of clipping thoughtful, often witty, commentary out of society and dropping it into his songwriting. Roger Miller and John Prine are obvious influences, but he has expanded themes of the American Heartland, such as the working class, religion and social stereotypes, to reach a new generation. Through numerous studio records, from his 1999 debut We Need Pictures to 2017's solid Love and War collection, he has commanded the airwaves with such classics as "He Didn't Have to Be," "Whiskey Lullaby" (with Alison Krauss), "Waitin' on a Woman" and more. But what about those deep tracks which often get overlooked in the digital age of instant downloads and streaming services? Well, they simply fade away into history--but many of them are among Paisley's best work.
Country music has become a broad genre encompassing everything from pop to bluegrass. It is easy to forget the roots of country-- the story telling and back country musicianship that laid the foundation for bigger pop names. American roots music is not as big as most country music, but the soul of the music is powerful.
If we're going to actively pursue getting John Mayer's new tune, "In The Blood" played on country radio, let's get a few other songs in the mix too.
We all love to share good music with our friends. We make playlists, mix tapes, and pass around the aux cord in the car to discover and share new music. But, few people compile "Do Not Listen" lists. Have you ever smelled something so gross you have to make your friends smell it to? That's what this segment of "The Tonight Show" is.