Ten tracks that shaped my love for country
Growing up with parents who have completely different musical tastes than you can be a little stressful at times. Sure, at some point throughout the day you can lock yourself in your room and blast that new album you have been anxiously anticipating. But sooner then you would like there is a knock at your door signaling your most dreaded time of the day. Dinner. Multiple times a week we would head into town to fill our bellies, which I loved. What I did not love was the fact that I had to endure a minimum of thirty minutes of my mom’s twangy country music blaring from the speakers. Then, one day, the most horrible thing happened. I caught myself singing along to a country song. *shudders* When had this happened!? I was the tough rocker chick who didn’t care about cowboy hats or riding horses into the wild blue yonder, and yet here I was singing horrible car karaoke with my mom. Looking back now I realize that it was a few artists and songs in particular who actually sparked my love for the country genre.
Shania Twain – “Any Man of Mine”
As soon as the drums kick in on this song, you can’t help but to wiggle your hips and begin to dance. Shania’s words about the perfect guy definitely gets you daydreaming about the perfect guy who absolutely loves it when you burn his dinner, or when you’re late to a date because you couldn’t decide what to wear. Shania also goes to prove that you don’t have to be from the south to be a country artist. That’s right, one of my favorite country singers is actually from Canada!
Conway Twitty – “Tight Fittin Jeans”
Although Conway was way before my time, he was a staple of my love for country. Who doesn’t love a man who appreciates curves? Not to mention, we all have that pair of jeans that we haven’t fit into in years but we devotedly keep hung in the closet just in case. Listening to this song you can literally imagine that good-looking man spinning a women around the dance floor. Honorable mentions for Mr. Twitty’s songs include “I’d Love to Lay You Down” and of course “Hello Darlin’”
Randy Travis – “Deeper Than The Holler”
Of course I couldn’t go without bringing up one of my favorite country artists of all time. “Deeper Than The Holler” was one of the first tracks I heard from this amazing artist. I admit his southern accent was one of the things that drew me into the song.; I’m a sucker for accents and deep voices. Add on to the fact that this is an adorable love song, and I was sold. I actually played this song so much that my mom got annoyed. Achievement unlocked is all I’ll say on that subject.
Reba McEntire – “The Night The Lights Went out in Georgia”
Lynyrd Skynyrd isn’t the only group who knows how to perform a good ballad. “The Night The Lights Went out in Georgia” is a song about a little sister who did what most little sisters do: Protect their big brothers. The main character of the song finds out her brother’s wife is cheating on him, so naturally she kills her and her lover. Unfortunately, the brother who is protecting his little sister, gets blamed for the murder and is later hung. Yeah, it’s a sad song but her vocals are amazing!! Once again her accent helped draw me into the song, along with the fact that I could imagine the who scenario going down in my head.
Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y”
Now the name of this track may make you think that it’s a song about religion, but it’s actually a song about loving someone so much that you want to worship them. The lyrics compare the subject of the song to a river where they were washed away of all their demons and transgressions. What’s more romantic than being someone’s everything? I fell in love with Florida Georgia Line when I first heard their song “Cruise,” which later got an amazing remix featuring one of my favorite rap artists Nelly. Needless to say, the remix hit the country music scene at first with a little worry which then progressed into love. You literally couldn’t listen to a country of current hits music station without hearing it.
Zac Brown Band – “Knee Deep”
The first time I heard of the Zac Brown Band I was on my way to my friends wedding in Myrtle Beach. Getting into the beach groove, my bestie played her beach mix and I fell completely in love! The song has a very Jimmy Buffett feel to even in the first few seconds of the song. The lyrics are talking about sitting in the sun, letting the waves wash your troubles away, and just enjoying the moment. Imagine my surprise when I actually heard Jimmy Buffett’s voice later in the track. Zac Brown Band have definitely made an impact on my Top Rated which I’m sure I will be jamming to years from now.
Home Free – “Honey, I’m Good”
You may recognise the title of this song originally performed by Andy Grammer. However, I stumbled upon this amazing cover sometime in January and let me tell you this group of guys quickly wiggled their way into my heart and headphones. What is so special about Home Free is that they are an acapella group. That’s right, everything you hear in their songs including the insane beats and bass lines are all done by the human voice! This five piece group from Mankato, Minnesota are definitely making their presence known in the country world with their covers of hits like “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, “My Church” by Maren Morris, and even an originally mash up about butts.
Tim McGraw – “I Like It, I Love It”
This track in an oldie but goodie in my books. Originally released on January 15th 1994, while Tim was still rocking that eighties moustache. When I first heard this song I was probably six or seven years old and the lyrics “I like it, I love it, I want some more of it” made me believe this song was actually written about chicken nuggets instead of the actual subject. The wail of the guitar the first few seconds of the song give the track a grungy rock feel before hitting the country vibe with a vengeance.
Trisha Yearwood – “She’s in Love With The Boy”
Trisha seemed to know exactly what I was feeling back in high school when my mom wasn’t to thrilled with my boyfriend at the time. What did I care though, I was in love and no one was going to tell me otherwise. The track goes on to explain how a young woman’s family doesn’t like her boyfriend and thinks she can do way better. The young couple doesn’t care what everyone else thinks because they know they are meant for each other. When the couple comes in way after curfew the girl’s father is about to lose his temper when her mom steps in to remind her husband that her father had the same opinions about him that he was having about his daughter’s boyfriend. The song to me is a gentle reminder that we are all young and hopelessly in love at some point in our lives, we may as well enjoy it while it lasts.
John Michael Montgomery – “Sold”
Now I don’t know about y’all, but growing up I spent many a night with PawPaw at local auctions and I was always amazed at how fast the auctioneers could talk. I admit I tried it once or twice which got a good laugh from my family. “Sold” takes place at a cattle auction where the guy sets his eyes on the most beautiful women in the place. He then proceeds to confess his love. This song is very upbeat and makes you want to throw on a cowboy hat and hit the town.