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Friday Jam Session: Recent Country Releases

I don’t know why, but warmer weather always put me in the mood for country music and so when the weather starts transitioning from spring to summer, I always find myself looking for new country music to add to my playlists.

Now before all of you country purists see this list and get all worked up… ya’ll just cool your jets.

I am admittedly a purist (*also see snobby) about a lot of things, but when it comes to country music I pretty much am a fan of all of it.

I think George is the king, I was born and raised in the 90’s and Kris Kristofferson’s “The Austin Sessions” is one of my all-time favorite albums. Until streaming became a thing, I owned every Kenny Chesney album to date, I did one of my high school AP English Language and Comp projects on Johnny Cash and I spent every extra penny I had in college (and then some) going to every red dirt and Texas country concert that came to town. My point is that I don’t think country music has just one sound, and I think some of the styles that have become popular in the last decade or so have a place too, and I personally like quite a bit of it. So if you don’t like it, don’t listen to it. Problem solved.

So now that we have that out of the way… I have been adding to and loving this playlist of recent country releases over the whole past month. For the most part, quite a bit of it was released in 2018, but there are a some from 2017 that I didn’t find until just recently. But if its from a relatively new artist, chances are it took a while for the song to pick up and hitting its stride just in time for summer isn’t a bad thing.

Hope you enjoy it! Let me know what’s new that you’ve been jamming to!

Also, wishing everyone a fun, safe holiday weekend! This always feels like the unofficial start of summer, but it is also important to remember that this weekend is a time to honor and remember those who aren’t with us anymore, and especially those who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

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See ALL past Friday Jam Session posts HERE.

Rainy Days
British Artists
90’s  Country
Post Break Up
Motivation
Favorite Albums in 2017

Music - What I'm Listening To

Friday Jam Session Vol. 21

I love music. My taste is very diverse — continually being shaped by an unique combination of people, places and experiences. I never try to pawn myself off as someone who “knows music,” because I have too much respect for those who do. I did dance and took piano lessons growing up, but trust me, you do NOT want to hear me sing. But music is a topic that I never tire of and I love swapping recommendations. Please join in and share your own picks! View past posts HERE.
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Friday Jam Session

Yeah, so the past few weeks just weren’t happening on the music/blogging front. I usually work on these post throughout the week, but I kept getting to Thursday evenings with nothing started and no motivated to bust one out in one night. My sticky notes in my planner and notes in my phone were getting a bit ridiculous though so I’m back at it.

1.Favorite New (new-to-me) Artist/Band
Eric Paslay

Eric Paslay isn’t actually all that new to me, he’s one of those country song writing- turned artists that I’ve listened to since his very first single, “Never Really Wanted.” I sometimes wonder how its possible to continue to find what I think are fresh, unique sounds in country music, but I’ve loved everything that this guy has put out so far. His entire debut album is worth a listen with my favorites, “Keep On Fallin”She Don’t Love You”  and “Deep As It Is Wide” ( a remake of the original song he cut with Amy Grant and Sheryl Crow.) Right now I’m obsessed with his new single above, “High Class.”

2.Jam I Have on Repeat
Hello – Adele

I’m pretty sure most of the world hasn’t taken this off of repeat.

3.Favorite Collaboration, Cover, Remix or Mashup
 I Know Places – Vance Joy ( original by Taylor Swift)

I swear I really do try to focus on not repeating too many artists each week, but obviously my love for Vance Joy knows no end. This was my initial favorite off of T-Swift’s 1989 and Joy’s stripped down version just sounds so beautifully sad and I don’t think its meant to be a sad song.

Whatever, I’m pretty sure Vance Joy is what angels sound like…

4.Favorite Spotify List
 Heartland Drive – Spotify

Guys, this is a solid list. Country, rock, classic’s and new singles. Now I just need a road trip…

5.#SoulMusic I’m Obsessing Over
Tiger Striped Sky – Roo Panes

This soothing indie jam popped up on my Spotify a few months ago and has become a staple on my #soulmusic playlist. 

6.”Oldie, But a Goodie” I Heard This Week
 Srubs – TLC
Listen HERE

When this popped up on my Spotify, I about choked on my coffee from laughing… I had completely forgotten about this song. The 90’s man, they were one of a kind. Chick bands just aren’t the same anymore. Of course this led me down a rabbit hole on YouTube, so while we’re at it, why not also listen to “Waterfalls.” You are so very welcome…

7.Current Beat That Makes Me Want to Dance…in the Car…Jamming With the Windows Down
Getting Ready to Get Down – Josh Ritter
Listen HERE

I vaguely remember listening to Josh Ritter before, but when I first heard this song, I couldn’t quite remember who this contemporary folk singer was. Well, I think it’s safe to say that I am definitely a fan right now.

8.Taking Me Down Memory Lane
I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts

I’ve mentioned a few times that I have been watching Friends from start to finish on Netflix over the past few months. I finally finished a few weeks ago… so this is me, continuing to mourn a show that end over 10 years ago.

9.Work, Work it Out
Fire N Gold – Bea Miller
Listen HERE

I have no idea who this chick is, she looks like she’s 13 and I can’t decide whether she reminds me of early Paramore or if she’s more of a pop singer. I wouldn’t say that the song is all that brilliant but its a song beat to add to your running/workout playlist, and maybe a few jam sessions in the car.

10.Making Me Want to Fall in Love
Like I’m Gonna Lose You – Meghan Trainor ft. John Legend

Not a Meghan Trainor fan? That’s fine, she’s even a bit much for me sometimes. But this song has a timeless sound, and though I never would have thought to put her voice with John Legend, it’s magic.

But then again, I also think John Legend sounds like an angel. Maybe he and Vance Joy can start a band. Anyway, moving on…

11.Guilty Listen of the Week
Friend Zone – Danielle Bradbery

Friends, I really did make an effort to not like this song. I quickly skipped it the first few times I heard it and I’m sure I have a lot of friends rolling their eyes. But it’s just fun and so stinking catchy. I didn’t watch her season of The Voice, but you have to admit that the girl has got pipes.

12.Popular Song That Is Making My Ears Bleed
Me & The Rhythm – Selena Gomez
Listen HERE

Ugh. I swear I love her songs or I hate them. There’s no in between. This is obviously the latter. It’s just annoying. 

13.Country Pick of the Week
Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

If you know me, then you might be surprised by this one because I’m typically not much of a Carrie Underwood song. It’s not that she’s not talented, I’ve just never been a huge fan of most of her songs. But I’m a sucker for a solid, simple country long song, and I shamelessly love that Sam Hunt is on the harmonies. AND its great to blast in the car, so I’m sold.

BONUS: My Voice Picks, Week 3 – 6

The main problem with slacking on these posts is that now I’m behind on my weekly  picks for The Voice and wish I had the space to add some commentary. But obviously that is not happening so here is just a catch-all list of my favorite performances.

Week 3 Auditions
“Stars” – Shelby Brown

“Photograph” – Sydney Rhame
“Drops of Jupiter” – Blaine Mitchell
“Downtown Train” – Dustin Christensen

Weeks 4 -5 Battles
“I’m That Kind of Girl” – Emily Ann Roberts vs. Morgan Frazier
“Wherever You Will Go” – Andi & Alex vs. Chance Pena
“Samson” – Chase Kerby vs. Korin Bukowski
“Walking in Memphis” – Barrett Baber vs. Dustin Christensen
“Baba O’Riley” – Keith Semple vs. Manny Cabo

Week 6 Knockouts
“All I Want” – Korin Bukowski
“On Broadway” – Darius Scott
“Hold Back The River” – Blaine Mitchell
“Feeling Good” – Braiden Sunshine
“A Case of You” – Madi Davis
“Colder Weather” – Barrett Baber
“Demons” – Chance Pena

See my picks for Week 1 Auditions HERE and Week 2 Auditions HERE

Cheers!

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Friday Jam Session Vol. 20

I love music. My taste is very diverse — continually being shaped by an unique combination of people, places and experiences. I never try to pawn myself off as someone who “knows music,” because I have too much respect for those who do. I did dance and took piano lessons growing up, but trust me, you do NOT want to hear me sing. But music is a topic that I never tire of and I love swapping recommendations. Please join in and share your own picks! View past posts HERE.
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Friday Jam Session

1.Favorite New(ish) Album
Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett

For as much as I love music, I don’t regularly keep tabs on who has albums coming out, nor do I often count down the days until one’s release. I just figure once a single starts gaining traction and I like, then I usually check out the album. Thomas Rhett’s new sophomore album was an exception. Every new single made me more and more excited for the release, so much so, that I went ahead and featured “Crash and Burn” and “T-Shirt” already this past month. After listening to the whole album I could easily have featured every song on it in one or more of my categories.

I think the album is bold. My friends and I have an endless discussion on “bro country” and I can see why some would label it as such, but personally I almost want to call it genre-less. The album is both smooth and funky, and still has a bit of that stripped-down, very raw country sound that first got our attention with his debut. The video above for “Die A Happy Man” features Thomas and his wife, and is ADORABLE. I’m also really enjoying “Vacation,” “Playing With Fire” ft. Jordin Sparks and “Learned It From The Radio.”

2.Favorite New (new-to-me) Artist/Band
Rudimental
 

I am a bit picky when it comes to EDM music or similar types of musical productions that only feature other artists on vocals. (Side note: Is there a separate label for that because I don’t think this band is technically labeled as EDM?) But I vaguely remember hearing and liking their collaboration with John Newman on “Feel The Love” in 2012. Then I heard this new one above featuring Ed Sheeran and looked them back up, only to learn that this group was also behind Sheeran’s hit “Bloodstream,” which I’ve been in love with since I first heard it. I also enjoyed “I Will For Love feat. Will Heard”, “Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre” and “Rumour Mill feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard”. Looking forward to hearing this group’s future work.

3.Jam I Have on Repeat
Backbeat – Dagny

I found a lot of new artists this past week, which is always a refreshing change. I sometimes wonder if people think I’m exaggerating when I say that I put songs on repeat… Friends, I recognize that its a bit strange, but I’m the kind of person who will re-read and watch my favorite books and movies over and over, so its not uncommon at all for me to have one song on loop, especially if I’m working on a project. There is so much going on in this song, its great in the car and has a great beat for my workout playlist. It almost makes me think of a less soulful, pop-infused Florence + The Machines.

4.Favorite Collaboration, Cover, Remix or Mashup
The Driver – Charles Kelley, ft. Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay

With these three voices and lyrics, I’m not sure I need to explain why I fell in love with this one. I did panic though… why is Kelley singing with Lady Antebellum? I’ve read that he’s doing a solo album, but that it doesn’t mean the band is breaking up. Just the fact that people are talking about it makes me nervous, but for now I’ll just hope that its all talk and enjoy this unique collaboration.

5.Favorite Spotify List
“Weekend Buzz” by Spotify

6.#SoulMusic I’m Obsessing Over
Dynasty – MIIA

This song and artist fits perfectly into my “#SoulMusic” obsession. I could totally see this song featured at the end of a TV show… ahem, Shonda Rhimes?  I’ll just hold onto my “I told you so” for now…

7.”Oldie, But a Goodie” I Heard This Week
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
Listen HERE

I’ve often thought about if I could go back to past decades and pick a few concerts that I would have loved to see live. If we’re talking about the 70s, I think Fleetwood Mac would probably be pretty high on that list.

8.Current Beat That Makes Me Want to Dance…in the Car…Jamming With the Windows Down
Alive – Sia
Listen HERE

Another week and yet another Sia feature. #notsorry. People, this song sounds awesome in my car.

9.Taking Me Down Memory Lane
 Don’t Look – Kyle Park

This past week we have been talking about Periscope at work, and I figure that the best way to learn about new social media is to jump right in. I haven’t “scoped” myself yet, but I’ve started to follow accounts that I already follow on the Twitter. The very first live video that popped up for me was one by this artist. There is a special place in my heart for Texas country music, but sometimes they get lost in the mix of all of the different music that I listen to. I don’t want to commit but Kyle Park might be my favorite in this niche and was a large part of what made me fall in love with the live music scene. I think I’ve seen him twice, maybe three times… I can’t remember!

10.Work, Work it Out
On My Mind – Ellie Goulding

As usual, I’m a bit confused by the music video, but it’s a fun addition to my workout playlist.

11.Making Me Want to Fall in Love
Met A Girl – William Michael Morgan

When I first heard this I had to double check that it wasn’t an older one-hit-wonder that I had somehow never heard. But no, this guy is new and only 21,( umm what!?) He has a George Strait sound and Lord knows I’m a sucker for a smooth baritone singing a warm, country love song.

12.Guilty Listen of the Week
Hands of Love – Miley Cyrus
Listen HERE

Here’s the thing. Yes, she’s tends to cause a lot of ruckus and there are a lot of songs of hers that I flat out hate, but I do actually think she is pretty talented. And I actually really like this song.

13.Popular Song That Is Making My Ears Bleed
Hotline Bling – Drake
Listen HERE

I like some of Drake’s stuff, but this? NOPE. I almost didn’t even bother with linking it.

14.Country Pick of the Week
Hit the Road – Waterloo Revival

This song has popped on a few different Spotify playlists over the past few weeks. It’s subtle and doesn’t make a big splash at first, but it has continued to stick with me. It is the band’s first single and I am going to be checking out their album when it comes out. The live version above is a little raw, but I really like it. Listen to the original cut HERE.

BONUS: My Voice Picks, Week 2
 There were definitely a few I could myself liking later after some different song choices and coaches, but these were my top 8 favorite performances from Week 5. I couldn’t settle on just 5 like I did last week, and I’m a sucker for a couple of the songs, oops. I’m always blown away by the fact that so many of the acts are only 15 and 16 years old, and sound much more mature.

Angel From Montgomery – Krista Hughes

Thank You – Alex and Andi

Here I Go Again – Manny Cabo

I Want You To Want Me – Morgan Frazier

Hard to Handle – Tyler Dickerson

It’s To Late – Madi Davis

Thinking Out Loud – Chris Crump

What’s Going On – Viktor Kiraly

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So, what have you been listening to this week?

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Cheers!