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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

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Friday Jam Session Vol. 13

One of the main things to know about me is how much 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, so I am starting a new version of my Friday Jam Sessions that I hope will become a weekly series. Please join in and share your own picks! Also, you can read my past Friday Jam Session posts HERE.

Friday Jam Session

1.Favorite New(ish) Album
 Dream Your Life Away – Vance Joy


So this album came out almost a year ago (September 2014) but it is still the default CD in my car. I bought it on a whim because it was $8, after only hearing “Riptide.” But when I accidently found that debut song that summer I remember texting my best friend Megan and saying something to the effect of “this guy’s sound is one that we are going to be obsessed over for a LONG time.” Just an FYI though, his music videos are really weird. I also really like “Georgia,” but really you should check out the whole album

2.Favorite New(ish) Collaboration
 Locked Away – R.City ft. Adam Levine
Listen HERE.
I was sold at Adam Levine.

3.Favorite New (new-to-me) Artist/Band
 Tori Kelly


I always say there is something special going on when I LOVE someone’s whole album, especially if it is their debut. Great lyrics, an unique sound and I. LOVE. HER. HAIR! #curlyhairdontcare. And on top of that she has a song featuring Ed Sheeran…but we’ll get to that obsession another time. Her album is called “Unbreakable Smile” and besides the song above I’m also digging “Nobody Love,” First Heartbreak” and “I Was Made For Loving You.”

4.Jam I Have on Repeat
Crash and Burn – Thomas Rhett


The day I made the connection that Thomas Rhett was Rhett Atkins’ son my mind was blown. Though he has already followed his Dad’s footsteps into some successful songwriting, he has definitely created his own successful behind the mic. This song and video continue to crack me up.

5.Favorite Cover, Remix or Mashup
Trap Queen – Ed Sheeran (original by Fetty Wap)


I am pretty sure Ed Sheeran could sing a chemistry equation and I would love it. I have been a fan since his first EP came out and some of my favorites are covers that he flips, which lead me to this one. I am not really a fan of the song itself, so I would not advise scrutinizing the lyrics too closely, but I bookmarked the video on my browser so I could get to it easily…

6.Favorite Spotify List
 “Better Off Without You” by Spotify
I don’t even have anyone do be angry at but this playlist almost makes me wish I did.

7.#SoulMusic I’m Obsessing Over
Bright – Echosmith


In college my roommate and I started referring to certain songs as #SoulMusic. To me is usually refers to something that moved me a bit with its lyrics or sometimes just its sound, and it’s usually something that gets a spot on one of my permanent playlists. But I think the main point is it kind of different for everyone. 

8.”Oldie, But a Goodie” I Heard This Week
Lip Gloss – Lil Mama
Listen HERE
PEOPLE, do you remember this song!? I was out last weekend and this song came on in the bar, and this guy could sing it, in rhythm, word for word. I was so impressed! Now I don’t know if this was ever considered a “good” song by anyone, but I’ve been laughing about it all week so I decided it was worth a shout out and a shared laugh or two.

9. Current Beat That Makes Me Want to Dance…in the Car…Jamming With the Windows Down
I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd


I have no idea what this song means. I googled it and apparently no one else does either.
But I love it, but love it… see what I did there?

10.Taking Me Down Memory Lane
The Future Freaks Me Out – Motion City Soundtrack
Video
As I was writing each of the categories for this new version of Friday Jam Session I kept thinking of all the songs usually trigger certain memories or represent certain times in my life. Yeah, I am one of those cheesy people. Then, conveniently this very song came on later that day on my iTunes. When I met my best friend in Megan college (you’ll hear that name a lot in this series) we bonded quickly over our love for music. She introduced me to this really weird band, basically by saying, “don’t actually ever try to figure out how they come up with this stuff, just accept the fact that you are going to love it.” Well, six years later I can say cheers to friends and weird music that make the best road trip jams.

11. Work, Work it Out
Don’t Look Down – Martin Garrix ft. Usher
Listen HERE
Get this on your running playlist stat!

12.Making Me Want to Fall in Love
What I Love About You – Logan Mize


 I have legitimately lost count of the amount of times I have seen Logan Mize perform. I know every word, to every song. His music is everything I love about Kansas and it has been fun to watch him over the past few years grow from Aggieville’s stages to his growing success in Nashville. I think his fans in Kansas can be selfish, we love his music, but sometimes what to keep him as our undiscovered, best kept secret. But no, his music should definitely be listened to.

13.Guilty Listen of the Week
 Drag Me Down – One Direction


Don’t even start to judge me. Every generation has its boy bands that you pretend “oh I only know this one song because it’s always on,” but most of us are liars. I listen to a lot of music, most of it objectively really good, but my theory is that boy bands should go into their own shame-free, this-is-wonderful-but-terrible category to every now and then listen to, guilt free. And honestly, I was extremely amused the hysteria created by the one member leaving, so I just  really wanted to see if they could hold it together with their new stuff.

14.Song That I Originally Loved, But Is Now Overplayed
See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth


When my sister (who is abnormally obsessed with the movie series) texted me this song immediately loved it. And then in the theater at the end of the movie?! Cue the tears again. But then hear it everywhere I went and on EVERY Spotify playlist and it just started to get old. On another note…Charlie Puth is extremely awkward to watch, both in this video and live TV performances.

15.Popular Song That Is Making My Ears Bleed
Cool For The Summer – Demi Lavato
Listen HERE
Ummm NO.

16.Country Pick of the Week
Save it for a Rainy Day – Kenny Chesney


Growing up Kenny was my favorite country act, so he will always have a special place. Years later, I think I’m just really impressed that he continues to find/write songs that fit his beach bum country persona.

BONUS: 5 Songs On My 2015 Summer Jam Playlist
Most of these first came out last summer, but they’ve been my repeats in 2015
House Party – Sam Hunt
FUN – Pitbull ft. Chris Brown
Kiss You in the Morning – Michael Ray
Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon
Day Drinking – Little Big Town

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So, what have you been listening to this week?

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* Momfessionals, A Little Bit of Everything and Grace & Love Blog
* Life In Leggings
* Three Sister and Us, Complete Bliss Blog, Mice in The Kitchen and Second Chances Girl