Song of the Day #4,146: ‘Outta Mind (Outta Sight)’ – Wilco

Here’s a track from Wilco’s sophomore album, 1996’s Being There. This two-disc album was the alt-country band’s first foray into the more experimental sounds for which they would receive widespread acclaim in later years.

A double album loosely based on the relationship between musicians and their fans, Being There features some straightforward bops alongside fascinating sonic detours.

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Song of the Day #4,145: ‘Country Road’ – James Taylor

‘Country Road’ appeared on James Taylor’s great 1970 album Sweet Baby James. It was inspired by the area surrounding a Massachusetts hospital where Taylor sought treatment for depression.

‘Country Road’ reached the top 40 at #37, while the album’s first single, ‘Fire and Rain,’ made it all the way to #3. The album was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy but lost to Simon & Garfunkel’s final studio release, Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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Song of the Day #4,144: ‘Bluebird’ – Miranda Lambert

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the headliner of tomorrow night’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars concert — Ms. Miranda Lambert!

I’ve been playing Lambert’s entire catalog on random the past couple of weeks in preparation for the show — seven solo albums plus three with Pistol Annies — and somewhere along the way it hit me: Miranda Lambert is my favorite musical artist. At this point in my life, nobody out there give me more consistent listening pleasure.

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Song of the Day #4,143: ‘You Got Me’ – Ashley Monroe

Ashley Monroe, one third of the Pistol Annies, has had a very rich career since her debut album, 2009’s Satisfied. Since then she has released three more solo studio albums along with a live album, in addition to the three Pistol Annies records.

She has recorded music with Blake Shelton, Jack White, and Train, among others, and written or co-written songs for a number of fellow country artists. No doubt, she’s stayed busy.

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Song of the Day #4,142: ‘Bless My Heart’ – Angaleena Presley

At some point during Miranda Lambert’s concert she will bring out her two Pistol Annies bandmates to perform a few songs as a trio. Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe are both fine artists in their own right, and teamed up with Miranda they’re one hell of a band.

But rather than feature an Annies song this week, I’ll give Presley and Monroe a little solo love.

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Song of the Day #4,141: ‘The Bones’ – Maren Morris

The main opening act on Miranda Lambert’s Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour is Maren Morris, who is definitely on the rise. She’ll likely be playing as a headliner starting next year.

Morris made a splash with her 2016 album Hero, featuring the hits ‘My Church,’ ‘Rich’ and ’80s Mercedes’ but had her first major success with the track ‘The Middle,’ a cut by the DJ Zedd that featured her on lead vocals. That song hit #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #1 on the pop chart.

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Song of the Day #4,140: ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ – Tenille Townes

This Saturday my family and I are heading to Orlando to see Miranda Lambert in concert. This show caps off a nice year of live music for our squad, starting with Josh Rouse in Asheville, then Brad Paisley in West Palm Beach and a performance of Les Miserables in Fort Lauderdale before culminating with Miranda.

I’ll also be seeing Elvis Costello this week, accompanied by a man who has posted a comment on every single Song of the Day to date. So yeah, a pretty great year for live music.

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