This very solid album is my favorite record by a male country music artist who isn’t Brad Paisley or Jason Isbell. I think that’s enough qualifiers, though I might be forgetting somebody.
Swift defeated a couple of celebrated veterans to get here, dropping David Byrne with 88% of the vote in Round One and Tom Petty with 72% in Round Two. Simon & Garfunkel defeated Rufus Wainwright with 80% in Round One and Prince with 64% in Round Two. That’s an impressive batch of artists left in the wake of these two contenders. Continue reading
The beginning of this song has always struck me as very similar to the opening notes of Elvis Costello’s ‘You Bowed Down.’ You can compare for yourself here.
I doubt the composers of this song copied Costello, and the notes aren’t exact anyway, but it has always distracted me.
Tim McGraw’s And the Dancehall Doctors is a great country record for people who don’t like country music. It has a nice pop sheen, impressive instrumentation, solid songcraft, even a cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer.’
I think the tiny people who live inside my iTunes library and pick the random songs must be country music fans. Today’s track means almost a third of my Random Weekend selections have been by country artists even though country makes up maybe five or ten percent of my collection.
I have almost as many Bob Dylan songs as I have country songs (and a few that are both) and yet Dylan has yet to make an appearance here. Ah, the whims of chance.
OK, I’m throwing caution to the wind and going with my third theme week in a row. And the unsentimental among you might want to skip the next seven days.
You see, today is the birthday of my beloved wife. So to honor the occasion, I’m highlighting seven of my favorite love songs today through Saturday.
I’m starting with a Tim McGraw song from his Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors album, which Alex bought several years ago for one reason or another. She’s a big Tim McGraw fan, which I find very funny because I wouldn’t expect a Miami-bred Cuban girl to be so country. But I’m always teasing her about being much whiter than I am when it comes to taste in music and television.