Derek’s Top 10 Country Songs – February 2015

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Two months into 2015, and we’ve had two months of great country music releases. I found February a bit easier to narrow down to ten song, but the music is still, nonetheless, fantastic. From singer songwriters to bands we have a multitude of country styles and songs. I have a diverse top ten list this month:

  1. “Jubilee” by Gretchen Peters – A beautiful song told from the point of view of someone on death’s bed. Reflecting back on what made life meaningful and looking onward with your head held high in acceptance, Peters knocks this one out of the park. “Jubilee” is not only, in my opinion, the best song off Blackbirds, but is also my favorite song of the month.
  2. “Out The Door” by The Mavericks – On an album chock full of energetic and unique productions, this song stands out with is old-school Doo-Wop melody. Even the more somber material of a broken love doesn’t bring down the fun groove of this song.
  3. “When All You Got is a Hammer” by Gretchen Peters – A rough song dealing with the horrors and anxiety that comes from PTSD. This song about a soldier returning home has great detailed writing with a nice, rocking beat that compliments the material well.
  4. “Slow Boat to China” by The Western Swing Authority – A love song about wanting to spend as much time as possible with the one you love. I applaud the band for taking an original approach to a love song. The vocals and melody shine on this track, not to mention a pleasing instrumental break in the song. My favorite off Now Playing.
  5. “Mutineer” by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires – A love song told with pirate and maritime metaphors. What more can you ask for? I love the stripped down production of the song, and both vocal performances here are top-notch. The better offering off the two-song E.P Sea Songs.
  6. “What You Do to Me” by The Mavericks – Equally as fun and energetic as the other Mavericks’ song on this list, but a more light-hearted and positive love song.
  7. “52 Vincent Black Lightning” by Robert Earl Keen – This timeless song has been a favorite of mine ever since I first heard it a few years ago. An outlaw on a motorcycle falls for a girl, and leaves her his prized motorbike after his untimely death. A unique love story with great writing and rhyme schemes. Robert Earl Keen’s bluegrass rendition of Richard Thompson’s classic is well done here.
  8. “Blackbirds” by Gretchen Peters – The title track to Peters’ fantastic album cannot be overlooked. The intense guitar riffs combined with Gretchen Peters’ haunting vocal delivery and biting lyrics create a wonderfully dark, yet great murder ballad.
  9. Fence Post” by Aaron Watson – Songs that call out mainstream country are always a nice treat. The fearlessness and fun that Aaron Watson sings this song with are great. Watson is a true underdog, and he pulls no punches with this one. Plus, Watson does actual country spoken word on this song and not bogus R&B/Pop/Hip Hop spoken word.
  10. “Losing Side of Twenty Five” by American Aquarium – This is my favorite song off Wolves. As a man right around this age group, I like the way the story and life situations are presented in this song. It’s authentic and well told. Also, the guitar lick on this song is awesome.

That’s my top ten!  I’d love to hear some of your favorites from the month.

 

5 thoughts on “Derek’s Top 10 Country Songs – February 2015

  1. bob March 2, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Is your list limited to songs released in February? It doesn’t appear to be limited to songs released as singles since you have 3 Gretchen Peters and 2 maverick songs.

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    • Derek Hudgin March 2, 2015 / 1:01 pm

      Yeah, any country song (single or album cut) released during the month.

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  2. bob March 2, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    I like “Slow Boat to China”. Secondhandsongs.com shows 73 covers of this 1948 song, mostly by pop artists. Their list did not include the Western Swing Authority version. My favorite songs from “Now Playing” are “One of Us Is Lying” and “Sweet Harriet” with Slow Boat next.

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  3. Zack March 2, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I actually really like that you guys pick songs strictly from that particular month.

    Here’s my list

    10. Freight Train (from Aaron Watson’s “The Underdog”)
    9. Fire In The Hole (from Blackberry Smoke “Holding All The Roses”)
    8. Better Off Alone (from Steve Earle “Terraplane”)
    7. Let Me Help You (Find The Door) (from “Holding All The Roses”)
    6. The Prayer (from “The Underdog”)
    5. Acquainted With The Wind (from “Terraplane”)
    4. A Woman In The Moon (from “Holding All The Roses”)
    3. Fence Post (from “The Underdog”)
    2. Everybody Drives Drunk (from Love and Theft’s “Whiskey On My Breath”)
    1. The Tennessee Kid (from “Terraplane”)

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    • Derek Hudgin March 2, 2015 / 10:41 pm

      Had we reviewed Blackberry Smoke, I woulda had “No Way Back to Eden” & “Find the Door” on my top 10. That album is fantastic.

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