The Hodgepodge: Q&A Open Thread Plus Some Site News

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With the holiday weekend coming up, I have plans to do stuff and I’m sure you do too. So instead of an opener in the Hodgepodge this week, I’ve decided to do another Q&A open thread. I did one a few months back and you guys seemed to like it, so why not do another one? That means you can ask me any music related questions. Perhaps you want my thoughts on a certain artist or an upcoming release. Or you want to know my favorite country song from the 90s. Whatever you have on your mind throw it at me. I’ll take any questions about the site too. Just don’t ask me something like naming my top ten favorite Alan Jackson songs because that would be impossible for me to answer.

Before we get to the questions though I have some site news. This will be my last Hodgepodge I’m writing. But don’t fear! It’s not going away, as I’m now handing it off to Derek starting next week. He’ll continue the Hodgepodge and do an excellent job with it. Derek has been wanting to do a weekly feature for a while and I wanted to keep the Hodgepodge going. I didn’t want to get rid of the Hodgepodge, as I know you guys love it and this new idea I’m working on wouldn’t allow me time to do it. I’m currently working on an idea for another weekly feature, something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. When I have news on it, you’ll be hearing about it. So stay tuned!

Upcoming/Recent Country Music Releases

  • Easton Corbin just released his new album About To Get Real this week. I’ve already given it several listens and you’ll see my review on it next week.
  • Joy Williams, formerly one half of the Civil Wars, released her debut solo album Venus this week too. It’s a beautiful and poignant album, but it’s definitely not country or Americana. So it won’t be reviewed on the site. It’s a big departure from the sound of the Civil Wars. That being said I definitely recommend checking it out.
  • A few weeks back Courtney Patton released her new album So This Is Life and I know several of you have been wondering if we’ll review it. Yes, it’s absolutely being reviewed. Derek is writing it and you should see it next week.
  • Thomas Rhett announced his sophomore album will be released on September 25 and it’s titled Tangled Up. Rhett talked about in an interview with Rolling Stone and said it will contain a variety of sounds, including more R&B songs. I can only imagine what this train wreck will sound like.
  • Turnpike Troubadours will release a new album on September 18. The self-titled album is the highly-anticipated follow-up to their 2012 album Goodbye Normal Street. According to Saving Country Music, it will contain 12 new tracks and be released through Bossier City Records/Thirty Tigers. That’s another album I’m really looking forward to in the second half of 2015.
  • Cam’s “Burning House” will go for adds on July 6. It already had a hot-shot debut at #48 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week.
  • Alan Jackson’s lead single from his new album Angels & Alcohol, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” is going for immediate airplay. I highly doubt country radio gives it attention, but strangers things have happened. Putting Jackson back on radio would be a great first step toward rebuilding the respect of country radio.

Throwback Thursday Song

Dierks Bentley – “Settle For A Slowdown” – I picked up Dierks Bentley’s Greatest Hits: Every Mile A Memory 2003-2008 album this past week and I had completely forgot about this song. It’s definitely one of Dierks’ best songs and it’s held up pretty well over the years.

Non-Country Suggestion of the Week

I’ve tweeted a bunch about this album already, but I wanted to make sure I suggested right on the site too. Leon Bridges just released his debut album Coming Home and it’s awesome. It’s throwback R&B, soul music at it’s finest. Bridges brings back a sound from a bygone era that was missing from today’s generation. The album is very old school and you definitely need to check it out.

Tweet of the Week

Damn! Now that’s a burn.

An Insane Hunter Hayes Fan’s Response to My Review of “21”

So a couple of weeks back I reviewed the new single from Hunter Hayes, “21.” I wasn’t very fond of the song and I clearly explained in my review why “21” is a bad song. Now when I wrote this review, I figured there would be a few negative responses. Instead I got several tweets from Hunter Hayes fans cursing me out. Keep in mind these are coming from middle-aged housewives and teenage girls. Other than Florida Georgia Line fans and maybe A Thousand Horses’ fans, I had never gotten such a violent and vociferous response to a negative review. There were several responses, but there was one gem that stood out amongst the rest and is easily the greatest response I’ve ever received on a review. Behold in all it’s profanity-laced glory!

Epic Twitter Rant

Naturally my response to this bat-shit insanity:

Crazy Hunter Hayes Fan

Who would have thought a Hunter Hayes fan was capable of such a rant? Neither Derek or myself ever expected this kind of response from a Hayes fan. I get being passionate about your favorite artist, but getting this worked up over a negative review is ridiculous. But hey thank the Internet for giving us glorious gifts like this rant.

That’s it for the Hodgepodge this week! Be sure to sound off in the comments! 

Also Happy Fourth of July from Country Perspective to all of our American readers! Enjoy your holiday weekend and be safe!

59 thoughts on “The Hodgepodge: Q&A Open Thread Plus Some Site News

  1. Raymond July 2, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Ok I have a lot of these so lets get chomping.

    First up Taylor Swift’s Our Song what would that rank out of 10.
    Gloriana and Lady Antebellum out of all their singles would any get a +1.
    Top 10 Carrie Underwood songs

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 11:25 am

      “Our Song” would probably be a 5 or 6/10 for me.
      I’d give “I Run to You” a +1. I’d have to listen to their singles more to determine the rest.
      And I’ll give you my top five favorite Carrie songs, but I won’t rank them:
      “So Small”
      “Wasted”
      “Just a Dream”
      “Two Black Cadillacs”
      “See You Again”

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 11:35 am

      “Our Song” has a catchy, pop country instrumentation I enjoy. But Swift’s forced twang hurts the song for me. So I would give it 4.5/10.

      For Gloriana it would be “Wild at Heart.” I actually liked them more when they were a quartet. For Lady A, it would be “Need You Now.” The majority of Lady A’s singles get a 0 from me, as they’ve always seemed to play it close to the vest.

      Favorite Carrie songs, in no order:

      “Inside Your Heaven”
      “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
      “Wasted”
      Her duet with Randy Travis on “I Told You So”
      “Temporary Home”
      “So Small”
      “Blown Away”
      “Two Black Cadillacs”
      “Something in the Water”
      “Little Toy Guns”

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      • Raymond July 2, 2015 / 1:30 pm

        Ok favorite Dixie Chicks song also the dame with Jo Dee Messina

        Who do you think personal prefrence aside should win for CMA female vocalist

        Also what do you think of Reba’s classic Fancy

        Ok what would you give those Carrie songs 1 out of 10.

        Oh btw I saw an article saying Kelsea and Kacey’s writing ate equal

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        • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 4:18 pm

          “Not Ready To Make Nice”

          If it was up to me, it would be Kacey Musgraves.

          I enjoy listening to “Fancy.” It tells an intricate story that brilliantly utilizes the Southern Gothic style. We could use more dark songs like it in mainstream country.

          “Inside Your Heaven” 8/10
          “Jesus, Take The Wheel” 10/10
          “Wasted” 9/10
          Her duet with Randy Travis on “I Told You So” 10/10
          “Temporary Home” 10/10
          “So Small” 8.5/10
          “Blown Away” 7.5/10
          “Two Black Cadillacs” 8/10
          “Something in the Water” 9/10
          “Little Toy Guns” 7.5/10

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  2. Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 11:32 am

    I still LOVE that Hunter Hayes rebuttal. I don’t remember the last time I laughed that hard. That’s a prime example of an overreaction!

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 11:36 am

      That Hunter Hayes rebuttal will always be hilariously awesome!

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  3. Zack July 2, 2015 / 11:33 am

    I believe you two may have said this another time but I apologize as I’ve forgotten, but….

    When did you both get tired of mainstream country? What I mean is, when did your attention shift more towards Americana/Alt-Country?

    Also, Josh, what was the inspiration for making Country Perspective?

    I’ll throw those for now to give other people a chance

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 11:51 am

      For me, it was when Jason Aldean released “Take a Little Ride.” I thought the song sucked and I was tired of all his, as I called them, “small town songs.” That was around the time I discovered Will Hoge and Blackberry Smoke and soon after that I found out about Wade Bowen and Reckless Kelly. From there I ventured into ZBB’s Southern Ground Label for more artists like Nic Cowan and Levi Lowrey, and further into the Texas scene.

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 11:56 am

      It’s no problem!

      I got tired of mainstream country music back in late 2012/early 2013. At least that’s when I started to lose a lot of interest in country music. In the spring of 2013 I stopped listening to the genre for several months and really got into hip-hop and pop. I really started to explore other genres. That being said I did in fact listen to bro country at this time because like the rest of people that were completely unaware of country music outside of the mainstream, I bought the “evolution” argument. At least I tried to buy it. At the end of summer 2013, there were two songs that broke the camel’s back if you will. Those two songs were Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” and oddly Florida Georgia Line’s cover of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.” The former of course is arguably the worst “country” song ever created. The latter just pissed me off for some reason and I don’t even like “Friends in Low Places.” I just know as soon as I heard Hubbard and Kelley try to sing this easy song and fail miserably that something was deeply wrong with the country music I loved (seriously go listen to it).

      I then remember slowly weening myself off the bro crap and stuck to my 90s country along with Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band and Gary Allan, as I realized they were a few of the good ones left. Late in 2013 I was getting bored with just this, so that’s when I took to Google and came across two very important country music writers: Trigger at SCM and Grady Smith. Trigger helped expose me to the entire world that is country music and I remember looking through his most highly recommended albums and songs, combing through iTunes to hear them all. I came across Grady when I saw his video that went viral that exposed the bullshit that is bro country. I watched that several times and showed it to everyone I could. I then came across his year-end country albums list for 2013 and was shocked when the majority of them were from artists I had never even heard of before (only Paisley’s Wheelhouse and Allan’s album). That prompted even more digging by me.

      So for the first half of 2014 I did nothing but religiously follow SCM and listen to all the music I could come across. Every day I think I would listen to a new artist in an attempt to catch up with all of the great music I was missing out on for years. I was starting to leave giant comments at SCM. I also would leave comments on iTunes, mostly rants against bro country, and on social media. So I was writing stuff all over the place and a lot of people seemed to be interested. I also had a lot to say! I noticed too that there weren’t that many country blogs covering independent artists and alt-country artists. I’ve always loved writing and country music, so what the hell I thought let’s give a blog a shot. And the rest they say is history.

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  4. Zack July 2, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Very interesting stories both of you!

    For me, it was actually somewhere around this time last year, when Sam Hunt’s “Leave The Night On” came out. I had always tolerated bro-country because….well I had to…at least I thought I did. But I could just not take this pop song coming from a pop artists masquerading as country. Going back a little bit, I, like you Josh, had viewed Grady Smith’s year end list and anti bro-country video, and was intrigued by the names on the list. I admit, I was afraid to venture into the alt-country/Americana world at first. I didn’t know what the hell i was getting into. I decided to give it a chance when my birthday came around and ask for Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds In Country Music” (yeah I know haha). What a hell of an introduction! From then on, my interest in the mainstream grew less and less as I was visiting sites like Saving Country Music and listening to all these new artists. I finally had enough when Sam Hunt came around. Pretty soon after that, I discovered you guys and was intrigued at all you were covering as well. Since then I’ve discovered a ton of new artists (thanks to you guys and SCM) and have realized that not only is the underground crawling with talent, it’s also actual country music and even stuff like Houndmouth, or The Lone Bellow who mix other genres into their music are still more country than most of what gets pumped out of the mainstream.

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  5. Noah Eaton July 2, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    Hahaha, I’m absolutely sure that person who responded to your review of “21” has let some of what I said get under her/his skin! 😉

    I’ve been regularly saying for some time that I am absolutely convinced countless male artists usually use the word “crazy” because they don’t have the guts to say “horny”. Plus Music Row wouldn’t let them seeing that they don’t want to fully alienate families. So, they use “crazy” as an euphemism to describe the hard-ons the subjects give them! 😉

    Good to know at least someone bothers reading what I have to say! 😉

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    Have an enjoyable holiday weekend break! =D

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 3:39 pm

      Haha! I bet! It’s pretty obvious crazy is a substitute for the word horny. There’s no way it isn’t.

      Thanks! You have a great holiday weekend too!

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  6. ellie July 2, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    What is your top 5 Brad Paisley songs?

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Ooh that’s a good question. Here would be my five, in no order:

      “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”
      “We Danced”
      “She’s Everything”
      “Letter To Me”
      “Remind Me” (duet with Carrie)

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      • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 4:06 pm

        My five favorite are:
        “Whiskey Lullaby”
        “Letter To Me”
        “Waiting on a Woman”
        “We Danced”
        “He Didn’t Have To Be”

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      • ellie July 2, 2015 / 10:23 pm

        Mine would be He didnt have to be and Whiskey Lullaby. I love his first 3 albums more than his recent albums.

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  7. Laura July 2, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    I came across your blog a few months ago and have enjoyed reading it!
    The majority of mainstream country music really disappoints me. I love the classic country singers and the realness of their songs.
    What are some of your favorite classic country artists or songs?
    Also, have you ever listened to The Avett Brothers?

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 3:51 pm

      I’m glad you found us and enjoy our work! Thanks for reading!

      My favorite classic artists would be Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and if you would consider them classic, George Strait and Alan Jackson. As for favorite classic songs, my absolute favorites would be Waylon’s “Luckenbock, Texas,” “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”, Willie & Merle’s “Pancho & Lefty,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Dwight Yoakam’s “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Hank’s “Move It On Over” and Willie’s “Whiskey River.” Of course there are several more, but these are some of the standouts to me.

      I’ve listened to the Avett Brothers a little bit, but I want to hear more from them. From the little I’ve heard of their music I like it and hopefully I can dive into their library someday. I hear nothing but awesome stuff about them.

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      • Laura July 2, 2015 / 6:04 pm

        Some of my favorite Avett albums are The Gleams, Mignonette and Emotionalism, but really all their songs/albums are good!

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Some of my favorite classic artists are Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard. I love “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk The Line,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” “Pancho & Lefty” just to name a few!

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  8. Megan Conley July 2, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    What about Miranda Lambert–would any of her songs get a +1? I know you have been less than impressed with her latest single choices. Also, great stories from both of you on why you got tired of mainstream country music/started this blog. It was reading you and Saving Country Music, along with Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up,” Keith Hill’s remarks, and someone defending my attack on Sam Hunt with “Well, he’s on the radio, and we’re not, so he must be doing something right” that led me recently to start my own blog (http://countryexclusive.com.) Beautiful that Luke Bryan was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back for you as well.

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    • Zack July 2, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      From the few posts you’ve made, looks like you’ve got a good site there Megan!

      Also Josh and Derek, I know that some albums have slipped under the radar for you guys with everything coming out so fast. That said, the list I’m about to present to you guys is a list of albums that you haven’t reviewed, yet I’m curious for your thoughts on (that is, if you’ve heard them)

      Ray Wylie Hubbard- “The Ruffians Misfortune”
      Dean Brody- “Gypsy Road”
      Steve Earle- “Terraplane”
      Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors- “Medicine”
      Jason Michael Carroll- “What Color Is Your Sky”
      Billy Currington- “Summer Forever”
      Montgomery Gentry- “Folks Like Us”

      Don’t expect you guys to address all of them, but maybe a couple

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      • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 4:04 pm

        I thought about reviewing Jason Michael Carroll’s but I didn’t find much to say about it. The whole album seemed very middle of the road to me. I tried giving Steve Earle’s and Ray Wylie Hubbard’s a listen, but I couldn’t really get into either of them as just a casual listener. Earle’s blues one, especially, I couldn’t judge with much accuracy because I don’t really listen to a lot of blues like that album.

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      • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 4:08 pm

        I haven’t listened to Hubbard, Montgomery Gentry or Brody’s albums. Earle’s album I couldn’t really get into. From what I heard on Holcomb’s album, I enjoyed it and I still hope to review that one. The JMC album was very bland and forgettable to my ears. Currington’s album was the definition of mediocre to me.

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 4:04 pm

      Glad to hear you started your own blog! It looks good! Always great to hear others have the drive to start their own blog.

      Haha yes Luke broke the straw for a lot of people I think. He’s really one of the biggest driving forces behind why country music is where it’s at right now.

      As for Miranda, there are a good bit of songs of her’s I would give a +1 to, despite her uninspiring single choices lately. Here are the ones, at least I’ve heard, I would give a +1 to:

      “Roots & Wings”
      “White Liar”
      “The House That Built Me”
      “Only Prettier”
      “Babies Makin’ Babies”
      “Another Sunday in the South”
      “Hard Staying Sober”
      “All Kinds of Kinds”
      “Look at Miss Ohio”

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  9. southtexaspistolero July 2, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    You should get that Dierks Bentley album (Modern Day Drifter). It’s very, very good. I remember seeing him sing about half the songs from it when I saw him open for George Strait about four months before the album came out and loved them all.

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 4:24 pm

      I’ll check it out! I’ve heard some of the songs from it and I love them. I’ve never listened to the whole album though, so I’ll probably give that a listen this weekend. Dierks has some really cool gems it seems like throughout his albums that don’t get cut as singles.

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      • Megan Conley July 2, 2015 / 6:03 pm

        “Modern Day Drifter” is one of his best albums. “Feel that Fire” has some great songs too, you should check that out as well if you haven’t.

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  10. Lorenzo July 2, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    I’d really like to know, if it’s possible, what you two think about “Brand New Day” by David Nail. What would that rank out of 10?

    by the way I really couldn’t stop laughing after while reading that Hunter Hayes review answer. lol I cracked down when he/she looked up for the definition of country music! what an idiot hahahaha

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    • Lorenzo July 2, 2015 / 4:56 pm

      *laughing while

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 5:02 pm

      Haha I’m glad you enjoyed that insane review too!

      I enjoy listening to “Brand New Day.” It’s a refreshing look at the breakup type song and really captures the feelings of the aftermath of a broken relationship perfectly. I’d give it 8.5/10

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      • Lorenzo July 2, 2015 / 5:09 pm

        Thank you, pretty much what I was thinking about 🙂

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  11. Raymond July 2, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Ok I saw a 100 song all time countdown. Here are the first 10 and I want your opinion on them.

    The Seashores Of Old Mexico George Strait.
    South Of Santa Fe Brooks & Dunn
    Teardrops On My Guitar T. Swift
    Martina McBride Concrete Angel
    Tim McGraw Live Like Your Dying. There are a lot of songs hear I want to know your guys opinion on.

    Also what do you guys think of Alison Krauss

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  12. Cobra July 2, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Josh
    Any chance you’ll be making it to Wade and Randy’s show in Columbus on the 15th?

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      As long as the possibility of jury duty doesn’t interfere, I have my ticket and have every intention of going. Wade and Randy never come up this way, so there was no way I could pass up a ticket for it.

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      • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 10:37 pm

        Quite jealous! So far, central Oklahoma is not a stop on their tour. That’s a show I wouldn’t want to miss!

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  13. brettp July 2, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    Hey guys, ive enjoyed this post, very fun. Fairly new to the site i would love to talk music all day long, if only it paid better…lol! Anyway im big into vinyl and albums over singles for sure. With that said, wanted to know maybe your top 3 classic country records and maybe one more modern album that you felt was a hidden gem or underrated. Thanks!

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Haha! Welcome! My top three classic country records would be Merle & Willie’s Pancho & Lefty, Waylon’s Dreaming My Dreams, and Johnny Cash’s I Walk The Line. A modern album I consider underrated…man there are so many, but I would have to go with Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged. A gem of an album that deserved more attention. Another underrated one I enjoyed was Brad Paisley’s 5th Gear. One of the first country albums I enjoyed from start to finish.

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      • Lorenzo July 2, 2015 / 6:52 pm

        I love that Brad Paisley album, expecially the song “Some Mistakes”. it is my favourite BP song.
        also, do you like Up on the Ridge by Dierks Bentley? I think it’s the finest release in mainstream country music of the last ten years

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        • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 7:01 pm

          Yes! I got it on vinyl even. I would love to see Dierks do another bluegrass album.

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      • brettp July 2, 2015 / 8:01 pm

        Yeah, Waylons Dreaming My Dreams claims the top spot for me, an amazing album from start to finish, 2nd Willie Nelsons Phases and Stages, and 3rd Kristoffersons The Silver-tongued Devil and I. Those are some good ones on yours as well. A few underrated ones for me would be Shooter Jennings The Other Life, Jason Eadys Daylight and Dark, and Marty Stuarts Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, ive wore all 3 of these out.

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      • brettp July 2, 2015 / 8:07 pm

        I might as well jump into the Dierks talk too, ha. Of all the mainstream country guys, him along with Gary Allan and Joe Nichols are the few i can tolerate. That list used to be bigger but recent releases have been tough to listen to. Couldnt agree more with another Dierks Bluegrass album, Up On The Ridge was phenomenal, whoever doesnt have that one needs to hunt that one down!

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      I gotta jump on the train with Josh on Merle and Willie’s Pancho & Lefty. If we count more than studio albums, At Folsom Prison is a great one from Johnny Cash. For my third, probably Wanted! The Outlaws. There’s so many great classic albums!

      As far as modern, Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged is one of the best mainstream albums is the past five years. Outside of mainstream country, Levi Lowrey’s I Confess I Was a Fool is another great one that I don’t think got a lot of coverage. Also Wade Bowen’s Lost Hotel is quite good too.

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  14. Raymond July 2, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Ok here’s a good question Top 5 Dierks Bentley songs.

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 10:12 pm

      “Settle For a Slowdown”
      “Trying to Stop Your Leaving”
      “My Last Name”
      “Bottle to the Bottom” (feat. Kris Kristofferson)
      “Bourbon in Kentucky” (it’s disappointing this song fared poorly on radio, it’s great).

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      • Raymond July 2, 2015 / 11:51 pm

        Bottom 5. Also here is a song I heard on the radio opinion. Deanna Carter Strawberry Wine

        Top 5 Sara Evans songs.

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  15. Zack July 2, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    This is a question not strictly for Josh or Derek, but for anyone:

    I only want to spend money on one album but I don’t know which one to buy. Do I go with

    A) American Aquarium- “Wolves”

    Or…

    B) Courtney Patton- “This Is Life”

    Or…

    C) Logan Brill- Shuteye

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    • Derek Hudgin July 2, 2015 / 10:09 pm

      I haven’t listened to Logan Brill, but I’d personally choose Courtney Patton over American Aquarium. That’s just me though!

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  16. petemarshall724 July 2, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    I really like the country music of the 90’s. Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Mark Chesnutt, Joe Diffie, rishi, Diamond Rio, Little Texas, and etc

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  17. petemarshall724 July 2, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    What do you guys think about Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy breaky heart” and Tractors “my baby like to rock it”?

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    • Josh Schott July 2, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      I absolutely hate “Achy Breaky Heart.” It’s in my top five worst country songs ever. People love to blame Garth Brooks soley for country music becoming more pop sounding, but this song was as big of a reason why.

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      • petemarshall724 July 2, 2015 / 10:52 pm

        What is your worst top 5 country songs of all time?

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  18. Raymond July 2, 2015 / 11:58 pm

    Ok this is my last one. I saw this song on tv. Part of my channels independent Americana playing. Anyway I don’t have the link but I think it’s titled If I Go I’m Going. Check it out

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  19. RScottCountry July 4, 2015 / 12:15 am

    I’d like to know your favorite album tracks from the following:
    Dierks Bentley
    Keith Urban
    Tim Mcgraw
    Luke Bryan
    Brad Paisley

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    • Derek Hudgin July 5, 2015 / 11:44 am

      DB – “Lot of Leaving Left to Do”
      KU – “Stupid Boy”
      TM – “Live Like You We’re Dying”
      LB – “We Rode In Trucks”
      BP – “Whiskey Lullaby”

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    • Josh Schott July 5, 2015 / 12:35 pm

      I’m assuming you mean album cuts, not single cuts, correct?

      Dierks – “Here On Earth”
      Urban – “Some Days You Gotta Dance”
      Tim McGraw – “Live Like You Were Dying” (McGraw has pretty much always released the best songs as his singles.)
      Luke Bryan – “You Don’t Know Jack”
      Brad Paisley – “Oh Love (duet with Carrie)” & “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (even though it’s a cover)

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  20. Zack July 5, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    Two more questions if that’s alright haha.

    1.) What do you consider to be the worst country song ever?

    2.) What is your biggest guilty pleasure country song?

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    • Derek Hudgin July 5, 2015 / 3:30 pm

      1.) Worst Country Song Ever…. How do you choose just one?! I’m sure there’s been several to consider way before this, but I gotta say it’s a toss up between “1994” and “Burning It Down.” Both those songs are just awful examples of Jason Aldean trying to be Rap/Slow Jam and in neither case does it bode well for him. The writing is awful. And there many are bad country songs that have been hits because they’re downright catchy to sing along to (take any FGL song off their first album). But neither “1994” or “Burnin It Down” have any sort of good, catchy hook. I still have no idea how Jason Aldean has two hits on his hands with those songs.

      2.) Guilty Pleasure Country Song…. Maybe “Ticks” by Brad Paisley. It’s a little tongue and cheek about picking up women, and may sound very bro like in the light of all the songs about backwoods hook ups released nowadays. But the lyrics are quite over the top and Paisley’s delivery is just as light hearted like he’s aware how ridiculous it the lyrics are. If that song was on Moonshine in the Truck I would probably hate it. But there’s just something about that’s so entertaining to me. I’m sure there are other terrible songs (even released in the past year or so) that I like that are probably more guilty pleasure than “Ticks” but I can’t think of them right now. Haha

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