Josh’s Top Ten Country & Americana Songs – October 2015

October 2015

So the month of October was even better than I expected for country and Americana music. When putting together my top ten list at first I didn’t think there were a lot of candidates. Then I fully looked back through all of our reviews (it can be hard to keep up with all of the music sometimes!) and I realized that there a lot of releases competing for the top ten. From mainstream to independent there was plenty of music to satiate your tastes. Figuring out this top ten list was difficult and I changed my mind multiple times before finally coming up with the ten. It was especially difficult on the last couple of spots. For those songs that missed out, I give them a shout out in the honorable mentions. So without further ado here’s my top ten country and Americana songs for the month of October…

  1. Hailey Whitters – “One More Hell” – This will probably be a surprise to many of you readers, as I haven’t talked about this at all. If it wasn’t for Derek’s great review of Hailey Whitters’ new album Black Sheep I wouldn’t have even known about it. I finally got around to giving it a good listen and this song immediately stood out to me. It’s a personally emotional song for Whitters, as it’s about the death of her brother and how her family and herself are dealing with it. Everything about this song is so well done and even made me a little teary eyed. I can’t wait to hear more from Whitters in the future.
  2. Corb Lund – “Washed-Up Rock Star Factory Blues” – The new album from Corb Lund, Things That Can’t Be Undone, was a completely different sound than many expected and I enjoyed it thoroughly. This song is about Lund dreaming about losing his rock star life and being forced to work in a factory again. Not only does it tell an interesting story, but it also has some wry humor that will bring a smile to your face. The bluesy guitar licks throughout make it even better.
  3. Hailey Whitters – “Low All Afternoon” – Whitters’ second song of the top ten is a heartbreak ballad with an interesting perspective. It’s told from the perspective of the “other woman,” as she had been cheating with a married man for a while and expected to become his woman. Instead he ditches her and sticks with his wife, leaving the other woman to lament the situation. Whitters shows great emotion in her voice throughout this song.
  4. Jake Worthington – “This Damn Memory” – After many months of waiting Jake Worthington finally released his first original music via his self-titled EP and it didn’t disappoint. It was full of great, traditional country and the best of the bunch was definitely “This Damn Memory.” It’s a heartbreak song very much in the vein of the neo traditional country of the 80s that suits Worthington’s voice perfectly. He’s another one I’m anxious to hear more music from.
  5. Carrie Underwood – “The Girl You Think I Am” – Her new album Storyteller has proved to be divisive so far amongst fans and critics, but one song most seem to enjoy is “The Girl You Think I Am.” For good reason too, as it’s an emotional song about parents being proud of their daughter and the daughter trying to be as good as they say she is. I’m hopeful this song gets released as a single.
  6. Corb Lund – “Sadr City” – Here’s a song I think many have wrongly overlooked. “Sadr City” is about a man’s military life and not wanting to relive the memories he has experienced. This one of those songs where you need to just sit and listen, as it certainly isn’t the catchiest song in the world. But it’s a real song with a real story and that’s why I enjoy it so much.
  7. Hailey Whitters – “Late Bloomer” – Whitters sings about how it’s okay to be a late bloomer, whether in life or in your career. As Derek mentions in his review, this seems to be autobiographical for Whitters as her career took a while to launch and get going. It’s definitely one of those songs where I think anyone could relate to the theme at one point in their life.
  8. Carrie Underwood – “Choctaw County Affair” – This was without a doubt the most interesting song on Underwood’s new album. Written by Jason White, this song tells the tale of a murder and I’m a sucker for a murder ballad. Underwood’s sassy vocals go well with the lyrics and the harmonica play of Travis Meadows is icing on the cake.
  9. Jason Boland and The Stragglers – “Fat and Merry” – My October top ten closes out with two songs from the Red Dirt mainstay Jason Boland and The Stragglers. I have to say I haven’t listened to their new album Squelch as much as a I would like, but I’m changing that as you read this. “Fat and Merry” is a sarcastically upbeat tune that mocks suburbia life and features plenty of fiddle and steel guitar. The political commentary may go a little overboard at times on this album, but it’s just right here.
  10. Jason Boland and The Stragglers – “I Guess It’s Alright to Be an Asshole” – I have no other explanation of why I enjoy this song other than it’s just flat-out fun and gives me a good chuckle.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Charles Kelley – “The Driver” (feat. Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay)
  • The Bottle Rockets – “Building Chryslers,” “Big Fat Nuthin'” & “I Don’t Wanna Know”
  • Corb Lund – “S Lazy H” & “Weight of the Gun”
  • Jana Kramer – “Last Song”
  • Jake Worthington – “That’s When”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells” & “Like I’ll Never Love You Again”
  • The Yawpers – “9 to 5” & “Walter”
  • Hailey Whitters – “Black Sheep”
  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers – “Heartland Bypass” & “Christmas In Huntsville”


4 thoughts on “Josh’s Top Ten Country & Americana Songs – October 2015

  1. Raymond November 2, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Ok so my Top 10 songs in October. Their were 3 albums I listened to all the way (Carrie Underwood, Jana Kramer, and Toby Keith.)

    1. Carrie Underwood The Girl You Think I Am
    2. Toby Keith Beautiful Stranger
    3. Carrie Underwood Choctaw County Affair
    4. Jana Kramer Circles
    5. Jana Kramer Last Song
    6. Carrie Underwood Church Bells
    7. Charles Kelley The Driver
    8. Lindsay Ell By The Way (guilty pleasure)
    9. Tim McGraw Damn Country Music
    10. LoCash Shipwrecked (guilty pleasure)

    Honorable Mentions
    Justin Moore You Look Like I Need A Drink
    Chris Young & Cassadee Pope Think Of You (really surprised by this since Cassadee has been bland but she really shows her strength)
    Tim McGraw and Big & Rich California

    Eh I might have lied I listened on iTunes for the other songs,

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  2. Derek Hudgin November 2, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I do love “I Guess It’s Alright to Be an Asshole.” I almost included that on my list as well. It’s just a damn fun song.

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  3. Zack November 3, 2015 / 8:40 am

    My personal top 10….

    1. Corb Lund- “Sadr City”
    2. Jason Boland and The Stragglers- “Heartland Bypass”
    3. Carrie Underwood- “Church Bells”
    4. Charles Kelley/Dierks Bentley/Eric Paslay- “The Driver”
    5. Jason Boland and The Stragglers- “The First To Know” (the fiddle on this is fantastic)
    6. Corb Lund- “Weight Of The Gun”
    7. Jason Boland and The Stragglers- “I Guess It’s Alright To Be An Asshole”
    8. Toby Keith- “Beautiful Stranger”
    9. Jana Kramer- “Dance In The Rain”
    10. Carrie Underwood- “Choctaw County Affair”

    Album Rankings
    1. Squelch (10/10)
    2. Things That Can’t Be Undone (8/10)
    3. Storyteller (7.5/10)
    4. 35 mph Town (5.5/10)
    5. thirty-one (4.5/10)

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