We’ve got a new album out today by THE KING, yes that would be Mr George Strait himself. George’s new album is called Love is Everything and it’s a winner! George has been at it long enough in this business to know what works and this album is definitely working. It’s like he keeps getting better and better! I am not really sure how to narrow down the must listens on this album because I’m gonna listen to this album over and over and over again I can already tell. But these are the ones that caught my attention at first listen: “I Got a Car”, “Blue Melodies”, “I Thought I Heard My Heart Sing”.
Trace Adkins also has a new album out today called Love Will… and he’s got some awesome guest stars if you will. Exile and Colbie Caillet are featured on this album. These are the must listens for this album: “Kiss You All Over”, “If The Sun Comes Up”, “Watch The World End”.
Go check these out for sure! So tell me, what else are yall listening to?
Two BIG releases this week. First up, Pistol Annies have a new album out today called Annie Up. This is Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angeleena Presley second album together as the group Pistol Annies. You’ve probably heard the first single “Hush Hush” which is a must listen. Some other songs you definitely want to check out are “Don’t Talk About Him, Tina”, “Blues Your a Buzzkill”, and “Damn Thing”, though you should probably buy the whole album because all the songs are great if you are a Pistol Annies fan. They don’t disappoint.
The next big release out today is Lady Antebellum’s Golden. They already have a hit on their hands with “Downtown”. This is their fourth studio album and includes both upbeat fun songs as well as some ballads. Definite must listens are “Goodbye Town”, “It Ain’t Pretty”, and “All for Love”. This is a fantastic album, go check it out!
We’ve got some new stuff out today! Kenny Chesney’s latest Life On A Rock is out today. If you are a fan of Kenny’s island life songs then this is sure to please. You’ll even get a duet with Willie Nelson thrown into the mix. Who can resist Willie! The must listens are: “When I See This Bar”, “Lindy”, “Happy On The Hey Now”.
Also out today is an album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell called Love Has Come For You. It’s a folk album including Steve Martin’s banjo picking and Edie Brickell’s words and voice. As you can imagine with Edie Brickell’s vocals, it’s a very laid back sound but with the awesome Steve Martin banjo playing. Definitely check this one out.
An EP that you should be aware of is by Krystal Keith, daughter of none other than Toby Keith and folks she’s got a great voice! Looks like most people are buying “Daddy Dance With Me” on iTunes but I’m thinking I really like the song “Can’t Buy You Money”. I think it really showcases her voice.
I’d like to end this post with a nod to the great George Jones who left us too soon. I love so many of George Jones’ songs but the one that always gets me is “He Stopped Loving Her Today”. iTunes has a Remembering George Jones section up right now–go get lost in some of those songs.
There are some great new singles out lately and all three of these ladies have been or are on our television sets! First up! Wynonna has a single out called Something You Can’t Live Without. Wynonna has been all over the tv lately, first with Dancing with the Stars and second with an hour long documentary regarding her husband’s horrific motorcycle accident in which he lost one of his legs. The documentary is called Wynonna & Cactus: The Road Back. Check out all of the above. You can’t go wrong with Wynonna!
Next song I have to tell you about is Jana Kramer. She’s had a single out called Whiskey for a little bit now and she just recently released an acoustic version. This is a good song folks! It’s still in my listening rotation! And I just loved Jana Kramer when she was on One Tree Hill…remember that?!
The last song you should be aware of is by sassy Sasha Pieterse who currently stars on Pretty Little Liars. The song is called The Country is Bad Ass. So that’s one heck of a song title huh? It’s an upbeat fun song, have a listen.
Willie Nelson has a new album out today called Let’s Face the Music and Dance. Willie never lets us down with his new release year after year. This year he turns 80 and is in his 6th decade of recording. If you are a true Willie Nelson fan, you won’t be disappointed by this album. This is the same great Willie sound you are used to mixed with remakes of old songs written by Irving Berlin, Carl Perkins, Frank Loesser and Django Reinhart, and one of his own songs, “Is The Better Part Over.” In addition there are a couple of instrumental songs.
Listen to his own remake of Is the Better Part Over, South of the Border and Walking My Baby Back Home.
I honestly never get tired of listening to Willie Nelson…I have so many of his albums and there is nothing better than turning up a little Willie Nelson for the drive home at the end of a tired day.
We’ve got a new album coming out today that I’m gonna tell you about but I also want to include some music that came out recently that if you aren’t listening to it you need to be!
First up, The Band Perry has a new album out today called Pioneer. You already know one single off this album, Better Dig Two. This is The Band Perry’s second album and they co-wrote 9 of the 12 songs. Check out Back to Me Without You and Chainsaw.
Another album you absolutely need to be aware of is Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park. I touched on this album a bit with the last Wear It post, but you for sure need to get this into your rotation. Listen to Blowin’ Smoke, Step Off, and Silver Lining. This whole album is PHENOMENAL.
The last bit of music I want you to be aware of is a single off the show Nashville. It’s called Stronger than Me and it’s sung by Connie Britton. She does a GREAT job on this song. It’s definitely a must listen.
So tell me, what are you listening to these days?
Blake Shelton has a new album out today called Based on a True Story. This new album comes right on the heels of last night’s season premiere of The Voice. Blake Shelton, three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and current Entertainer of the Year, is a busy guy! There are twelve tracks on this album and of course his wife Miranda Lambert and her band The Pistol Annies make an appearance as do some of this other TEAM BLAKE contestants from past seasons of The Voice. There are plenty of upbeat songs as well as ballads.
These are my must listens: Country on the Radio, Mine Would Be You, and I Found Someone.
I’ve Still Got a Finger is PURE Blake humor, so you must listen to that one! And of course his current single Sure Be Cool If You Did is already a hit. So have a listen and tell me which of the songs on this album are your favorites, it was definitely a tough decision picking out just three!
George Strait photo via CMT.com
I’m going to do a different kind of New Music post today. George Strait’s Cowboy Rides Away tour is in full swing and he came through Houston for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on Sunday night. Let me tell you, these tickets were hard to come by and we were in the nosebleeds but we were not going to miss his show on his last year of touring. I’ve been going to see George Strait at the rodeo since I was a kid, it just wouldn’t be the same if there were no George Strait at the Houston Rodeo. As you can imagine there are tons of people with the same thing on their mind, 80,000 people actually–setting a new attendance record! As you can imagine there was a lot of walking going on to get through the Reliant Center and Stadium and I decided to wear my Pecos Bill Turquoise boots from Langston’s for the first time. I thought it was probably nuts to wear some boots I’d never worn before when I knew I was going to be doing a lot of walking, but I went ahead and went with it and thought I’d tough it out. Tough it out I did not because they are THE MOST COMFORTABLE boots I own–just as comfortable as my trusty Luccheses. If you are looking for some CUTE AND COMFORTABLE boots you can not go wrong with these. I got many compliments on them!! In addition to my Pecos Bill boots, George Strait did not disappoint either performing lots of his oldies but goodies and new stuff also.
In addition to his performance on Sunday, George Strait also announced his upcoming 40th album will be released on May 14th and called Love is Everything. We’ll talk more about that album around that date, I can’t wait!!
Two albums come out today that you need to be in the know about! First up! Ashley Monroe’s Like a Rose is out today. This is Monroe’s first album since 2009 and its a good one!! Definitely the shining song on this album is the duet with Blake Shelton called You Ain’t Dolly (And You Ain’t Porter). It’s a must listen! A couple of other songs off the album you need to check out are Like a Rose and You Got Me. It’s definitely an album that needs to be in your rotation!
Switching gears, we have Luke Bryan’s Spring Break…Here to Party out today as well just in time for Spring Break! Luke Bryan was quote as saying, “Any chance I have to continue to go to Spring Break, I’m always going to take that opportunity,” and that’s why he releases his Spring Break EPs. The whole album is fun, so go have a listen to all of it!