Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#65)
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats (see below), or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. New songs have just been added.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Google Play will soon be fazing out and rolled into YouTube Music. The playlist will continue to be supported on Google Play for the moment, but eventually will be going away along with the service, so please make preparations.
Charley Crockett – “Welcome to Hard Times” – As if the most potent strains of American roots music all rose up from the ground and intertwined into a living, breathing entity, Charley Crockett contains an unfair amount of country and blues talent, only rendered forgivable from his incredible ability to share it. This is the first song and title track from his upcoming album out July 31st.
Hill Country – “Evergreen” – This Texas music supergroup helmed by Zane Williams and Paul Eason has put out an excellent-listening self-titled album that you can just put on and let the time pass. “Evergreen” shows off a bit more of the rootsy side of this band.
Victoria Bailey – “Honky Tonk Woman” – Classic country to her core, California-based Victoria Bailey evokes visions of the signing cowgirls of the Silver Screen with the first song from her upcoming album, Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline due out later this year. This is an artist to get on your radar.
Zephaniah OHora – “All American Singer” – This Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter is so damn good, he doesn’t even have to rhyme the verses to turn in an excellent song. It’s the first from his new album Listening to the Music out August 28th. (read more)
John Prine – “I Remember Everything” – The final song ever recorded by John Prine, the delicate sweetness, and poetic weight that accompanied John Prine songs for over 50 years is all evident in “I Remember Everything,” and what a way to punctuate how the most important thing in life is our memories right as Prine’s story was coming to a close. (read more)
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The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist primarily lives on Spotify, but is also available for those who use Amazon Music, YouTube, Google Play, Tidal, and on Apple Music thanks to Country Exclusive. For those who don’t stream music, you can still find the song recommendations in list form below.
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Please Note: The songs on this playlist are curated for listening pleasure and flow. Otherwise, they are not in any specific order.
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Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist:
- “Bottom of the Pile” – Mike and the Moonpies – Touch of You: The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart
- “Evergreen” – Hill Country – Self-Titled
- “All American Singer” – Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (8-28)
- “Neon Cross” – Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross
- “River of Fools” – Logan Ledger – (single)
- “Why Do I Still Want You” – Tessy Lou Williams – Self-Titled
- “The Luckier You Get” – American Aquarium – Lamentations
- “How ‘Bout That” – Jonathan Parker – Broken Hearts & Broken Bones
- “Honky Tonk Woman” – Victoria Bailey – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (TBA)
- “Forgot About You” – Triston Marez – (single)
- “Same Old Blues” – Joey Allcorn – (single)
- “Renowhere” – Hellbound Glory – Pure Scum (6-5)
- “Barbers and Bartenders” – Caitlin Cannon – The TrashCannon Album
- “Ditches” – T.J. Hernandez – Destination Unknown
- “Country’s Comin’ Back” – Josh Grider – (single)
- “Lonesome on My Own” – Reckless Kelly – American Jackpot / American Girls
- “Sister Elizabeth” – The Tender Things – How You Make A Fool
- “Waiting in Line” – Kathryn Legendre – (single)
- “West Texas in My Eye” – The Panhandlers – The Panhandlers
- “Dark Turn of Mind” – Pam Tillis – Looking for a Feeling
- “The Country Doesn’t Sound the Same” – John Baumann – Country Shade
- “Lightning on the Mountain” – Kyle Nix – Lightning on the Mountain (6-26)
- “Honky Tonk Hell” – Gabe Lee – Honky Tonk Hell
- “Welcome To Hard Times” – Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times (7-31)
- “Old Men” – Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic (6-26)
- “I Remember Everything” – John Prine – Final Recorded Song
June 14, 2020 @ 11:55 am
The Other Playlist:
Spotify is on my list…it is…really…well…we will see…
Best Song 2020 (so far): James Dupré – “You’re Probably Drunk Right Now”
Most Played Song 2020 (so far): Mike Love Band – “Wild Horse”
Most Played Song June 2020 (so far): Jabe Burgess – “I Live For This” (NEW)
– Best NEW Track or Artist: Jabe Burgess – “I Live For This”
Young singer/songwriter from Arkansas. Living in Nashville now.
He is working with songwriter Mark Alan Springer & (as far as i know) signed to Springers publishing company.
– Guilty Pleasure Track: Jameson Rodgers – “Some Girls”
– Song of the Summer (so far): Tyler Joe Miller – “I Would Be Over Me Too” (NEW)
Best canadian mainstream country track since…well…since…can’t remember.
Active / New & Current Tracks:
Mike Ryan – “Ghost Town”
Travis Collins – “Rainy Day”
The New Graces – “Seasons”
Doc West – “Drunk By Myself”
Darlinghurst – “Picture Frame”
Emma Jene – “Boy Meets Girl”
Clay Hollis – “Here I Go Again”
Hinterland – “In The Hinterland”
Kylie Frey – “Spur Of The Moment”
Jaime Wyatt – “Neon Cross” (NEW)
Jon Stork – “Radio Cowboy” (ReEntry)
Lizzy Long – “Fireflies & Falling Stars”
Caitlin Cannon – “Barbers & Bartenders”
Bri Bagwell – “As Soon As You” (ReEntry)
Mickey Lamantia – “He Likes It Fine” (NEW)
Kathryn Legendre – “Waiting In Line” (NEW)
Carson Jeffrey – “Take Away This Pain” (NEW)
American Young – “Say It To Me Sober” (NEW)
The Silverline – “Home Sweet Homeless” (NEW)
Noah Smith – “Shoulda Seen Me Yesterday” (NEW)
Jaime Wyatt feat. Shooter Jennings – “Hurt So Bad” (NEW)
Jessi Alexander feat. Jonathan Singleton – “Decatur County Red”
Active / ReCurrent & Country Gold:
James Lann – “Halfway To Houston”
Bobbie Cryner – “Son Of A Preacher Man”
Playlist / Testing:
Clancy Pye – “Get Lost”
Jeff Crosby – “Northstar”
Texas Hill – “Darkest Sky”
Kolby Cooper – “If I Still Had It”
Dalton Elliott – “Born Southern”
Voodoo Town – “Girl Next Door”
Dan Higgins – “Isn’t It A Shame”
Arna Georgia – “Passing Through”
Mitch Dean – “A Face In A Long Line”
Jesse Raub Jr. – “I’d Look Good On You”
Michelle Billingsley – “Drink ‘Til I’m Pretty”
Xavier Joseph – “Tomorrow’s Another Night”
June 14, 2020 @ 12:02 pm
I’ve become a big fan of Tristan Marez thanks to SCM. from the songwriting and his stellar vocal performances to the seamless musicianship and skilled production his stuff is what honest mainstream country should , at least , aspire to , IMO . THIS is what guys like Easton Corbin could have and SHOULD have continued to produce after his fine debut record demonstrated his respect for and capability to do so .
I’ll put Lauren Mascitti in that camp as well for all the same reasons AND her unique vocal characteristics. I’m enjoying the heck out of her newest effort .
I totally appreciate artists like these getting every aspect of recording RIGHT . I don’t want to have to work at discerning and / or guessing at a lyric or digging it out from a mix . that’s not my ‘ job’ as a listener , I don’t believe . I want all of the crafting- from the songwriting to the performances to the production and mixing – to work together supporting the song’s vibe and sentiment so I can JUST be a listener .
I’ve heard select posts by other artists on the playlists who seem to have all of this together as well .but with the two artists I’ve mentioned I have complete albums and can attest to the fact that they get it completely right on all counts . and man …..what a treat .
thanks for continuing to spotlight these folks , Trigger .
June 14, 2020 @ 6:46 pm
Two great picks. Enjoying them, too. Good singers!
June 14, 2020 @ 3:12 pm
This is probably too mainstream for the top 25 on this page, but I’m anxiously awaiting your critique of Kip Moore’s ‘Wild World’ album. As always with kip, his songs go from southern rock style, to pop/rock, with some twangy country undertones. I’ve always loved his sound, and authentic style. Plus he writes most of his album songs, including all but one on this new one. It’s a phenomenal album, and all of his really tell a story that you can tell is close to his true feelings/life events. He’s one of my all time favorite artists, and I feel like if you heard the album, you’d have to add ‘Janie Blu’, and ‘Sweet Virginia’ to that top 25 list. His band is amazing too. Awesome instrumentation in both songs, and amazing vocals, especially in Janie Blu. He just knows how to write a song. And it translates to his live performances too. I had the single greatest fan experience ever last August’s. Kip’s ‘dive bar’ tour in the middle of his acoustic world tour. He played in 3 ‘dive bars’ in major cities, Detroit being one of them. It was simply amazing being there, and seeing my favorite artist, a touring veteran perform all of my favorite songs while standing a mere 10 feet away with only 150 die hard fans. You can’t beat an experience like that, especially from an already established artist, who normally sells out much bigger venues. And to top it all off, I went for free! Also, my wife and I had gotten engaged the night before, so it was overall just one of the happiest times of my life, and kip made it extra special by performing our song. One that wasn’t even supposed to be on the set list (he added it towards the end of his 3 hour or so set, saying that he hadn’t performed that song live in about 2 years, because of him focusing on newer songs.) what a time. So yeah, I got on a bit of a rant there, but you should definitely check out Kips new album, and let us all know what you think.
June 25, 2020 @ 12:05 am
Huge Kip fan myself, Janie blu and Sweet Virginia don’t belong on any country lists anywhere though. At least not the way they’re recorded for the album. Payin’ Hard is one of the best written country songs I’ve heard in a long time though- closes the album with it, check that one out
June 17, 2020 @ 7:52 pm
Triggerman, i thought you’d appreciate this
June 17, 2020 @ 8:28 pm
Yes, this is pretty cool. Maria Ivey reached out about it a while ago. Hoping to get a copy and I might report on it.
June 22, 2020 @ 9:27 pm
I just found the new Boomswagglers album and that’s all I want to listen to for awhile. I love it!
June 28, 2020 @ 12:25 am
The new Charley Crockett song is just fantastic and has me looking forward to his 2nd new album this year. The man’s definitely prolific and maintains quality while he’s at it. Field Recordings, Vol. 1 is 30 songs, yet I never want to skip one. Pickathon’s Concert a Day Series just featured him (https://youtu.be/s8qoBc6l1qk) and whenever live music becomes a thing again, he’s at the top of my list to get out and see.