Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#68)
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
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.
Colter Wall – “Cowpoke” – This is the Canadian singer and songwriter’s version of the classic cowboy song originally written and sung by Stan Jones. Colter takes an old song and makes it sound as real as ever ahead of his upcoming album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs out August 28th.
Caylee Hammack w/ Alan Jackson – “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” – Alan Jackson fans have been hankering for some new music for a while now since it’s been five years since he released his last album aside from the single “The Older I Get” released in 2017. Jackson surprised us all by releasing a new version of an old song with up-and-coming Capitol Records Nashville signee Caylee Hammack. “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” was a #1 for Don Williams in the early 80’s. Written by Dave Hanner, the inspirational song has been inspiring Caylee Hammack through the quarantine, and she decided to cut it with a country legend (read more).
Arna Georgia – “Passing Through” – Country singer and songwriter from Australia, her new album Yes Girl has many country fans Down Under and beyond buzzing, and “Passing Through” is a a perfect place to start.
Randy Travis – “Fool’s Love Affair” – The song comes from SiriusXM DJ and former music publisher Charlie Monk. Before Randy Travis signed his major label deal, he signed up with Monk Family Music as a songwriter. Charlie Monk co-wrote “Fool’s Love Affair” with Keith Stegall. Travis was tapped to sing on the demo of the song, likely in 1983 or 1984, and that’s how the song came into being. New instrumental tracks have been added behind Randy’s original vocals (read more).
Lori McKenna – “The Dream” – The only difficult part of deciding to put a Lori McKenna song in the playlist is choosing which one from her stunning new record The Balladeer. Ultimately, “The Dream” was chosen, because it represent not only McKenna’s superb songwriting, but the elevated production the new record features.
Michaela Anne – “Burn My Bridges” – Recorded during the same sessions as her latest album Desert Dove, Michaela Anne hearkens back to her more country side on this standalone single with plenty of steel guitar, and inspiration from Rodney Crowell’s “Ain’t Living Long Like This.”
Karen Jonas – “Pink Leather Boots” – The Fredericksburg, VA roots-leaning chanteuse is getting ready to release a new album on August 28th called The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams. This trucker’s tale reminiscent of Commander Cody’s version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” with it’s descending guitar line played perfectly by Karen’s right hand man Tim Bray really gets you excited for this project.
Scott Southworth – “Break My Honky Tonk Heart” – Just good ‘ol country music from Scott Southworth that shouldn’t be overlooked. His new album These Old Bones boasts one quality country song after another.
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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.
Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist:
- “Black & Blue” – Zephaniah OHora – Listening to the Music (8-28)
- “Cowpoke” – Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes (8-28)
- “Passing Through” – Arna Georgia – Yes Girl
- “Run Horse Run” – Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times
- “The Time For Flowers” – Emily Scott Robinson – (single)
- “Bottom of the Pile” – Mike and the Moonpies – Touch of You: The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart
- “Neon Cross” – Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross
- “Dave Dudley” – Rattlesnake Milk – Self-Titled
- “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” – Caylee Hammack w/ Alan Jackson – (single)
- “Evergreen” – Hill Country – Self-Titled
- “Fool’s Love Affair” – Randy Travis – (single)
- “River of Fools” – Logan Ledger – (single)
- “Space And Time” – S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling
- “Stray Dogs” – Tennessee Jet – The Country (9-4)
- “Road Runner” – Vincent Neil Emerson feat. Colter Wall – (single)
- “Honky Tonk Woman” – Victoria Bailey – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline (TBA)
- “Break My Honky Tonk Heart” – Scott Southworth – These Old Bones
- “Pink Leather Boots” – Karen Jonas – The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams (8-28)
- “Forgot About You” – Triston Marez – (single)
- “The Dream” – Lori McKenna – The Balladeer
- “Walking Shoes” – Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern (8-14)
- “Waiting in Line” – Kathryn Legendre – (single)
- “On Borrowed Time” – Bryan James – Politics or Religion
- “Burn My Bridges” – Michaela Anne – (single)
- “The Country Doesn’t Sound the Same” – John Baumann – Country Shade
August 2, 2020 @ 10:10 am
The Other Playlist:
Arna Georgia is on Triggers playlist now too.
Yes Girl is (so far) my AotY & it was hard work not to fill the playlist with the majority of album tracks. Or with new Scott Southworth songs or new Jenni Dale Lord Band music.
The Top Tracks:
– Best Track 2020 (so far): Dani Young – “Outback Lullaby”
– Most Played Track 2020 (so far): American Young – “Say It To Me Sober”
– Most Played Song August 2020 (so far): Gary Allan – “Waste Of A Whiskey Drink” (NEW)
– Guilty Pleasure Track: Jameson Rodgers – “Some Girls” (ReEntry)
– Song Of The Summer (so far): Robert Counts – “What Do I Know”
– Best NEW Track Or Artist: Travis Collins – “Damn Girl”
No…Travis Collins is not a new artist. He is a multi-award winning australian country-pop singer/songwriter. He sounds the best singing (emotional) midtempo/power ballads & “Damn Girl” is a perfect example.
Active / New & Current Tracks:
The New Graces – “Misty”
Jake Bush – “Gravity & You”
Kendall Shaffer – “Ghosts” (NEW)
Arna Georgia – “Passing Through”
Kylie Frey – “Spur Of The Moment”
Katie Brooke – “This Road Is Mine”
Jade Turner – “Highway Town” (NEW)
Dalton Elliott – “Born Southern” (NEW)
Carson Jeffrey – “Take Away This Pain”
The Silverline – “Home Sweet Homeless”
Jenni Dale Lord Band – “The Bottle” (NEW)
Jeremy Studdard – “Barely Breathing” (NEW)
Scott Southworth feat. Jill Kinsey – “Agree To Disagree” (NEW)
Corb Lund feat. Jaida Dreyer – “I Think You Oughta Try Whiskey”
Michael Carpenter & The Banks Brothers – “Honky Tonker” (NEW)
Amber Lawrence, Aleyce Simmonds, Kirsty Lee Akers & Dianna Corcoran – “True Blue”
Active / ReCurrent & Country Gold:
The New Graces – “Seasons”
Jesse Raub Jr. – “She’ll Put The Hurt On You”
Daryle Singletary – “That’s Where You’re Wrong”
Playlist / Testing:
Andy Penkow – “Wildflowers”
Kree Harrison – “Lie With Me”
Jodi Vaughan – “I Live For Today”
Clancy Pye – “Heaven Can’t Wait”
Dean Perrett – “Six Decks To Darwin”
Mark Addison Chandler – “Better Than”
Chad Cooke Band – “Cowboy’s Cowgirl”
A Thousand Horses – “A Song To Remember”
Mike Barnett feat. Sarah Jarosz – “Righteous Bell”
Kimberley Wheeler’s Roadside Holiday – “Willow Tree”
Jack Daniel Hancock – “If You’re Thinkin’ You Want A Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)”
August 2, 2020 @ 11:42 am
Thanks for adding me to “The Other List” OlaR!
August 2, 2020 @ 12:47 pm
OLaR will have you getting big down under
August 2, 2020 @ 4:05 pm
Lol…i wish i could.
Glad there are (still) artists like Scott Southworth releasing great music.
August 2, 2020 @ 11:43 am
Yeah Man! Thanks for including “Break My Honky Tonk Heart” on this awesome playlist!!
August 2, 2020 @ 12:24 pm
I’m thrilled your playlist is on Amazon! I can’t ever get any other media player to stay working on my phone while I work.
August 2, 2020 @ 12:56 pm
New Karen Jonas is sure to be good!
For anyone who hasn’t tried it, the album from Arna Georgia is great; stream it and I’ll bet you’ll buy it.
Half of Ashley Ray’s Pauline is out, and I think it’s shaping up to be one of 2020’s best.
August 2, 2020 @ 1:15 pm
Missing every song from The Boomswagglers new album!!!
August 2, 2020 @ 3:52 pm
I do think there’s an opportunity being missed by not at least granting SCM readers access to the behind the scenes making of the Heartbreaking Place in My Mind.
August 2, 2020 @ 9:29 pm
The silence in not even replying to comments about it says something.
August 2, 2020 @ 10:54 pm
It would be entirely unethical for me to use a an independent media platform I created to promote or even talk about an artist, band, or project that I was directly involved with. And though some may not appreciate this stance, trust me when I say there are MANY waiting in the wings to absolutely trounce me if I raised as much as a peep about it on this site. And if I did get trounced, they would be completely in the right.
I appreciate all the interest and enthusiasm for The Boomswagglers. I also appreciate the folks who’ve been trying to help spread the word. But I don’t appreciate it being characterized like a dereliction of my duty by not talking about the project here. The question people need to ask themselves is why have no other online outlets mentioned it? There have been now dozens of radio shows and podcasts that have highlighted the music, and people seem to be enjoying it. So why has NOBODY written about it? Not a single blurb?
I chose 13 years ago to start playing journalist and music critic because I was appalled by all the great music out there that nobody was talking about or giving proper and professional coverage of. I have reviewed over 1,000 records and highlighted many more. I have contributed to this community with my heart and guts, personal sacrifice and financial burden. I don’t always expect people to agree with me or how I operate. But I would hope nobody would ever question my dedication and heart to this music.
August 3, 2020 @ 3:24 am
SCM is the only site I read.
August 3, 2020 @ 9:38 am
My comment wasn’t meant to criticize…the “something” I’m referring to just meant that you’re being deliberate to not say anything, implying that you must have your reasons. The only thing I’d add to that, and It goes without saying that you should do what you feel is right, but a disclaimer about your involvement would satisfy most rational people. Who really cares about the people who would have a problem with that? As you know, nowadays it’s almost impossible not to outrage someone, so why even worry about it? At this point, I’m more suspect of the people who DONT get trounced. They’re usually walking a very narrow self-censoring and fearful line. All of that said, your reasoning is admirable, and it seems to be from your heart, so that’s enough for me.
The lack of coverage by other outlets that you describe, touches on the reason I hate the mainstream, and 90% of other “journalists” in this industry. Seeing the shitty, shallow artists being covered in other outlets, and even defended by many in your comment section, is enough to bring me down. Your site, and the bands you highlight most of the time, are some of the only bright spots. Finally….since on the subject…. the album is great and sounds pretty unique. Personally, I’d be curious to hear about the making of it, and there isn’t much out there.
August 3, 2020 @ 5:19 pm
The whole situation brings to mind that on other sites I’m on for other genre’s. Anytime any normal person criticizes any song or album in a thread that’s being discussed there’s always the obligatory chode that may or may not be in said band or be just a Stan that says….”Where’s your album dude?” I’ve actually never seen it said on here to any of us or even Trigger but at least Trig could comeback with “It’s right here”….lol He knows we all love the album because we have good enough taste to hang out on this site……kinda goes hand in hand. There’s not one review or mention anywhere and that’s the real crime. Surprised nobody does it to take an unwarranted cheap shot out of revenge or jealousy. The only man in Country music that talks the talk AND walks the walk. RESPECT!
August 2, 2020 @ 10:52 pm
The Arna Georgia album is fabulous.