Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#69)
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.
Arlo McKinley – “Bag of Pills” – Not every playlist update gets a song that may end up getting nominated for Song of the Year. Many consider Arlo McKinley’s new album Die Midwestern the leader in the clubhouse for Album of the Year. Either way, it all should be on your radar as potentially some of the best music of 2020.
Brennen Leigh – “Don’t You Know I’m From Here” – A song from Brennen Leigh’s upcoming new album Prairie Love Letter out September 18th, the record is inspired and centered around the area near the Minnesota and North Dakota border where she grew up. Produced by Robbie Fulks, this is one to keep an eye out for.
Wayd Battle – “Coal County War” – This songwriter and former band member for Jamey Johnson put a hell of a collection of songs together for his new album Powerless, and “Coal Country War” is a great example of his quality writing and road-worn vocals that make for some great country music.
Josh Turner (ft. Allison Moorer) – “Alone and Forsaken” – You have to be pretty brave to cover a Hank Williams song like this. But like Josh Turner proves over and over on his new country classics album Country State of Mind, he can take monster songs and make them all his own with his one-in-a-million voice and true country approach.
Mo Pitney – “Mattress on the Floor” – Superbly-written song that young couples can relate to, and older couples can reminisce upon, it’s the perfect illustration of the most important aspect of love. Off Pitney’s new album Ain’t Lookin’ Back.
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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)
- “Coal County War” – Wayd Battle – Powerless
- “Don’t You Know I’m From Here” – Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter (9-18)
- “Passing Through” – Arna Georgia – Yes Girl
- “Run Horse Run” – Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times
- “The Time For Flowers” – Emily Scott Robinson – (single)
- “Alone and Forsaken” – Josh Turner – Country State of Mind
- “Bottom of the Pile” – Mike and the Moonpies – Touch of You: The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart
- “Neon Cross” – Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross
- “Bag of Pills” – Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern
- “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)
- “Mattress on the Floor” – Mo Pitney – Ain’t Lookin’ Back
- “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)
- “The Dream” – Lori McKenna – The Balladeer
- “Burn My Bridges” – Michaela Anne – (single)
August 23, 2020 @ 7:59 am
Run Horse Run has a Mel Tillis feel for me.
Jamie Wyatt has a Kathy Mattea feel for me
Caylee sounds like the singer from Coven and Alan, he’s ALAN!
Love the picking in Everygreen.
God I miss Randy!
Burn my Bridges, I had to make sure the name was right. I thought it was LeAnn Womack at first.
August 23, 2020 @ 9:03 am
The Other Playlist:
The Indy 500, a Nascar doubleheader & a new playlist…what a day.
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): Jonathan Lee – “Bourbon Bible” (NEW)
– Guilty Pleasure Track: Jameson Rodgers – “Some Girls”
– Song Of The Summer (so far): Robert Counts – “What Do I Know”
– Best NEW Track Or Artist: Jonathan Lee – “Bourbon Bible” (NEW)
23 year old singer/songwriter living in Nashville with his current single (his new one is called “Good Place To Quit”). “Bourbon Bible” is a hard country/gospel slowtempo track with a lot of steel & classic country lyrics.
Active / New & Current Tracks:
Kendall Shaffer – “Ghosts”
Travis Collins – “Damn Girl”
Dalton Elliott – “Born Southern”
Arna Georgia – “Passing Through”
Katie Brooke – “This Road Is Mine”
Jenni Dale Lord Band – “The Bottle”
Andy Penkow – “Wildflowers” (NEW)
Gary Allan – “Waste Of A Whiskey Drink”
The Silverline – “Home Sweet Homeless”
Dean Perrett – “Six Decks To Darwin” (NEW)
Mark Addison Chandler – “Better Than” (NEW)
Sarah Allison Turner – “Never Gonna Break Up” (NEW)
Scott Southworth feat. Jill Kinsey – “Agree To Disagree”
Kimberley Wheeler’s Roadside Holiday – “Willow Tree” (NEW)
Corb Lund feat. Jaida Dreyer – “I Think You Oughta Try Whiskey”
Jack Daniel Hancock – “If You’re Thinkin’ You Want A Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)” (NEW)
Active / ReCurrent & Country Gold:
Amber Lawrence – “Try”
Shane Martin – “Passenger Seat”
Tim Culpepper – “Drove Her Away”
Doug Bruce – “If Heartaches Were Contagious”
Moe Bandy – “You Haven’t Heard The Last Of Me”
John Thibodeaux – “Don’t Want To Love Her Anymore”
Playlist / Testing:
Wayd Battle – “Holes”
Southern Call – “Bridges”
Ben Ransom – “Mama Said”
Jason Wicks – “What’s Left Of Me”
Mandy Barnett – “You Needed Me”
Hershell Golden – “I’ve Got It Good”
The Hello Darlins – “Catch That Train”
Southern Brave – “Broken Heart Radio”
Shane Barnhill – “What She Sees In Me”
Allan Caswell feat. Damian Cafarella – “Spin”
Mandy Barnett – “Heartaches By The Number”
Adam Harvey feat. Lee Kernaghan – “Ramblin’ Fever”
Josh Turner feat. Allison Moorer – “Alone & Forsaken”
The Davisson Brothers Band feat. Amber Lawrence – “Greatest Show On Earth”
August 23, 2020 @ 10:55 am
playlist #69. nice
Robert's Country Blog
August 23, 2020 @ 12:12 pm
There are some good tunes in that lot. My May-August new music list currently sits at 85 artists (one song per): https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkY8-UOMZQ0_ni4m9QsGCe8VjtjWcUejc
August 23, 2020 @ 1:11 pm
I think thegentile and Jake Cutter had a back and forth going about Steve Albini a few weeks back.
That Brennan Leigh track and album is produced by Robbie Fulks, but it was recorded and mixed by Albini.
Don’t remember how that resolved itself, but since it was a (n off) topic of discussion around these part lately, I thought I’d bring it up.
August 23, 2020 @ 1:14 pm
I misspoke. Three tracks on the album were, but not the whole album, nor the track Trig added to the playlist.
Still may be of interest though.
And the track Trig added to the playlist sounds like it would fit in nicely on Gone Away Backwards or Upland Stories.
August 23, 2020 @ 2:09 pm
Thanks, I’ll check it out!
August 23, 2020 @ 2:21 pm
Ah, I can’t listen yet. I’ll be curious to see how those turn out. The one here sounds pretty good, but if has to guess, I’d say the Albini ones will sound better…at least to me.
August 23, 2020 @ 3:05 pm
Thanks for being a part of that back and forth.
I didn’t catch that discussion until a couple days/weeks later, so I didn’t feel like I could chime in, plus I don’t have the ear for production that you both seem to have.
At the time, I wanted to see if either of you had heard Phillips Roebuck’s 2004 album “One Man Band”. If you haven’t, it was recorded by Albini, it’s by a dude playing a banjo and with a bass drum strapped to his back, and it seemed to support both of your cases, if I remember them correctly.
Anyway, thanks for keeping things lively here.
August 23, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
That sounds pretty good. I always thought he’d be a good recorder of Americana and Country. It’s neither of those things, but kinda close is ‘Things We Lost in the Fire’ from Low. The song ‘Laser Beam’ sounds ridiculous, like she’s singing right in front of you. That whole album is good.
Of course, to record with him, the band has to be really good…he offers nothing in terms of turd polishing.
August 26, 2020 @ 3:16 am
“Bag of Pills”, really? My least favorite from an otherwise incredible batch of songs. Couldn’t you pick any one of the other ones? 🙂