Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#75)
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: Due to Google Play being shut down and rolled into YouTube, the playlist is no longer being supported on that format. Also please note the recently-changed home for the playlist on Apple Music.
Brit Taylor – “Broken Heart Breaks” – This Kentucky songwriter recently paired with producer Dave Brainard and co-writer Dan Auerbach to put a bitter divorce to song, with the result being her new record called Real Me. “Broken Heart Breaks” gives you a good indication of the sorrow and honesty you can expect from the record.
Seth Jones – “Lonely, Lonely Self” – Seth Jones leaves the edges rough and the emotions raw on his new record Whiskey Attitude, while the opening song of the set also includes some really stellar fiddle and guitar work. If you like country music that hurts, look no further.
Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers – “Fly” – Look alive, because Kentucky has birthed yet another outfit you need to be aware of in Jordan Allen and the Bellwethers who put a lot of drive and heart behind their blend of country and Southern rock. They have some really great songwriter songs too, but “Fly” recorded with Wes Smith is just too much fire to not feature.
Zach Bryan – “Crooked Teeth” – You get the answer of what this viral songwriter might sound like with a little bit more production behind him on his new EP Quiet, Heavy Dreams, and “Crooked Teeth” is one of the gems of the set.
Cody Jinks – “Somewhere in the Middle (Live)” – Jinks has more popular songs. But if you want to understand why he connects with his fan base so deeply, “Somewhere in the Middle” explains it pretty well. Of all the tracks off his new Red Rocks Live record, this one captures the essence of Jinks and the connection he makes with fans the most.
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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, Apple Music, and Tidal. 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.
Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist:
- “In Came You” – The Piedmont Boys – Almost Home
- “Fly” – Jordan Allen & the Bellwethers – Give My Love to Jenny
- “Why’d Ya Do It” – Sierra Ferrell – (single)
- “Ride On” – David Quinn – Letting Go
- “Lonely, Lonely Self” – Seth Jones – Whiskey Attitude
- “Broken Heart Breaks” – Brit Taylor – Real Me
- “You’re Not Gone” – Shelby Lee Lowe – Something in Me
- “Just Like The Circus” – Chevel Shepherd – (single)
- “I Don’t Mind” – Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 1
- “Too Bad You’re No Good” – Alecia Nugent – The Old Side of Town
- “You’re The Reason I Drink” – Graham Nancarrow – (single)
- “One Last Two Step” – Royce Johns – One Last Two Step
- “Body in a Boxcar” – Sunny Sweeney – Recorded Live at the Machine Shop
- “Threads” – Ward Davis – Black Cats and Crows
- “100 Proof Honky-Tonk” – The Reeves Brothers – The Last Honky Tonk
- “Tumbleweed” – Roo Arcus – Tumbleweed
- “Takin’ It As It Comes” – Randall King – (single)
- “Crooked Teeth” – Zach Bryan – Quiet, Heavy Dreams
- “Tallest Man in Tennessee” – Pat Reedy and the Longtime Goners – (single)
- “Quietly Into The Night” – Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson – Yellow Rose Soundtrack
- “Wreck Me” – Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times
- “Lac de Flambeau” – The Bloody Jug Band – Stranded
- “The Loneliness in Me” – Rachel Brooke – The Loneliness in Me
- “Take Me As I Am” – Aaron Vance – (single)
- “Champion” – Miranda Lambert – Make It Up As We Go Soundtrack
- “Somewhere in the Middle (Live)” – Cody Jinks – Red Rocks Live
December 6, 2020 @ 1:23 pm
Thanks for all your work/articles.
I have mentioned this before, but i never got your opinion: I’m having real problems purchasing music.
I don’t stream music (i need to use my phone at the same time and like owning music) and object to the paying big corporations big money for downloading. I used to buy cds, and would still prefer that, but the shipping cost to Australia is insane. I would be paying about $40 or more for an average album.
I like bandcamp and i like it that artists get a larger cut, but still, honestly how hard is it for artists to directly sell downloads on their website?
I have money i want to spend, surely they can find a better way.
Also, maybe there is an opening for an international independent music retailer. If it was a bundle of 20cds, i wouldn’t mind $40 in postage.
Any thoughts on that?
P.s. I got your Boomswagglers album off bandcamp.
December 6, 2020 @ 1:50 pm
I guess I just don’t have a very good answer for you. There are definitely fulfillment companies in Europe who sell American music via export like Continental Record Services, Loose Music, and Bear Family. But I’m not really an expert on how all of that works, or if there is a similar service in Australia. If there isn’t, perhaps that’s a hole in the market. Downloading music off a website requires a bit more technical skill than most independent musicians want to monkey with. Bandcamp and others just make it too easy to try to do it yourself, while also offering other services for artists, like stream and embed options, etc. You also want to make sure you get credit for all of your sales and downloads in the ISRC system that tracks music.
I wish I had a better answer for you.
December 6, 2020 @ 6:21 pm
There used to be a few cd importing services here such as Fishpond and Mighty Ape, but nowadays their choice is limited and the price can be prohibitive.
Of course, I could embrace streaming/Amazon, but then it’s hardly independent music anymore.
Sadly, pirating would be the easiest way of all. I haven’t done it for many years because I want to support the artists, but it would be too easy.
Look at it from my side: I see so many ‘independent’ artists basically telling me that I need an account with a major corporation just to listen to their music.
Maybe distributers like Thirty Tigers/New West need to get onto this?
December 8, 2020 @ 1:36 am
Bandcamp also has the Bandcamp Fridays feature – first Friday every month they waive their fee so all earnings go to artists. It’s not yet clear if they’ll be continuing it next year though.
December 8, 2020 @ 3:07 am
That is sweet as.
The other thing i like about Bandcamp is that it doesn’t tie you into a major corporation that you can’t escape from. This means that if it ever got greedy, it would be easy for a competitor to start up.
Its a great compromise between buying and streaming.
December 6, 2020 @ 7:50 pm
Gwen Stefani has 2 #1 radio songs… 2 more than Ashley McBryde… what the…
December 7, 2020 @ 7:15 pm
Will there be a 2020 Christmas playlist this year?
December 7, 2020 @ 8:41 pm
If everything goes right. Finishing up my Song of the Year stuff and then it will be on deck.
December 9, 2020 @ 2:06 pm
Oh man. Sierra Ferrell has a couple of sweet Christmas covers right now.
December 20, 2020 @ 4:09 pm
Unfortunately, it looks like the YouTube version is broken. It doesn’t line up with the Spotify, etc. version. It only has 24 songs and they’re not the same. Google has really screwed up the transition from Play Music.