Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#84)
As we head into the Memorial Day weekend when many will be letting loose, taking it easy, and remembering our fallen heroes, what better time to juice up the Top 25 playlist, especially with the round of great new songs that have just come down the pike.
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.
Brock Gonyea – “My World Turns To Silver” – Just give a spin to Brock’s new EP Where My Heart Is and you’ll be hooked. It’s only a small portion size so far, but it sounds like we’ve discovered the next new artist who can hearken back to the 50’s in country and sound like he’s from the era instead of just trying to emulate it.
Cole Chaney – “Ill Will Creek” – Cole Chaney’s new album Mercy has many people already praising it as being one of the best all year, and we haven’t even reached the heat of the summer yet. If you’re into those Kentucky songwriters and Tyler Childers-style coal music, make sure this guy is on your radar.
Jesse Daniel – “Think I’ll Stay” – One of the fastest-rising names in traditional country music over the last few years has been small town California-native turned Texas transplant Jesse Daniel. Now in a quick turnaround time from his highly-regarded album Rollin’ On from 2020, he’s ready to release another long player called Beyond These Walls on July 30th, dropping “Think I’ll Stay” to tide us over until the release.
Connie Smith – “Look Out Heart” – Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Connie Smith is getting ready to release her first new record in a decade, and one thing is for sure, it’ll be country. Called The Cry of the Heart, once again her husband Marty Stuart will be the producer, and you can hear that signature Stuart guitar sound on the album’s first single, “Look Out Heart.”
Blackberry Smoke w/ Jamey Johnson – “Lonesome for a Livin'” – Well, apparently we won’t be getting a new album from Jamey Johnson any time soon (it’s a long story), but we get the next best thing in this guesting on the new Blackberry Smoke album You Hear Georgia. One of the most country songs of the lot, songs like this are the reason folks wish for new music from Jamey.
Allison Russell – “Persephone” – Allison Russell’s Outside Child will be talked about the rest of the year as one of the greatest albums in Americana, and though some or much of the album may be a little too “Americana” for many country fans, the steel guitar and story makes “Persephone” something whose appeal is wide ranging.
Alan Jackson – “Way Down in My Whiskey” – There are a lot of good selections from the 21 songs Alan Jackson recently delivered on his new album Where Have You Gone, but “Way Down in My Whiskey” feels like one of those we’ll be listening to again and again, and for years to come, like all those great Alan Jackson songs.
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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:
- “Soul Train” – Charlie Marie – Ramble On
- “Think I’ll Stay” – Jesse Daniel – Beyond These Walls (7-30)
- “My World Turns to Silver” – Brock Gonyea – Where My Heart Is
- “You’re Luck She’s Lonely” – Summer Dean w/ Colter Wall – Bad Romantic (8-27)
- “Every Night I Burn Another Honky Tonk Down” – Dallas Moore – The Rain
- “Look Out Heart” – Connie Smith – The Cry of the Heart (8-20)
- “Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” – American Aquarium – Slappers, Bangers, and Certified Twangers
- “Here Come The Blues” – The Shootouts – Bullseye
- “Love You More” – Dag Erik Oksvold – (single)
- “Cold Cold Night” – Triston Marez – Self-Titled
- “Arkansas Hills” – Melissa Carper – Daddy’s Country Gold
- “Just Don’t” – Shelby Lee Lowe – (single)
- “Lonesome for a Livin’” – Blackberry Smoke w/ Jamey Johnson – You Hear Georgia
- “Faustina” – John R. Miller – Depreciated (7-16)
- “Ill Will Creek” – Cole Chaney – Mercy
- “Pawn Shop Queen” – Katie Jo – Pawn Shop Queen
- “Midnight Run” – Charley Crockett – 10 For Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand
- “One Life Stand” – Lauren Mascitti – (single)
- “Drinkin’ Lots of Wine” – Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts – Honky Tonkin’ Beauty Supreme (6-11)
- “Way Down in My Whiskey” – Alan Jackson – Where Have You Gone
- “Only If It’s With You” – Michael Monroe Goodman – (single)
- “Things A Man Oughta Know” – Lainey Wilson – Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’
- “That Train” – Mac Leaphart – Music City Joke
- “Persephone” – Allison Russell – Outside Child
- “Am I Right or Amarillo” – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall – The Marfa Tapes
- “Run On Ahead” – The Steel Woods – All of Your Stones
May 29, 2021 @ 11:08 am
Great list as always Trigger! Have you been turned on to Ben Jarrell yet? Saw him open for Whitey, and damn he was good.
May 29, 2021 @ 11:19 am
Nevermind Trig, a quick search of your site and I found a review you did of him. Cant believe I missed that since I read this site multiple times a day!
May 29, 2021 @ 12:53 pm
Yes, Ben Jarrell is a good one, and a Top 25 Playlist alumnus. I look forward to the new music he’s got on the way.
The Ghost Of...
May 29, 2021 @ 12:47 pm
The Other Australian Playlist:
Best Track of 2021 (so far): Katrina Burgoyne – “Songwriter”
Most Played Track of 2021 (so far): Michelle Cashman – “Praying For Rain”
Most Played Track May 2021: Andrew Swift feat. Cass Hopetoun – “Say The Word”
Current Guilty Pleasure Track: Will Day – “Countrified”
Current Most Played Track (not Australasia): Gord Bamford – “Heaven On Dirt”
Best Album of 2021 (so far): Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham – The Song Club
The Current Tracks:
O’Shea – “Nashville, Indiana”
Spiff & Fifi – “Stumblin’ In” (NEW)
Shane Nicholson – “Harvest On Vinyl”
The New Graces – “Farmers Daughter”
Cathy Dobson – “Love Ain’t Bulletproof”
Troy Cassar-Daley – “The World Today”
Sue Ray – “All The Lonely Ones” (NEW)
Sally-Anne Whitten – “Not Afraid Of The Dark”
Natalie Henry – “Weed, Wine & Woman” (NEW)
Camille Trail & Brad Butcher – “Holding Pattern”
Andy Penkow & Della Harris – “How Many Times”
Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham – “Seasons”
Felicity Urquhart & Josh Cunningham – “Spare Parts”
Jason Owen feat. Tania Kernaghan – “Back Home Again”
Jason Lee feat. Tania Kernaghan – “Dust Beneath My Boots”
Greta Ziller – “Fan The Fire” (Damian Cafarella Remix) (NEW)
Lynchburg (Allan Caswell & Lindsay Waddington) – “Just Get Better”
Lynchburg (Allan Caswell & Lindsay Waddington) – “Love You When I Can”
Michael Carpenter & The Banks Brothers feat. Lozz Benson – “Me & You & The Other Guy”
The ReCurrent & Country Gold Tracks:
Kaylens Rain – “Waiting On A Bus”
James Blundell – “Rain On A Tin Roof”
Deep Creek Road – “If You Only Knew When”
The New Releases & Waiting List:
Darlinghurst – “Unfaithful”
Andersonlane – “The Fight”
Aaron Jurd – “Midnight Train”
Michaela Jenke – “Stop & Stare”
Georgia State Line – “Every Time”
Col Finley – “Working On The Land”
Good Will Remedy – “Lightning Bolt”
Jason McGregor – “That’s Why We’re Here”
May 29, 2021 @ 12:54 pm
Glad to see you back. You’ve been missed. I even went down a rabbit hole once trying to confirm or deny you had died.
The Ghost Of...
May 29, 2021 @ 1:38 pm
May 29, 2021 @ 1:15 pm
James Blundell’s Hand it Down was one of my favorites from the early 90s. I was fortunate to find that one, but It was so hard to find Australian country CDs in NY and Philly that I finally gave up trying to follow his career.
Rain on a Tin Roof sounds great. Thanks for the tip.
The Ghost Of...
May 29, 2021 @ 2:20 pm
James Blundell is still making music.
His current single is a duet with Lily Grace (“Annie June”).
He became the 2019 inductee in the Roll of Renown (the highest possible award for australasian country artists, songwriters & producers).
Hand It Down won an ARIA AotY award. His most recend album is Campfire (2017) & in 2018 a tribute album was released (30 Years of Pride: A Tribute to James Blundell).
He tried to become a member of the parliament, left a wife (or two), & went bancrupt.
My favourite JB track is “Age Of Grace”.
Australian country CDs in the 90’s…i had an uncle who lived in Cologne, Germany. He had to go to the “Saturn” record-store (“The World Biggest Record Store”) every month with my list of new releases & other stuff.
I was sooo happy when he called me to tell me he found a Tania (!) Kernaghan (!) CD.
Not only australian music…canadian country & many independent american releases too (like MTM Records, 16th Avenue & other long gone labels) & it was hell to get the RCA Nashville releases here too.
May 29, 2021 @ 3:10 pm
Good to know.
Age of Grace is a great opener to Hand to Down. My favorites on that album are Time on His Hand and Hand it Down. That album is dense with quality songs.
The next album had Hard Times/Way Out West. Those two songs fuse together very well.
May 30, 2021 @ 1:08 pm
Never heard of Michelle Cashman before. She is fantastic — what a voice!
West of Midwest
May 29, 2021 @ 1:52 pm
Not sure if he’s ever appeared on here but Colby Acuff has been getting solid rotation these days on the commute. Somewhat similar to Cole Chaney
May 29, 2021 @ 2:23 pm
I love the Blackberry Smoke & Jamey track, the album too, I’m sure Trig’s workin’ on the revue. I really like that Cory Grinder and the Playboy Scouts song they’ll be here July 3. That’s turning into a busy weekend but I hope to get there to see em. The night before that Lainey Wilson will be headlining a small festival an hour from me. Obviously love the song and the album has grown on me so much I’ll have to once again go back and amend what I said in that revue thread. Katie Jo, Jesse Daniel, and Ben Jarrell’s new tune “Chevrolets and Angels” all in my rotation. And some say Country music is dead?…..LOL I don’t have time to listen to all the great stuff. Glad to see OlaR back too….oops I mean The Ghost Of……..
May 29, 2021 @ 3:42 pm
I think Jamey Johnson sitting in with other artists is kid of like his version of living off public assistance. OK, that’s not really fair; he surely doesn’t need the money, but there might be a tiny nugget of truth in it. It’s mind boggling that he can’t get the gumption/ or courage to release his own music. I know, it’s his business and we should be grateful, but either be an artist or don’t. I was his biggest fan 10 years ago. I bought 3 concert tickets, physical copies of every album up through the guitar song, even bought a T-shirt. But, I’m sick of hearing about him recording with others and touring when he doesn’t put something out their like most artists. Merle, Waylon, Willie and many others put out stuff that wasn’t great at some point in their careers. They stayed in the fight and kept fighting for success. They respected their fans that had supported them and made them wealthy and famous. Willie is still plugging away. Jamey evidently can’t bring himself to put out an album unless it’s a guaranteed success. I respect Kenny Chesney more than Jamey Johnson, at least he puts out albums that his fans like, even if they aren’t the epic successes that he put out 10 years ago. That’s my 2 cents. We all have an opinion I suppose; that’s mine!
May 30, 2021 @ 7:08 am
How is putting out shitty or subpar music supporting his fan base? As long as he’s still touring and playing his music, that’s all he owes his fans.
May 30, 2021 @ 7:25 am
He wouldn’t be putting out “shitty music.” He’s a great songwriter; I’m sure he has enough material to put out a respectable album or two over the last 10 years. Hell, if he would have just recorded some of the songs he’s given to others, he would have had at least half a decent album. I disagree that he doesn’t owe his fans more; but as I said, everybody is entitled to their opinion.
May 29, 2021 @ 3:44 pm
That Allison Russell album is a triumph of love and a scorching testimony to the redemptive power of music. Album of the year so far for me.
May 29, 2021 @ 4:10 pm
Hm, yes, and the “abusive lover” she escapes in “Persephone” was her stepfather.
May 29, 2021 @ 4:26 pm
Well, that’s not the summation of the song I received, which apparently was wrong, and I certainly didn’t mean to imply that her stepfather was her lover.
The description of the song has been amended.
May 30, 2021 @ 12:24 am
No, of course you didn’t mean that. I phrased that comment stupidly, I only meant you to correct the description. I should have sent you a private message, which is what I’ll do next time. Anyways, great move featuring her on the list. I think I’m starting to get addicted to that album.
May 31, 2021 @ 4:40 pm
” I certainly didn’t mean to imply that her stepfather was her lover.”
have you followed pornhub lately? the “step” angle is apparently a thing now. the times they are a changin’ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
May 30, 2021 @ 9:23 am
Don’t know how I did it, but I clicked on something and was taken to Apple Music version of your playlist. Thanks for including it.
May 31, 2021 @ 8:55 am
Hey – Augie Meyers turns 81 today. He’s a badass with keyboard or accordion, and done Rock and Country, but I really dig his Tex-Mex stuff. For starters I’d stream “The Real Tex-Mex” by Augie Meyers and His Valley Vatos. And for a dose of Augie in a band setting (with the likes of Freddy Fender, Flaco Jiménez, etc) take a dive into the Texas Tornados catalog.