Hopefully we can hold out for just a little bit longer before Christmas music is the only music you hear no matter what you turn on, or where you go. Some great late year additions have appeared in independent country music, so let’s run them down before it’s Christmas carols at a nauseating clip.
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.
Alan Jackson – “Racing The Dark” – Alan Jackson’s family experienced an unthinkable tragedy when his oldest daughter Mattie Jackson Selecman’s husband Ben was trying to help a woman onto a boat near Jupiter, Florida, and fell from the pier, hitting his head and sustaining fatal injuries. He died on September 12th, 2018. Jackson’s daughter released a new book about the experience called Lemons on Friday, and as part of the project, Alan Jackson co-wrote this song with his daughter. (read more)
Nick Sizemore – “Pictures from Life’s Other Side” – Nick Sizemore has a new album out called Where The Lonesome Roam produced by Brett Robinson, best known as the steel guitar player for Whitey Morgan and the 78’s. There’s some great original songs on the record, but when you hear Sizemore’s rendition of “Pictures from Life’s Other Side” by Hank Williams, you will swear he was born onto this earth to sing this song.
Kiely Connell – “Nobody’s Business but Mine” – Kiely Connell’s debut album Calumet Queen has a lot of folks buzzing from her incredible voice and her top-caliber songwriting. This feels like one of these artists we’re just being introduced to, but we’ll be enjoying for many years to come.
Molly Tuttle – “She’ll Change” – Molly Tuttle might the the greatest flatpicking female guitarist living, but you’d have to take my word for it if you listen to her solo albums that are more in the singer/songwriter vein. All of that changes with “She’ll Change,” which is the first taste of an upcoming bluegrass album she has cooking with a new bluegrass band that she’s looking to showcase in 2022. (read more)
Mike and the Moonpies – “Hour on the Hour” – The Moonpies slot on the playlist is freshened with this nostalgic track from their new album One To Grow On about getting your broken heart broken again by the right (or wrong) country song. “Hour on the Hour” has also just been graced with a new video.
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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:
- “We Shall Rise” – Brent Cobb – And Now, Let’s Turn to Page… (1-28-22)
- “Hour on the Hour” – Mike and the Moonpies – One To Grow On
- “She’ll Change” – Molly Tuttle – (single)
- “I Don’t Need You” – Mose Wilson – (Self-Titled)
- “I Know Some Cowboys” – Jenny Tolman – (single)
- “Strong” – Charles Wesley Godwin – How The Mighty Fall
- “Flood Plain” – Margo Cilker – Pohorylle
- “Dallas Lights” – Joshua Ray Walker – See You Next Time
- “Nobody’s Business but Mine” – Kiely Connell – Calumet Queen
- “I Don’t Trust My Memories Anymore” – Cody Jinks – Mercy
- “Marfa Lights” – Kaitlin Butts – (single)
- “The Devil Inside” – Garrett T. Capps – I Love San Antone
- “Hurtin’ For a Letdown” – The Whitmore Sisters – Ghost Stories (1-28-22)
- “You In A Honky Tonk” – Randall King – (single)
- “Best to Bonnie” – Zephaniah OHora – Highway Butterfly
- “Pictures from Life’s Other Side – Nick Sizemore – Where The Lonesome Roam
- “Yes I Guess They Oughta Name a Drink After You” – Tyler Childers – John Prine Tribute
- “Local Bar Opry Star” – Zachariah Malachi – (single)
- “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce w/ Ashley McBryde – 29: Written in Stone
- “Just So You Know” – Charley Crockett – Music City USA
- “Broken Horses” – Brandi Carlile – In These Silent Days
- “Holding My Place” – T. Buckley – Frame By Frame
- “Let ‘Em Burn” – Emily Scott Robinson – American Siren
- “Know It All” – Billy Strings – Renewal
- “Racing The Dark” – Alan Jackson – (single)
- “Find A New Home” – Will Banister – Cry Macho Soundtrack