Saving Country Music’s 2022 Song of the Year Nominees
Infinite apologies if you came here looking for your next favorite boot scooter, because that’s not what Song of the Year is all about. There will be a Single of the Year category coming up too. But what we’re looking for here is the most unabashedly slow and sentimental sad bastard songs possible—songs that make you feel miserable, but in the most transformational way to where you’re a changed person after listening, with greater insight into this life.
Though these songs must fit into the greater roots music catalog, genre isn’t as important as emotional impact, and elaborate writing. A Song of the Year nominees doesn’t have to be slow and sparse, but it certainly helps.
PLEASE NOTE: Just because a song isn’t listed here doesn’t mean it’s being snubbed or forgotten. Picking the best songs of a given year is always even more personal and subjective than with the best albums. We’re not looking to pit songs and songwriters against each other, we’re looking to combine our collective perspectives and opinions into a pool of musical knowledge for the benefit of everyone.
By all means, if you have a song or a list of songs you think are the best of 2022 and want to share, please do so in the comments section below. Feedback will factor into the final tabulations for the winner, but this is not an up and down vote. Try to convince us who you think should win, and why.
Saving Country Music’s 2022 Album of the Year Nominees
Wade Bowen with Vince Gill – “A Guitar, a Singer, and a Song”
Songwriters: Wade Bowen, Lori McKenna
Apropos to commencing a discussion about the impact of songs on all of our lives is this stunner of a well-written song, co-authored by Lori McKenna and featuring Vince Gill. Like McKenna and Gill, Wade Bowen is one of the good guys in country music who whenever he picks up his guitar, hopes to leave the world a little bit better of a place when he puts it back down. Putting that philosophy in a song that all of us lay citizens cannot only understand, but find as enriching as any story set to song takes an entirely other set of meta songwriting superpowers.
“The whole point of doing what we do is to not be forgotten, to try to leave a mark on the world with a guitar and with your songs and with your voice,” says Wade Bowen. “We don’t think about it until we get a couple decades into our career: ‘Have I done enough that people will remember me?’”
This song from Bowen’s album Somewhere Between The Secret and the Truth will be very hard to forget.
Tommy Prine – “Ships in the Harbor”
Songwriter: Tommy Prine
Anyone who’s studied country and roots music over the years knows how important pedigree can be, and doesn’t need to be sold on the importance of the songwriting legacy of John Prine. The music legend died in 2020 at the age of 73, but his memory lives on through his music and his label Oh Boy Records. It will also live on through his son, who with the release of his debut single, immediately started a promising songwriting career charting a legacy all his own.
You hear that processing of grief at the death of his father in Tommy Prine’s “Ships in the Harbor.” With a poetic grace that doesn’t need a famous name to be compelling, Tommy exquisitely encapsulates how all the happiness and grace in life—however enjoyable—is invariably fleeting. From the warmth of seeing a bluebird perched on a fence, to the unconditional love of a father, eventually it will go away due to the rhythms of life. As much as “Ships in the Harbor” is a lament on inevitability, it’s also a lesson to enjoy the sweet moments of life while we’re in the midst of them. (read review)
Anna Tivel – “Heroes”
Songwriter: Anna Tivel
When you’re looking for the most potent and gifted of today’s songwriters, Portland, Oregon’s Anna Tivel deserves inclusion in that camp right beside the James McMurtry’s and John Moreland’s of the music world. Though not as well-known or venerated as others—at least not yet—she’s proven in the past to be worthy of being enumerated among that elite class. And with her new album, Outsiders, Anna Tivel codifies that assessment, while offering cunning antidotes to the societal ailments plaguing the here and now.
“Heroes” takes a gripping and merciless assessment of the decay of influences and mentors, which is especially relevant in the realm of music. “Your heroes grow unruly. They overdose or just leave. Their lives are fucked up movies. And you’ve studied every one,” Anna Tivel sings, with the important observation of how the same mistakes get conferred from one generation to the next.
Her song “Black Umbrella” also from Outsiders deserves honorable mention.
Courtney Patton – “Casualty”
Songwriter: Courtney Patton
Those intimately familiar with the music of Courtney Patton will need no coaxing to be convinced of why a selection from her new album Electrostatic is being included in the topmost class of songs for 2022. Her extraordinary songwriting along with the organic and grassroots way she approaches her career has created a personal connection with her fans both in her home of Texas, and in listening rooms well far beyond.
If you want to know how to successfully accomplish an emotional crescendo in a song, study “Casualty” intently with the way the melody and writing resolves in a “moment,” the words fold unto each other to reveal their wisdom, and how the harmonies seem to be sung an octave too high at first to eventually reveal themselves as perfect. It all make for a song that stays resonating in your soul well after the last note.
Willi Carlisle – “Tulsa’s Last Magician”
Songwriter: Willi Carlisle
Those who’ve seen this whimsical and enthralling folk country storyteller from Arkansas in person will swear by the natural showmanship he exudes, the enchantment of the old traditional songs and tall tales he unearths, and the magnetism of the original songs he composes. Carlisle is like few things you will experience in music. His songs are strongly literary with rich characters, and his delivery is deeply compelling. And whether he gets you to laughing, crying, feeling unsettled, or infinitely satisfied, Carlisle always leaves a lasting impression.
The soul and authenticity inherent in Willi Carlisle’s music is emblematic in the song “Tulsa’s Last Magician” inspired after hanging out with a group of magicians in Florida, and exploring the idea of a decaying occupation. The recorded single is compelling enough. But seeing the imposing but gentle 6’4″ Willi Carlisle perform the song via Western AF really exemplifies the magic of Willi Carlisle.
Adeem The Artist – “Middle of a Heart”
Songwriter: Kyle Bingham (Adeem the Artist)
We’re all instilled with a set of values (or lack thereof) and a range of habits through our upbringing, which like a pebble cast into still water, reverberate outwardly through the unfolding of our lives. Though the ratio of nature vs. nurture is different for everyone, nurture is always there looking to express itself, or to be suppressed, including a reverence (or lack thereof) for life.
Perhaps the greatest virtue of “Middle of a Heart”—and one that unfortunately isn’t shared by all the songs on Adeem’s the Artist’s album White Trash Revelry—is that Adeem leaves the moral of the song up for interpretation. Adeem tells the story, sketches the lines, and lets the personal lineage and upbringing of the individual audience member color them in. Adeem draws a perfect circle—or bullseye if you will—and then takes their best shot at not stopping a heart, but changing one through the work of music.
John Fullbright – “Stars”
Songwriter: John Fullbright
In an industry full of egomaniacs, phonies, and viper Capitalists, it’s kind of refreshing to happen upon a reluctant and conflicted performer who seems almost embarrassed to proffer up music for your listening pleasure. Prone to social anxiety and seemingly outright repulsed at the idea of fame, John Fullbright nonetheless becomes ferocious force of nature when he sits down in front of a piano, evidenced in the composition and performance of “Stars.”
Gripped by the mortifying fear of our own mortality in the quietest and most lonely moments of our lives, we are also often afforded the most infinite wisdom and insight ever endowed to man. Religious, yet ambiguous enough to be universal, “Stars” is the ultimate reassurance upon man’s most diabolically vexing question.
Caroline Spence – “Scale These Walls”
Songwriter: Caroline Spence
Caroline Spence continues her run of critically excellent albums full of exquisitely-crafted and beautiful songs, validating how criminally under-the-radar she continues to be compared to the quality and resonance of her music, making as strong of a case as ever for herself in her latest distinctive effort called True North. A true Americana artist who resists the urge to get too freaky or too preachy to meet arbitrary trends of the day, Spence instead just focuses on writing and performing emotionally impactful songs, and letting the music speak for itself in a refreshingly unpretentious manner.
With the steel guitar mimicking the tugging of heart strings, “Scale These Walls” is Caroline Spence admitting to the building of emotional barriers, but only for them to be compromised by someone who cares enough to win her heart, resulting in a come hither message, but one as complex as actual human relationships.
Ian Noe – “Ballad of a Retired Man”
Songwriter: Ian Noe
The intensity of the writing and delivery of an Ian Noe song is virtually unparalleled. Part Dylan and Prine, part hillbilly from the dark holler, his new album River Fools and Mountain Saints underscores this virile brew of influences.
Perhaps the most powerful moment of the entire record is born off the simple, fingerpicked melody and background organ of “Ballad of a Retired Man,” where a Vietnam vet and former road worker resolves himself to his fate in a way that makes us all ponder our mortality and the passage of time in an inescapably unsettling, but still strangely gorgeous and inviting manner.
It should take a lifetime of living to compose a song like “Ballad of a Retired Man.” For Ian Noe, it only took 30 years, and his second record.
Tami Neilson with Willie Nelson – “Beyond The Stars”
Songwriters: Tami Neilson, Delaney Davidson
Giving you chills bumps from the eerie similarities to Patsy Cline—of whom Willie Nelson wrote the iconic song “Crazy” for—with just a hint of Marty Robbins as well with its Western wind-swept air and Countrypolitan approach, “Beyond The Stars” was inspired by the passing of Tami Neilson’s dad, who was also her musical mentor in the family band she grew up performing in. Neilson debuted the song with Willie at his annual Luck Reunion in Luck, TX in March, where the video for the song was also shot.
“Beyond The Stars” works to help remedy all loss, giving hope for a reunification someday in the future in the eternal dwelling of the cosmos. It’s a sweet message delivered via the soaring voice of Tami Neilson, and the timeless tones of Willie’s guitar Trigger.
- Kendell Marvell – “Hell Bent on Hard Times”
- American Aquarium – “The First Year” and “Waking Up the Echoes”
- Arlo McKinley – “Stealing Dark from the Night Sky”
- Ryan Culwell – “Colorado Blues”
- Lyle Lovett – “12th of June”
- Kaitlin Butts – “jackson”
- 49 Winchester – “Russell County Line”
- Sunny Sweeney – “Married Alone”
- Ashley McBryde, Benjy Davis – “Gospel Night at the Strip Club”
December 7, 2022 @ 9:59 am
I think Blood by Kaitlin Butts fits the bill
December 7, 2022 @ 10:06 am
I am going to have to go with Tommy Prine or Ian Noe on this one. I think Ian wins – “Ballad of a Retired Man” just takes you on a journey and hits deep.
Jerry Clower's Ghost
December 7, 2022 @ 10:07 am
It’s hard to choose from all these great songs, but I’d probably go with Ballad of a Retired Man. That song is like life in a few verses.
I have to say I thought “Son of a Bitch” by Vincent Neal Emerson would be on here somewhere, but this is a great selection.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:08 am
I can’t recall from previous years, but it seems odd that so many of the nominees for album of the year don’t have any songs on this list.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:24 am
I remarked on that on the Album of the Year post. This wasn’t on purpose. It’s just how things shook out this year, though I do like that different artists and their works are being highlighted. It drives me crazy when awards shows give out the same stuff to the same people almost like they’re nominating names as opposed to works.
December 7, 2022 @ 1:08 pm
For me, these lists are about discovery, if the work itself is exceptional as a whole there is not as big of a need to call out specific tracks. I would love to see a list of standout album cuts from albums that received less of a praise- especially album cuts.
This list is great- 12th of June would be my vote (glad to see it in the shout-outs), but with what is nominated Tami & Willie take it home for me
December 7, 2022 @ 10:13 am
Stars by John Fullbright. It’s the only song that pulls any emotion from the heart. The rest are too similar, or reworks of the same song done over and over again.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:15 am
SCM relevant, in order. It’s really hard to nail one down for 2022.
1. Tony Logue – Calloway County
2. Arlo McKinley – City Lights
3. Ian Noe – Tom Barrett
4. Kaitlin Butts – Bored if I Don’t
5. 49 Winchester – Russell County Line
6. Ryan Culwell – All I’ve got
7. Molly Tuttle – Crooked Tree
From the list, I’d go with “Ballad of a Retired Man”. First time I listened to it, I was in the car with my wife, and you could have heard a pin drop after it ended – same with AA’s “The First Year”.
Song is actually written about his grandfather who passed last year. I have no idea how he plays that one live.
December 7, 2022 @ 12:56 pm
Yep I agree Calloway County is song of the year for me
December 7, 2022 @ 1:43 pm
December 7, 2022 @ 1:43 pm
That first verse, man. Whew!
Wish I could write one like that.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:59 pm
How am I just now hearing about Tony Logue? Calloway County is great, but Blood River Baptist Church might be better.
December 8, 2022 @ 1:03 pm
“The First Year” was written about BJ’s mom. He did it in the encore when we saw them. I’ve seen AA multiple times and him doing that song was one of the best moments I’ve seen. That song hits 1000x harder live
December 8, 2022 @ 5:27 pm
That’s brutal. Not surprising that it was based on his own experience, but it’s almost hard to tell with how much death is on that album. I thought it was one of the better AA albums, but damn if it isn’t hard to listen to.
December 8, 2022 @ 1:10 pm
Could you put this together on a Spotify or Amazon music Playlist for us to download or link to?
December 8, 2022 @ 1:30 pm
Not sure if you’re querying Hank Charles or myself, but there will be a playlist assembled for all the top songs when the SINGLE of the Year nominees are also announced, which is coming soon.
December 8, 2022 @ 1:48 pm
Not affiliated with Hank Charles (if that’s what your asking) Awesome, thank you for the work you do.
December 8, 2022 @ 5:35 pm
It would be redundant anyway. I source >90% of my Country/Americana finds from you and your release radar.
Echoing the thanks and appreciation for all of your content, sir!
December 8, 2022 @ 3:34 pm
Happy to see Tom Barrett mentioned! Easily the song of the year for me. Shoutout to The Wilder Blue’s Ghost of Lincoln as well
December 7, 2022 @ 10:21 am
I watched BJ Barham perform “Unfortunate Kind” at Cain’s Ballroom the night after his mother passed away, this unflappable performer uncharacteristically with his voice cracking and struggling to get through it. We all ached along with him. A long, well deserved ovation followed.
Less than a year later I watched BJ debut “The First Year” in the same room. And once again, we all ached with him.
That’s the one for me.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:52 am
I saw American Aquarium at Proud Larry’s last night.
BJ talked about the history behind The First Year before performing it (first song of a 2-song encore).
It was so powerful when I listened to the album, heard it live for the first time at the Ryman, and witnessing it again in Oxford.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:59 am
i was at Proud Larry’s too!
my mom died a year and a half ago, and seeing him perform it live was a gut-punch (but a therapeutic one)… i made a point to thank him after the show for singing it and got to talk with him for a little bit about getting through it
Him talking about the history of it as well was helpful. I felt a lot of the same things over the past year, particularly the birthday calls
i’m not sure where you were but there were a few tear-slicked eyes around me.
December 7, 2022 @ 10:35 am
Holy shit this is a stacked group. All of these songs dropped my jaw when i heard them for the first time. My top 5:
1. Middle of a heart, adeem – you’re right trig what makes this song so sick is how the message is open for interpretation. Not to mention the lyricism absolutely transports you to the time and place adeem describes
2. Black umbrella, anna – maybe the best descriptively written song I’ve ever heard
3. Russell county line, 49 – this song rips and makes me feel things
4. Heroes, anna – damn
5. The first year, AA – so depressing I can’t even listen to it casually
6. Ballad of a retired man, ian – what a storyteller
Also have you guys heard jeremy pinnell’s last full album goodbye LA? That shit rips dude super hard
December 7, 2022 @ 11:07 am
Weak year for sad songs. We are all trying to be positive post-shit-year(s).
This list – which is shit – Ian Noe.
Real winner: Arlo.
December 13, 2022 @ 2:10 pm
I also nominate Jeremy Pinnell – as he should dominate all categories.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:20 am
Sunny Sweeney – Married Alone
You hit it right on some of the others: Caroline, Courtney, John Fullbright, Ian. Will have to revisit some of the others.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:51 am
Also here to stump for Married Alone. Super memorable melody, and I can’t think of another song that touches on that specific strange state of a relationship. Honestly, there’s at least 3 songs on that album worthy of consideration.
December 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
I have added “Married Alone” to the honorable mentions, because I did consider it for inclusion here. Great song, but my one hang up was that Sunny Sweeney didn’t write it, and it was the only song from her new album that she didn’t write, so it just felt a little weird. A Song of the Year nominee doesn’t have to be written by the performer, but I do think it helps. “Married Alone” was written by Hannah Blaylock, Josh Morningstar, and Autumn McEntire. Again, great song, but in a crowded field, it was tough to make the cut.
Also for context, Sunny Sweeney is a former Saving Country Music Song of the Year winner in 2017 for “Bottle By My Bed.” So I certainly know to not overlook her songs.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:20 am
+1 for Tulsa’s Last Magician. Great songs this year, but it’s going to be hard for me to vote against that one. Carlisle is such an exceptional songwriter.
Interesting not to see Something in the Orange on there. I know there are some mixed opinions on Zach Bryan here, but I had to pick the most influential song in all of country music this year, that would be it without question.
Curious to see your review of Ad
December 7, 2022 @ 11:22 am
*Adeem the Artist’s record. Hit send too early 😀
December 7, 2022 @ 1:12 pm
For me “Song of the Year” is all about the songwriting itself. “Influential” isn’t really the important factor (though it can be a signal of a song’s strength).
December 7, 2022 @ 11:31 am
It’s tommy prine for me. Can’t wait to hear more from him
December 7, 2022 @ 11:38 am
Tulsa’s Last Musician is my pick from the list although I think it gets edged out by Russell County Line. It has been a really good year for music. Really appreciate this site keeping me abreast of up and coming bands, love catching them in the smaller venues before they catch on.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:49 am
Wow! “Beyond The Stars” is fantastic.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:51 am
My vote goes to Ships in the Water!. I love these end of the year lists and adding the Single of the Year was an excellent choice!
December 7, 2022 @ 12:26 pm
Wade Bowen/Vince Gill for me. I’ve never been the biggest fan of VG’ music but the harmonies on this are chef’s kiss.
Honourable mentions for
– John Fulbright, great song
– Tami Neilson – I love some Marty Robbins throwback
December 7, 2022 @ 2:00 pm
I’d have to go Ian noe. I’d also throw I. 13 Corners from Hellbound Glory in the mix.
December 7, 2022 @ 2:05 pm
The winner is in the honorable mentions
Russell County Line-49 Winchester or Stealing Dark from the Night Sky-Arlo McKinley
My 3rd place would be Heavy Eyes-Zach Bryan
December 7, 2022 @ 2:08 pm
Also want to add, Scott Ballew-Border Kid is another one towards the top for me. Can’t believe he hasn’t really been covered here.
December 8, 2022 @ 11:50 am
I agree, Scott Ballew’s album is terrific.
December 8, 2022 @ 3:20 pm
Yes! I loved that song this year
December 7, 2022 @ 2:40 pm
Ian Noe’s Ballad of a Retired Man
December 7, 2022 @ 2:48 pm
I’d offer Rushintherug from Arlo. Just one of the best songs I’ve heard in years
December 7, 2022 @ 3:14 pm
Wow, some really great songs there. Thanks for the list.
Really left field and probably far too English to qualify, how about this one?
Concrete Prairie, Winter Town
The song and the album it’s from have an Americana flavour. For this list however, it is the powerful songwriting. If you suffer from SAD you know exactly what it’s like for the joy to leave your heart in September and for the end of November to feel too far away from the start of the season.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:16 pm
Solid list, many great entries.
I would also like to spread the word on the band Ragland, for those who haven’t heard of them. They released an album this year and their song “What Happened Mama” off it is killer. It would definitely be on my personal list of songs of the year.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:35 pm
That is a great list! Love that Prine song! Didn’t even know he had a song.
My fav didn’t make it though. Cahalen Morrison – Wealth of Sorrow
Lyrics are all metaphors about a woman he loves that treats him like crap and she keeps coming up with all the reasons they shouldn’t be together, but he answers all of her objections and keeps telling her how steadfast he is in his love for her. It’s poetic with great acoustic guitar and singing.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:39 pm
Middle of a Heart for me but there’s a lot of good songs on both lists.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:42 pm
I really like the Wade & Vince song and props go out to Vince Gill for singing with so many of my favorite people. He’s the goods in my book. I was fortunate enough to see Tommy Prine sing Ships In The Harbor in a small intimate setting of about 60 people. Gave me goosebumps. Those are my 2 picks out of the nominees.
As far as the honorable mentions……..not sure how anyone can’t be moved by BJ singing The First Time. It’s just one of those songs. Sunny’s Married Alone…….she may not have wrote it but you can tell like so many of us she’s lived it. It’s real and sincere. It isn’t Bottle By My Bed and that’s ok.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:46 pm
“Beyond the Stars”
Trig, when you publish SCM Artist of the Year, how about including a list of past winners (maybe hyperlink them to the article too).
December 7, 2022 @ 5:10 pm
I have a landing page for all of the previous winners for every category that I need to update and put in a prominent place. I’ll try to get that done before the end of the year.
December 7, 2022 @ 3:59 pm
Tulsas last magician in a landslide
December 7, 2022 @ 4:02 pm
That’s some truly great songs up there. Love how you get so into detail about every single song. For me, It’s a tie between Willi Carlisle and Adeem the Artist. Strange that I didn’t put Willi in my top 10 but the now feeling could be a factor or maybe I’m just incoherent. When I listen to Adeem the Artist’s album it’s just do damn good. Sure it’s nice that you leave out your opinion in a song but hell, once in a while someone comes along who’s so talented and true that you don’t mind getting their reflections stuffed down your throat. The reason is that they is so much better than yours. Felt I had to share my personal top 10 as well, got so inspired by this post. Hope you don’t mind.
1. Vincent Neil Emerson – Son of a Bitch
2. Tony Logue – Calloway County
3. Mariel Buckley – Hate This Town
4. Adeem the Artist – Middle of a Heart + the rest of the album
5. Brennen Leigh – Obsessed With The West
6. Zach Bryan – Something in the Orange
7. Richard Inman – Cut Fence (Let God Sort Em Out)
8. Lost Dog Street Band – Jalisco Bloom
9. Drew Cooper – Vaya Con Dios
10. And Then Some – Midland (it just sound so lovely)
December 7, 2022 @ 4:07 pm
It’s Ian Noe for me. Speaking of him – is that dude okay? Just saw he cancelled the rest of his tour, again.
December 7, 2022 @ 7:12 pm
I check his site weekly to see if there are any tour dates because I can’t wait to see him again. My wife showed me his post tonight and I am glad that if there is a problem, he recognizes it and seems to have people supporting him too. I really hope he is ok.
December 7, 2022 @ 6:44 pm
Tulsa’s Last Magician is a damn good song, but I’m not sure there’s ever been as good a songwriter as Lori McKenna. I’d be happy to see either one of them take home the prize this year.
December 7, 2022 @ 6:52 pm
Give me a break with Tommy Prine. There is nothing authentic or gut wrenching about his music. I love his father but that’s no reason to put him on this list.
Frozen Alaskan Beard
December 7, 2022 @ 7:06 pm
I would like to nominate “Weatherman” by Matt Daniel. I know it is not going to win any SCM awards, but for me, it is the song of the year. If you have not listened to it yet, be sure to check it out.
Well don’t go telling me the sky is blue
When he starts running ’round on you
‘Cause about the time that the clouds roll in
You pour your heart on me again
I called the storm before it began
Girl, I ain’t your weatherman
December 12, 2022 @ 11:39 am
the whole album is incredible.
Outlaw on Skis
December 7, 2022 @ 7:54 pm
I can’t disagree with any of Trig’s nominations if song of the year means lyrics or storytelling of the year. For me, though, song of the year is the full package of lyrics, delivery, feeling, emotional reactions invoked, and just being a great fucking song. My pick is Ian Noe’s Burn Down The Prairie. It’s just so damn good! My #2 would probably go to Something In The Orange by Zach Bryan.
December 7, 2022 @ 8:07 pm
It’s got to be “middle of the heart”. Amazing song, amazing album.
December 7, 2022 @ 11:27 pm
This is one hell of a list of music. Thanks. It’s Ian Noe for me. With Carlisle and Arlo as close seconds.
December 8, 2022 @ 12:58 am
Willi Carlisle had a show here in the upper Upper Midwest a couple months ago and killed it. bring your fun friends if you’re going to see him perform
good list. that John Fulbright is money
December 8, 2022 @ 6:57 am
I judge a song’s quality by how many hundreds of times I listen to it and it still gut punches me. I know that Benjamin Tod wrote “Wyoming” years ago and released it with LDSB, but this year’s version is the #1 song of 2022 by a Wyoming mile.
December 8, 2022 @ 11:03 am
I’ve been listen to these song at today. I find it difficult to choose. They are all good but I ended up with: Anna Tive “Heroes”, Adeem The Artist “Middle of a Heart” ,Tommy Prine “Ships in the Harbor”. And from these three I choose Tommy Prine it’s really a immensely beautiful song
And I also like the video. It’s so in tune with the song and it also show that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make a good video
December 8, 2022 @ 12:28 pm
Choosing from this list kind of reminds me when Playboy used to choose a playmate of the year. They all seemed pretty great to me… I do know if I had to choose one from an album that I just don’t see myself listening to it would definitely be Tulsa’s last magician. I appreciate his songwriting but the musical style just isnt for me. But that song? Just fantastic. Seems like something Townes van Zandt could have written.
December 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm
“Middle of a Heart” is a slam dunk winner for me. Fantastic song and I hope to also see “Going To Hell” on the fun song list.
Ian Noe is also in my top 10 as are 4 of your honorable mentions.
December 8, 2022 @ 3:32 pm
Yall can debate Trigs picks. Nothing wrong about that. I suppose Beyond The Stars is the standout for me. Haunting, epic melody and killer vocals and instrumental performances.
My song of the year is one I just discovered. It’s by Dierks Bentley and it’s called High Note. Written by Charlie Worsham, it features flat picking duels between Bryan Sutton, Billy Strings, Sam Bush and Worsham. It’s flat out fantastic. Maybe Trig can think about including it in his single of the year. As Jim Bones ( our resident Pinnell stan) would say, it rips hard.
December 8, 2022 @ 3:39 pm
My favorite songs AND singles, and even some single songs 🙂
01. Angel Olsen – “Big Time”
02. Arlo McKinley – “Stealing Dark from the Night Sky”
03. Courtney Marie Andrews – “Satellite”
04. John Fullbright – “Unlocked Doors”
05. Ryan Culwell – “Don’t Let Go”
06. Bonny Light Horseman – “California”
07. Courtney Marie Andrews – “Me & Jerry”
08. Benjamin Tod – “Wyoming”
09. Ian Noe – “River Fool”
10. Joseph Huber – “Thankful”
11. Angel Olsen – “This Is How It Works”
12. 49 Winchester – “Russell County Line”
13. Caroline Spence – “Clean Getaway”
14. Miranda Lambert – “Carousel”
15. Laura Benitez and the Heartache – “I’m With the Band”
16. The Local Honeys – “Dead Horses”
17. Kieran Kane & Rayna Gellert – “The Only Thing Worth Savin’”
18. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – “It Doesn’t Change Anything”
19. Plains – “Problem With It”
20. Ryan Culwell – “Colorado Blues”
December 8, 2022 @ 4:05 pm
Toadstool by Local Honeys or Good Enough by Nikki Lane.
December 8, 2022 @ 4:41 pm
Ain’t a day goes by – Melissa Carper
This should be a soul standard, through and through. Perfect.
Colorado blues – Ryan Culwell
The liar – John Fullbright
Russell county line – 49 Winchester
I just want to feel alright – David Quinn
Do you feel love – Courtney Patton
December 9, 2022 @ 6:03 am
Flower- Morgan Wade
December 9, 2022 @ 8:52 am
I think “Out of Control” by Addison Johnson came out in early 2022. Such a great fucking song. Good list here though.
December 9, 2022 @ 8:59 am
“Baylor County” by Matt Daniel as well. Killer.
December 9, 2022 @ 1:33 pm
“pocket of god” by Cory Branan is the song of the year for me
December 10, 2022 @ 5:18 am
Ballad of a Retired Man. I’ve listened to that song on repeata few ×hole dri ing to work a few different times.
December 10, 2022 @ 9:41 pm
Does tami Nielsen look like a younger version of wynonna Judd?
December 11, 2022 @ 6:45 am
Great songs on here, including a couple I’ve never heard. My personal favorites on here are by far Tulsa’s Last Magician from Willie Carlisle and Ian Noe’s Retired Man… They both bring you into their world and take you on a journey lyrically. Tula’s Last Magician especially hits a deep feeling of nostalgia.
Jerry Clower's Ghost
December 11, 2022 @ 8:24 pm
The “Years” cover by Sierra Ferrell is burning in my mind, but it may be a better nominee for SingleOTY. I love country music. I also love Sierra Ferrell. I really, really, really love Sierra Ferrell.
December 12, 2022 @ 8:39 pm
Kimmi Bitter is the best. Love her, love her music.
Jerry Clower's Ghost
December 13, 2022 @ 12:13 am
Wrong page. Here’s the one Kimmi told you to go to:
December 13, 2022 @ 1:04 am
It should be “Ships in the Harbor”. It`s gripping, haunting and stays in your mind. “A Guitar, A Singer and A Song” and “Tulsa`sLast Magician” are the main competitors in my view. All the other songs left me somewhat underwhelmed.
December 13, 2022 @ 8:55 am
I’m late to the party, but how The Local Honeys didn’t get a nod with either “Throw Me in the Thicket When I Die” or “Dead Horses” is beyond me. Great list though!