Monday, April 13, 2015

Music Monday

Um, hi. I love Thomas Rhett's new single "Crash and Burn." That is all.

Okay, maybe I've got something else too. But seriously. I think I had it on repeat like all day. A single song. Yeah... Other than that, last week I created a short playlist of some new singles that I hadn't downloaded yet. And finally bought Jason Aldean's latest album. Yes, I know.... I'm a little bit behind there. Welcome to my world. Here was my playlist and thoughts:

1. Thomas Rhett "Crash and Burn"
2. Ashley Monroe "On to Something Good"
3. Katie Armiger "The Heart Wants What It Wants" (Cover)
4. Thomas Rhett "When I Was Your Man" (Cover)
5. Granger Smith "Backroad Song"
6. Drake White "It Feels Good"

First off, it was in the order that I downloaded it from iTunes, so really there was no order to it at all. I already expressed my love for TR and "Crash and Burn," and I had already seen the video for "When I Was Your Man" but I just thought I'd complete the collection. TR's got one of my favorite voices. "Backroad Song" is just one of those feel good, simple life country songs, and I'm a total sucker for them, so of course I loved this one. And Drake White's "It Feels Good"? Um, yes, please! I love this song. It's so different and just makes you want to dance. And who doesn't like that? Buy this one, you'll love it.


Jason Aldean "Old Boots, New Dirt" (Country Released Sept 02, 2014) - I'm going to sigh on this one too. *SIGH* hahahaha. Okay, how do I even explain this one. I don't remember if I've said this or not, but the "big names" in country music lack luster for me. There. I said it. Yeah, there's some exceptions, but in general, FOR ME, that's been true. It's a good album. I know that. It just doesn't do anything for me. Yeah....not much else I can say. You win some, you lose some. To each their own.

Looking forward to:
Can I add Thomas Rhett's album to this list? If we have a single, that generally means there's an album following pretty quickly. So yes, TR'S ALBUM!
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham!!

What have you guys been listening to?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Music Tuesday?

It's Monday! Just kidding...it's Tuesday. I was riding the high of Easter weekend yesterday and still am today. I truly hope you guys had just as incredible of a weekend as I did! After the previous week's listening to the Punch Brothers all week (and I still am listening to it), I went a little crazy this week. I was really looking for something specific and never actually found it, which definitely played into how much new music I went through. Welcome to the insanity...


Canaan Smith EP (Country New Release March 23, 2015) - I liked it. Though, I think the problem with it is that it wasn't memorable to me. As in, I can't tell you about the songs on the album unless I listen to them again. ("Love You Like That" being the exception since I've had that for a while and love that song.) Does anyone else have that problem? You know it's good music, but for some reason it's not memorable to you? I don't know, maybe I'm weird. (Definitely. haha.) "Stuck" is my favorite after "Love You Like That". Really really good one. I'm listening to it now as I type this. =) REALLY good!


Striking Matches "Nothing but the Silence" (Country New Release March 23, 2015) - Sigh. This one's a hard one for me. Maybe I didn't give it a fair enough shot. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it. All I know is that it was just okay for me. Minus the first song, "Trouble is as Trouble Does". I liked that one! Other than that....I don't know. I'll have to circle back around to it again at a better time I guess.


ChloƩ Caroline "One Left Standing - EP" (Country New Release March 31, 2015) - I found this in one of the sections in iTunes, maybe the recent releases? I had never heard of ChloƩ Caroline before, but had a good feeling and was looking for a female vocal. I've listened to Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie & Tae's EPs over and over and have run them into the ground. (Can't wait for their full length albums!) So I was excited about this EP and I did really like it. Actually I was really surprised with how much I did like it. I know this one will be played again and again on repeat. Definitely check it out!


Eli Young Band "Turn It On - EP" (Country New Release March 10, 2015) - Another EP. I totally have a thing for EPs. I think it's partially because the artist is forced to narrow their work into not just the best, but the best of the best since it's only a few songs or it's because the songs are just strong enough or unique enough to stand on their own. I don't know. Either way, I love EPs. And I like this one too. I actually don't own anything else by Eli Young Band, but I do know a couple of their songs. For some reason I assumed their music would just be okay - the type where you know it's good, but it just doesn't do anything for you. But I really liked this. Definitely different than I thought. Honestly, I love all the songs. A lot.


Kari Jobe "Forever" from "Majestic (Live)" (Christian Released March 25, 2014) - I know, I know. How do I listen to this much music? I don't know. But I do. I love it. haha. This one I just bought one song from her album. I'll buy the whole album someday. But this was purchased on Sunday night. I had the privilege of listening to Natalie Grant sing this song live 3 times on Easter. And it was as amazing as you might think. Just floored. To not only hear the powerful words on Easter, but to hear the powerful vocals delivered amazingly and then to watch as individual people stood up on their own, hands in the air, praising the Lord. I will never forget it. This song is amazing. And if you haven't seen her performance, watch it on youtube. The song is recorded live, but there's nothing quite like seeing it being performed too. Just amazing.

Looking forward to:
Thomas Rhett's single "Crash and Burn" and album eventually. PS. His single is out now and it's pretty darn great. I had a hard time not including it in the above list this week since I've had it on repeat all day. You can look forward to me raving about it next week. =)
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham's next album. Yep. Still waiting on a date for this one.

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Music Monday

This week is going to be a quick Music Monday. My mom came into town and music took a side seat. And I was listening to the same thing over and over. Quick week...


Punch Brothers "The Phosphorescent Blues" (Bluegrass? New(ish) Release Jan 23, 2015) - Okay. So I like it. I knew I would. But at the same time, I'm not really sure I understand it. Which is completely fine. It's been on repeat all week long. I think one of the reasons I like it is because (I'm going to generalize here) most stuff that's remotely close to this tends to, not necessarily be slower, but takes my mood and brings it into a calm place. This, though there are definite slower parts, tends to bring my mood up. It's like they push energy into their music. I love when artists do that. I don't know if that's a personal experience, as in, it's only me that feels that, or if that's a general thing where lots of people feel that with their music. Has anyone experienced this with their music or any other artists? I would love to know if you've ever experienced that! Anyways, back to this album. I love different, so this fits me really well. I immediately took to "Boll Weevil" as it's more traditional bluegrass, and "Magnet". That one is one of those songs that gives you highs and lows via the lyrics, volume, beats, ect..just throughout the whole song. I love when songs bring different instrumental lines in and out throughout the songs to create, what I like to think of it as, a song you can't not move/dance along to. I'm sure there's a technical term for that, but I don't know it. =) Anyways, if you like "different" music, definitely add this to your list to listen to. It's pretty great.

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham's next album. Mhmm. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Music Monday

Music Monday...apparently these are the only posts I'm good at right now. That's okay. I'll get around to something else eventually. Until then...let's talk about my love for playing songs over and over and over and over and over....and over again. And my love for Taylor...


Taylor Swift "1989" Deluxe Edition Songs - I still can't believe how I somehow missed when these 3 songs became available on iTunes. Ugh. Shameful. (lol jk) They were on an exclusive Target album when 1989 first came out, so I was super excited about these because I'm a huge fan of Taylor. Pop or Country. Doesn't matter. I'm there. I play 1989 all. the. time. And when these went into rotation, they didn't stop. Literally. I listened to the same 3 songs over and over again like...well....almost all week. And I know they'll continue to be listened to forever and ever. Amen. (oh boy....)


Kacey Musgraves "Biscuits" Single (Country New Release March 17, 2015) - BISCUITS! Biscuits came out this past week. It's true to Kacey's writing, sound, ect and is great. I love how her lyrics are so different than what's out in country music right now. I'm waiting for the full album. =)

And...that's kind of it. Remember how I said "over and over again"? Yep, definitely happened. I will say that I finally did download Punch Brother's "The Phosphorescent Blues" yesterday. I'm listening to it now, but I don't have a good grasp on it yet. It's just soooo different, so that'll have to wait until next week. The only thing I have to say is that the album cover is still creeping me out....anyone? anyone?....

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2
Charlie Worsham's next album. Mhmm. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Music Monday

I think a person's taste in music is very personal and can reveal a lot about them. For example, I was in love with everything Aaron Carter growing up. What does that say about me? Hmm...don't answer that. Aaron Carter, Dream Street, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears... oh the memories...I could on and on. =) ....That being said...let's reveal some more stuff! And maybe my serious problem with how much music I download. (Nothing replaces music in life right? Right? Anyone with me?) Lol. Geez, maybe I should just rename this post to "confessions." Here's what I've been listening to:


Urban Rescue "Wildfire - EP" (Christian Release Sept 2, 2014) and Urban Rescue "Re-Imagined" (Christian New Release March 10, 2015) - Yep. Confession time (again): Both of them. I saw Re-Imagined was coming out on Tuesday, but I couldn't wait, so I bought the EP Monday and the album Tuesday. haha. Yeah... I have no defense. It happened. They're good. I don't see myself coming back to them though. I wanted more highs and lows from both.


Brothers Osborne "Stay a Little Longer - Single" Extended Edition (Country New Release March 10, 2015) - I almost died when I saw this pop up in iTunes because the original is one of my favorite songs. And that's saying something coming from the girl who doesn't really have "all time" favorites, just favorites of the moment. If you haven't heard the original, listen to that first and fall in love. It's off of their EP from last year. Then listen to this one and fall in love again. Seriously, I can't say enough about both of them. It's a song that makes an acoustic girl fall in love with the electric guitar. Again...saying something! lol. Truthfully, since I love the original so much I was a little worried this one wouldn't live up to the original, but it truly is a complement. There's parts in both that I love more than the other. In fact, I'd be all up for another version. Can you tell I love it?


Miranda Lambert "Platinum" (Country Released June 3, 2014) - Sigh. Here's another confession: I've had this downloaded since it came out...almost a year ago. And I've listened to it....twice. (Ugh. I'm throwing my hands over my face saying "I know, I know.") I've stood by hearing everyone say how great this album was; I've watched it be nominated and win tons of awards; And yet, I somehow managed to not really listen to it until this past week. See, I have this problem where if I don't listen to music right when I buy it, it tends to just fall into a bucket of "I'll get to it eventually." Here's my eventually. A year later. And hi, I love this album. Imagine that, right? If you're a fan of country music and have been living in a hole like I have, please listen to this album. My favorites are "Little Red Wagon", "Automatic" (which I had listened to many times.. at least that gives me some credit....), "Bathroom Sink", and "Holding On to You" (absolute fav by far).


Sam Hunt "Montevallo" (Country Released Oct 27, 2014) - I have listened to this one! Oh my gosh, calm down! I don't live in that big of a hole! Lol. This is one of my favorite albums, period. Love love love. And I return to it often. This week has been one of those weeks. Sometimes I'll mention it, sometimes I won't, but I wanted to mention it this week because the video for "Take Your Time" came out. And it kind of blew me away. Unexpected doesn't even begin to cover it. You HAVE to watch it. Sam always seems to surprise me. This would have been a perfect song to grab all the girls' attention and be that sweet, romantic, strong guy that every girl wants. But he didn't go there. It's kind of a breath of fresh air in the country music scene right now. Watch the video. Listen to the album.

(still) Looking forward to:
Kacey Musgraves new single "Biscuits" out TOMORROW March 17
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10 (loved her EP!)
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2 (loved their EP too!)
Charlie Worsham's next album. Yep, still on the list. =)

What have you guys been listening to?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Music Monday

Holy cow! Is it Monday already?!? I guess it is.... I was (and am still) distracted by this amazing weather! No not, Thursday where we ended up with almost 3 inches of snow. (Ick, Nashville! What is up with that? I moved south to get away from all that...) I think it might finally be spring! YESS!!! Happy girl! =) Anyways, this week brought a few new things and a couple old ones. Here's what I was listening to last week:


Rachel Potter "Not so Black and White" (Country New Release March 03, 2015) - I have to admit. I had never actual heard of Rachel before this past week, but when I heard the first track, I was sold. It's really quite an interesting album. She has performed on Broadway and her theatrical side really comes through on this country album. It's still pretty new of an album for me, but I've gone back to it throughout the week, which is a great sign for me. There's something about her unique style that intrigues me. And wow, the girl can sing! Just listen to the first track "Zero to Sixty". Wow. My favorites are definitely "Zero to Sixty", "Sit Here Next to Me", and "Gonna Get Burned". If the idea of a country album with a show-tunes type vibe intrigues you, definitely check this one out.


Daisy Mallory "This Side of Town EP" (Country Released July 11, 2014) - Daisy sings at Cross Point once in a while and I wanted to check out some of her music. I haven't given this one much love yet, but I think my favorite is going to be "I Remember Everything."


Hillsong Young and Free "This Is Living - EP" (Christian Worship New Release Jan 13, 2015) - I'm still listening to this from last week. I love it. I can't say that enough. If you like worship music, please buy this.


Dierks Bentley "Up On A Ridge" (Bluegrass Released June 04, 2010) - Dierks can do no wrong in my book. I'm not much for the big names, but Dierks and Keith Urban are just fantastic. Don't get me wrong, all the big names are great...it's just that...like I said before, I have a thing for the smaller names, "undiscovered", non-radio, whatever you want to call it, talent. The big names just tend to get overplayed in my book. Okay, I'll quite. =) But I do love Dierks, I love bluegrass, and I love this album. And PS. It's got the Punch Brothers on it..see later point.


Raelynn "For a Boy - Single" (Country New Release March 09, 2015) - It's probably cheating to put this on here since it was just release today, but I'm gonna do it anyways! Because it's awesome! And I had on repeat for a couple hours. Because that how's I roll. =) If you like any of her other stuff, this one won't disappoint you!

(still) Looking forward to:
Kelsea Ballerini's debut album out May 10 (loved her EP!)
Maddie & Tae's debut album out June 2 (loved their EP too!)
Canaan Smith debut album out March 24 (loved his first single "Love You Like That")
Kacey Musgraves new single "Biscuits" out March 17 (and I'm patiently waiting for her next album too!)
Punch Brothers album "The Phosphorescent Blues". It was out in January, but it's one of those albums that's unique and you know you need to be in the right mood for, and I just haven't been yet. Plus, the cover creeps me out... Anyone else agree?
AND Charlie Worsham's next album. He's my favorite. He'll be on this list until his next album comes out (and he still is on this list). His first album never gets old. Enough said...

What have you guys been listening to?

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