- 2005, Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean’s self-titled debut album
- 2003, Lonestar tops the Billboard country singles chart with “My Front Porch Looking In”
- 1986, Randy Travis scores his first #1 single in Billboard with “On The Other Hand”
- 1968, Jeannie C. Riley records “Harper Valley P.T.A.”
- 2013, Pistol Annies’ single “Hell On Heels” goes platinum
- 2006, RCA releases Jake Owen’s debut album, “Startin’ With Me”
- 1992, The Garth Brooks single “The River” peaks at #1 in Billboard
- 1970, Drummer Rich Redmond is born in Norwich, Connecticut. After a stint with the band Rushlow, he becomes a member of Jason Aldean’s band, playing on “Big Green Tractor,” “She’s Country” and “Dirt Road Anthem”
On Dec. 13, after more than 110 shows on the Vegas Strip, she’ll close the door on her wildly popular Shania: Still the One show.
Did you get a chance to travel to Sin City to see it? I didn’t, and now I’m completely distraught. This wasn’t just any Shania Twain show. It was a spectacle, boasting a massive band, dancers, a flying motorcycle, multi-scent (yes, scent) show projectors and, yes, trained horses. All onstage.
And the residency at the Colosseum was more than just a chance for Twain to entertain her fans on a massive scale. Her tenure in Vegas was a chance for her to give back in a massive way, too, with her Shania Kids Can venture, an after-school program she began in the city at a public school in need. The program helped launch a clubhouse where kids can enjoy a host of activities geared toward their betterment and well-being.
So it’s safe to say, Shania will be equally as sad to leave her Vegas home when the curtain closes in December. In a statement said, “I can’t thank Las Vegas enough. … My time here has given me more than anyone can ever know.”
Well, you could always stay or maybe take the show — parts of it, anyway — on the road.
I mean, isn’t Garth Brooks doing a world tour with his full band after wrapping up his one-man show at the Wynn in Vegas?
It’s summer, so we’re right in the middle of road trip season. Whether you’re hitting the road for a family vacation or taking off to Vegas with a few of your best friends, there’s no better way to see the country than from the window of your own car.
Traveling can be a little tough, though, with cramped quarters and missed turns, so it’s important to have the right music playing to keep the backseat drivers at bay.
Here’s a list of 12 great road trip songs to help those long stretches of empty highway go by a little more quickly.
“Life Is a Highway,” Rascal Flatts
As its name suggests, Rascal Flatts’ take on the Tom Cochrane classic is best enjoyed on the open highway. Be warned, though. It’s easy to speed with this one playing.
“My House,” Kacey Musgraves
A track for those who don’t like to leave their houses at home, “My House” is the ultimate ode to mobile living and roadside camping, perfect for those who prefer KOA campgrounds to the W Hotel.
“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson
It wouldn’t be a road trip without this classic. Just be sure the K-9 unit doesn’t spot you when this one’s crankin’.
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
The ultimate windows down singalong, turn “Cruise” up when your eyes are starting to get a bit heavy. It’ll wake you right up.
“More Than Miles,” Brantley Gilbert
Leaving isn’t always easy, and “More Than Miles” is the perfect track for those who still have some baggage at home.
“Fastest Girl in Town,” Miranda Lambert
Now, we don’t advocate running from the cops, but if you ever find yourself with blue lights in the rearview, there’s no better soundtrack than this law-breaking barn-burner from Miranda Lambert.
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
Occasionally, you have to forego pavement for tarmac, and for those nervous fliers, especially, a drink or four makes the trip a whole lot smoother.
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Sometimes getting away is more important than going somewhere. This one from a trio of country superstars is the perfect soundtrack for those solo trips to clear your head. Just don’t text and drive.
“I’ve Been Everywhere,” Johnny Cash
What do you play for the man who’s been everywhere? Johnny Cash, of course. Whether you’re headed to Louisiana or Texarkana, this one will get you there.
“Amarillo by Morning,” George Strait
No one likes driving all night, but sometimes you’ve just got to get home. Strait’s country classic is the perfect soundtrack to a highway sunrise — Texas or otherwise.
“Get Out of This Town,” Carrie Underwood
What’s more romantic than a spontaneous road trip with your sweetie? Not much. Make your great escape with this track from Underwood.
“Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show
For the more adventurous ones, hitchhiking is a cheap way to get where you need to go while meeting some colorful characters along the way. “Wagon Wheel” is the ultimate hitchhiker anthem. Just be sure the ride you catch is up for a singalong.
- 2009, Lady Antebellum’s “I Run To You” is certified gold
- 2004, Toby Keith headlines his first stadium date, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The bill also features Scotty Emerick, Hal Ketchum, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry and Massachusetts native Jo Dee Messina
- 1989, Ricky Van Shelton earns his first platinum award, for the album “Wild-Eyed Dream”
- 1979, Jerrod Niemann is born in Harper, Kansas. A writer of Garth Brooks’ “Good Ride Cowboy,” he collects a platinum single for his first hit as an artist, the 2010 single “Lover, Lover.” He adds subsequent hits with “What Do You Want,” “One More Drinkin’ Song” and “Drink To That All Night”
He sat down (literally, on the floor) with his wife Nicole Kidman and their two daughters Faith Margaret and Sunday Rose to make an artsy black-and-white video for Reba’s #PrayForPeace song. It shows all four making the song’s prayer-hands-to-peace-signs gesture.
Reba said on her Facebook page she’s never worked on a song for so long.
“The idea to write the song ‘Pray for Peace’ came to me last year as I was walking on our place in Gallatin, Tennessee,” she said. “For days, I’d sing, ‘Pray for Peace,’ over and over. It wasn’t until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place — some, not until we got into the studio to record it.
“I feel this song is a gift from God. I have never worked on a song as long as this one. It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe,” Reba said. “It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love.”
After her fans and fellow artists like Urban, Ronnie Dunn, The Band Perry, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Kelly Clarkson and more started sharing their feedback on the song, McEntire responded.
“Thank you all so much for commenting on the song and video. I pray it touches your heart as much as it does mine,” she said.
She also told People magazine that even though she didn’t intend to make this song a political one, the timing makes it feel that way.
“We had no way of knowing what would be happening in the world when we decided to release the video this week,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and families of the Malaysian Airlines flight as we continue to pray for peace.”
Like, “Yeah, girl, been diggin’ on you” or “Girl, I finally got you up in the seat of my old truck” or, most notoriously, “Girl, you make my speakers go boom-boom.”
If the lad is feeling especially lyrical these days, he may toss in a “baby” or a “honey” before moving on to wax eloquent about his beloved’s waxed areas. But you can be sure he’ll never deplete the thesaurus of sugary synonyms.
Even so, we shouldn’t be too hard on these bucolic bards. It’s not easy to put into words just what it is that sets your “girl” apart from all the others. Nonetheless, here are some swains who tried:
“Hey, Good Lookin’” (Hank Williams, 1951; written by Hank Williams)
No fool he, Williams resorts to the one seduction tool every male employs when he’s on the hunt — flattery. Then he rolls out the gifts he’s willing to drop at his intended’s feet to show his sincerity. “I’ve got a hot rod Ford and a two-dollar bill/And I know a spot right over the hill/There’s soda pop and the dancin’s free/So if you wanna have fun come along with me.” Sure, it’s crass, but it’s so much warmer than “Hey, girl.”
“Honeycomb” (Jimmie Rodgers, 1957; written by Bob Merrill)
This may be the only instance of sweet talk being spun into a whole creation myth. In this narrative, the Lord makes bees, birds and trees just to fashion the honeycomb that becomes “my baby’s lips” and pet name. “Well, Honeycomb, won’t you be my baby/Well, Honeycomb, be my own/What a darn good life when you’ve got a wife like honeycomb.” No wonder the song was a pop hit, as well.
“Devil Woman” (Marty Robbins, 1962; written by Marty Robbins)
Robbins is pretty extravagant in his imagery here, too, going so far as to link his amorous torments to changes in nature. “Even the seagulls are happy,” he says, to see him return to his forgiving wife after he’s wrenched himself out of the ensnaring clutches of “devil woman.” Isn’t he a wuss, though, to blame all the treachery on her?
“Hello, Darlin’” (Conway Twitty, 1970; written by Conway Twitty)
Twitty squeezes more eroticism into this one greeting than you’ll find in a dozen bro-country anthems. In some quarters, “darling” is considered a tad more elegant than “baby” or “girl,” even with the terminal “g” gone. Wisely, Twitty shoulders all the responsibility for having driven away the woman he’s singing to. Then he turns on the pity, “Guess I’m doin’ all right/Except I can’t sleep/And I cry all night till dawn.” Clearly, there are some problems a six-pack and a swimming hole just can’t solve.
“Borrowed Angel” (Mel Street, 1972; written by Mel Street)
Street’s getting it on with someone else’s wife. But you’ve got to understand. He still needs and respects her. To him, she’s a ministering spirit. “That ring on her finger don’t belong to me/But she loves me and I know she’ll save some borrowed time for me.”
“Queen of the Silver Dollar” (Dave & Sugar, 1976; written by Shel Silverstein)
There’s irony here, but no scorn, as Dave & Sugar describe the social habits of a down-at-the-heels bar girl who’s treated like a queen — at least for the moment. “Now the jesters flock around her, tryin’ to win her favors/To see which one will take the Queen of the Silver Dollar home.”
“You’re My Jamaica” (Charley Pride, 1979; written by Kent Robbins)
Let others seek joy in tropical islands, Pride sings. He’s found his “Paradise” at home. “You’re my Jamaica/You’re where I want to be/You’re my island when I’m being/Tossed on a stormy sea.”
“Lady” (Kenny Rogers, 1980; written by Lionel Richie)
Well, you’ve got to sing something to keep the lounge open. Rogers’ breathy, impassioned interpretation glosses over such clichéd clunkers as “knight in shining armor,” “each and every morning,” “whisper softly in my ear,” “made me whole” and “love of my life.” But you get the idea. This woman is really revered and adored, not a bikini-clad party ornament.
“Baby Blue” (George Strait, 1988; written by Aaron Barker)
Baby Blue is a wild child who loves intensely and then leaves on a whim. “Like a breath of spring, she came and left/And I still don’t know why/So here’s to you and whoever holds my Baby Blue tonight.”
“Little Miss Honky Tonk” (Brooks & Dunn, 1995; written by Ronnie Dunn)
Don’t bother lighting a bonfire and hauling out the cooler for this chick. She ain’t the outdoor type. Rather, she’s into bright lights and jukeboxes or, as B&D sing it, “She’s a slick nickel, she’s right on the money/I wouldn’t give her up for a thousand buckle bunnies.” No ordinary “girl” need apply.
“Texas Tornado” (Tracy Lawrence, 1995; written by Bobby Braddock)
Bloodlines have yet to be confirmed, but it looks like Lawrence’s Texas Tornado is a first cousin to Little Miss Honky Tonk. She’s not just the life of the party — she is the party. “I’m like a tumbleweed in a wild west Texas wind,” he moans. “You’re blowing me away again.”
“Hot Mama” (Trace Adkins, 2004; written by Casey Beathard, Tom Shapiro )
The kids are asleep, and Daddy’s feeling frisky. We’re in a post-honky-tonk stage of life here. But those neon lights still flicker in the back of Daddy’s mind as he whinnies, “And you’re one hot mama/You turn me on, let’s turn it up/And turn this room into a sauna.”
OK. Just one more. Consider, if you will, Don Gibson‘s 1972 entreaty, “Woman (Sensuous Woman),” penned by Gary S. Paxton. It shares thematic roots with Robbins’ “Devil Woman” in that it places all responsibility for a guy’s straying onto the woman he’s catting around with. “Woman, sensuous woman/You control the world I’m living in/Woman, sensuous woman/Release my body and let me live again.”
Oh, please! Don’t be such a girl.
- 2004, Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck Stomp” comes out on top as CMT premieres the special “20 Funniest Videos”
- 1997, “Strawberry Wine” takes Song of the Year at the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s 30th Songwriter Achievement Awards. Vice Gill wins Songwriter/Artist of the Year for the third time. Mark D. Sanders claims Top Songwriter
- 1988, Vern Gosdin picks up a #1 single in Billboard with a song that celebrates Ernest Tubb, “Set ‘Em Up Joe”
- 1983, “Pancho And Lefty” propels Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard to the top spot on the Billboard country chart
- 2008, Mercury releases the Sugarland album “Love On The Inside”
- 2004, Gretchen Wilson’s “Here For The Party” video debuts on CMT
- 1989, George Strait ascends to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “What’s Going On In Your World”
- 1972, Charley Pride lays claim to the #1 slot on the Billboard country chart with “It’s Gonna Take A Little Bit Longer”
Kenny Chesney is going back to the beach when he plays a free show at the Flora-Bama bar, located on the Florida-Alabama state line, on Aug. 16. Free wristbands were claimed online in less than five minutes on Thursday morning (July 17).
The show will be staged in a fenced-in beach area. It is the only concert Chesney has announced for the remainder of the year. He took the summer of 2014 off from touring to record a new album.
“Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them,” Chesney said. “Cause I can’t wait to get out there and play. As I’ve said, I really miss playing shows, seeing the people and having that exchange of energy that we have every night. The No Shoes Nation always brings it, and brings it hard — and they push me to be a better artist.”
Chesney’s current single is “American Kids.” He will release a new album titled The Big Revival on Sept. 23.
“When I heard ‘American Kids,’ I knew it was special. … It was a song people — especially the ones in the pinpoint towns between New York and L.A. — really live, really capture. So I was thrilled to cut it, and when we went looking for a place to do this show, I wanted something that had that spirit, had that vibe. … That’s what The Big Revival is all about. That’s what this show is all about — and this is what the Flora-Bama is.”