New Year’s Day 2020

Today is the third anniversary of this blog. As usual, my plan is to share a whole lot of music, as I’m more interested in the actual music than the trash-talking and the egos of the various “scenes.” My “country plus” series of YouTube lists have been around in various forms since 2015. Every year is different, so I’ll see where the music takes me.

Since I live in the heart of Texas, I expect to see lots of Texas acts this year. I haven’t made many firm plans yet, but I do plan to see Chris Stapleton/Willie Nelson/Jamey Johnson/Yola in Texas in March, CMA week in Nashville in June, and the Southeastern Fiddle Championship in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in June. I’ll likely try to make Americanafest in Nashville in September, also, but I haven’t made firm plans.

Thanks to all of my readers, and may your year be filled with good health and good music.

12/30/19 Spotify Updates

My 2019 Spotify Country list includes 50 songs, one per artist:

My YouTube Country Plus Showcase series includes over 2,000 songs, so this much more compact Spotify list is just a taste.

Here are the fifty artists on this list:

George Strait, Reba McEntire, Tracy Lawrence ,Aaron Watson, Luke Combs, Jon Pardi, Midland, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle, Runaway June, Cody Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Steel Blossoms, Alice Wallace, Logan Ledger, Zane Williams, Randy Rogers, Charles Wesley Godwin, Stetson Walker, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Dee White, Mark Addison Chandler, Josh Mitcham, John Paul Hodge, Clint Bradley, Colton Kise, Carin Mari, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Felix Truvere, Jason James, Country Side Of Harmonica Sam, Gary West, Theo and Brenna, Jenna and Martin, Charlie Marie, Sasha McVeigh, Ashleigh Dallas, Cliff Cody, Six Sanchez, Pam Jackson, Sum Brothers, The Patrick Brothers, Troy Stone and the Spent Shells, Dustin Sonnier, Sunny Leigh Shipley ft Wood and Wire, Lucas Jagneaux and the Roadshow, The Sunny Cowgirls, Charley Crockett, Mike and the Moonpies, and Marti Brom and Her Rancho Notorious.

12/29/19 First Look Ahead To 2020

Here are the albums that I have found so far for January and February:

1/1 Brett Kissel

Erica Sunshine Lee

Addison Lea Thompson

John McDonald

Heathen City

Dale Fisher

Quasar Valley Band

Feed The Kitty

Paul Newell

L.A. Moore

1/3 Jenna & Martin

Kolton Moore

Jason Spradlin

Biddy Ronelle

Emily Frith

Kyle Wells

Caleb Tokarska

Nate Lloyd

Bryan M. Olson

1/5 Tom Teboe and the River City Ramblers

1/8 Lauren Mascitti

1/10 Sideline

Ronnie Dunn

Frank Foster

Tenille Arts

Patrick W. Stafford



Justin Gambino

Jeff Jacobs Band

Carman A.D.

Devon Gilfillian

Nashville Tribute To The Hymns

1/14 Left Arm Tan

1/17 Eleven Hundred Springs

Morgan Myles

Little Big Town

Marcus King


Dustin Lynch

Della Mae

David Dondero

Legendary Shack Shakers

Alan Barnosky

Aleyce Simmonds

Luke O’Shea

Hurricane Fall

Warren Williams

Phil Vassar

1/24 Wood Brothers

Haden Triplets

The Band Trippp

Lil’ Smokies

Kailey Nicole

Ray Remington

Terry Allen

Andy Shauf

Ida Mae

1/31 Wood Belly

Charli Adams

Eric Brace and Last Train Home

Jim and Sam

Jason McMahon

Thunder and Rain

Possessed By Paul James

Dustbowl Revival

Boxcar Junkies

Drive By Truckers

Peter the 3rd

John Bora

Eliza Mayer

John Dennis

Tre Burt

Some time in January:

Richie Allbright

Steve Moakler

2/3 One For The Foxes

2/7 The Steeldrivers

Lena Paige

Miss Tess

Drew Fish Band

Barefoot Movement

Mississippi Hillbillies, 1927-1935 (4 CDs)

Box set “Hank Williams – Pictures From Life’s Other Side”

The Flyin’ A’s

John Moreland

William Prince

The Lone Bellow

The Cadillac Three

James Steinle

Aubrie Sellers

Darling West

Coco O’Connor

Celeste Kellogg

Frank Maroney

Jen Starsinic

David Allen Holweger

Lynne Hanson

Chicago Farmer

2/14 Tami Neilson

Carly Pearce

The Ballroom Thieves

Robert Vincent

Matthew West

2/15 Luke Hendrickson

2/21 Henriette

Ashton Lane

Dale Ann Bradley and Tina Adair

Letitia VanSant

Katie Pruitt

Rose Cousins

Oh Harlow

2/22 Cris Mantello

2/28 Sierra Hull

Zac Wilkerson

The Secret Sisters

James Robert Webb

I’m sure I will find many more week to week.

12/28/19 Goodbye To The 2010s

The Academy of Country Music published a 17-song list featuring ACM Decade Award winners:

CMT published “Twenty-Two Defining Moments of the Decade in Country Music”

Let’s take a look back at Billboard’s Hot Country Songs charts for each year.


Lee Brice has the top song, Luke Bryan number two, Josh Turner the number 3 and 4 songs, and Chris Young number 5. Joe Nichols and Clay Walker each have a song in the top ten, also. Chris Stapleton has writing credits on the number 9 and 15 songs. He also released a bluegrass album with the Steeldrivers September 2010 and a southern rock album with the Jompson Brothers November 2010.


Eli Young Band, Jake Owen, Rodney Atkins, Chris Young, and The Band Perry have the top five. The Band Perry certainly changed their sound a lot over the decade. George Strait has number 11.


Josh Turner, Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, and Gloriana have the top five. George Strait checks in at number 42 with a Stapleton writing credit.


Florida-Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton ft Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan, and Hunter Hayes have the top five. George Strait checks in at number 27.


FGL, Jason Aldean, FGL again, Brantley Gilbert, and Luke Bryan have the top five. Stapleton has a writing credit for Luke Bryan at 11.


Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt again, Luke Bryan, and Thomas Rhett (Stapleton writing credit) have the top five. Stapleton checks in at 89 with Tennessee Whiskey, despite no airplay.


FGL, Thomas Rhett, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, and Jon Pardi have the top five. Chris Stapleton checks in at 36, 62, and 63, despite marginal radio support.


Sam Hunt, Brett Young, Luke Combs, Kane Brown ft Lauren Alaina, and Dustin Lynch have the top 5. Chris Stapleton checks in at 58, 86, 89, and 98, again without much radio support.


Bebe Rexha & FGL, Kane Brown, Dan+Shay, Jason Aldean, and Thomas Rhett have the top five. Chris Stapleton checks in at number 15, as radio grudgingly allowed Broken Halos to limp to the crest of the airplay chart after months of slow play.


Morgan Wallen, Dan+Shay, Blake Shelton, and two Luke Combs songs are the top five. Stapleton checks in at number 40.

I’ll close today’s post with Billboard’s decade-end chart for country albums:

Christmas Day 2019

Here’s a look back at a bunch of my music lists:

October-December Country Plus Showcase:

The 2019 “Country Plus” series as a whole includes over 2,000 songs, so there’s plenty of new music to discover throughout the year.


Country Roots (1930 and before):

Eefing Et Cetera:

Country Polka:

A Few Good Tunes, a small list that I change around:

September 2019 Country Plus Showcase:

Trucking Songs:

Western Music Before 1960:

Western Music 1960-1979:

My Spotify lists:

Honky Tonk:

Square Dance:

Funny & Weird:

Odds and Ends, but Mostly Odds:

Interesting Instrumentals:

Island Country Vibe:

Marching Band country & western:

Bluegrass Covers:

Acts I saw or met during CMA week this June:

Hip Hop Meets Country Plus:

August Country Plus Showcase:

July Country Plus Showcase:

June Country Plus Showcase:

May Country Plus Showcase:

Mar-Apr Country Plus Showcase:

Jan-Feb Country Plus Showcase:

2018 Country Plus Showcase:

2017 Country Plus Showcase:

2015-2016 Country Plus Showcase:


Virginia Mountains:

Coal Songs:


Southern Rock Plus, 2015-2019:

International Country Music 2018:

Songs Written By Chris Stapleton:

Staplemania (Chris Stapleton singing, playing, backup vocals, etc):

Religious & Inspirational:

2017+2018 CMA Week Meet & Greets:

12/24/19 Revisiting September

The September list:

Marti Brom, The Likely Culprits, and Georgette Jones all released fine albums. Marty Stuart released a deluxe version of his “Pilgrim” album with previously unreleased songs. Crystal Gayle’s album included Loretta Lynn on one song.

September also saw the debut of the Ken Burns country music documentary. I bought the 5-CD soundtrack at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, which has a lot of country music history itself.

12/23/19 Revisiting August

The August list includes over 200 artists:

Cam just had her baby, and you can hear Cam singing in French on my August list.

Steampunk band The Cog Is Dead ventured into country with a song, “The Story Of Steaklas.”

The Chuck Wagon Gang formed in 1935 and began recording in 1936. The country gospel family group, founded by D.P. Carter, released an album covering songs by the (unrelated, as far as they know) A.P. Carter Family.

12/21/19 Revisiting June

200 artists are represented on the June list, so this is a good time to go back and listen to a few who didn’t receive a lot of coverage elsewhere:

There’s the honky tonk sound of Gus Robbins and a bit of cosmic country from Fish Fisher. Derek Spencer, Jason Tyler Burton, Charles Wesley Godwin, and Jason Hawk Harris are all on the June list, too, so there’s plenty to check out, no matter what type of country or Americana deal you’re into.