Ashley McBryde is one of those artists that you get excited about when you first hear them because it gives you hope that the rest of country radio will start playing good music again. Music that you know is country and not the ones that you have to listen for awhile just to determine if it is a pop mix station or a country station. In her new song, “Little Dive Bar,” McBryde proves country music is still out there. We just need to get all of the radio stations to start playing it.
The title of this blog post came to me because when I listen to the country singer guys, they all sound similar and are of the boy band pop type singers, except for Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks. However, when you listen to the women like Ashley McBryde, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and many more…they stay true to the music. If it does not sound like a country song, they are usually damn good songs anyways. Loretta Lynn and Willie Nelson are still recording damn good music. Not useless crap coming from the boy band guys.
Loretta Lynn has released a new single for her upcoming album, “Wouldn’t It Be Great.” The album was going to be released last year but was put on hold due to Loretta suffering a stroke. The new release date is unknown, but the album can be pre-ordered here.
This song is impressive and shows how great Loretta still is after all of these years. We can still hear the Loretta we met with “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” because the songwriter style is familiar, but now we can hear how her voice has changed. Like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and good homemade wine, Loretta’s voice only gets better with age. Watch the video below and listen to her latest song, “Wouldn’t It Be Great.”
Whitey Morgan and the 78’s just released a new song and lyrical music video from their upcoming album, “Hard Times And White Lines,” which is to be released on October 26th. The song is titled, “Honky Tonk Hell” and can be streamed on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Whitey Morgan’s website. Listen to the song with they lyrical video below.
It is always great to watch live performances, but performances with Hank Williams Sr. are extra special because they are rare. Hank Sr. died young but in those short years he gave us more music than any present artist has in the same timeline. What would Hank have been like if he lived longer? Would the star burn out, reinvent himself, or retire from the business? From what we know of Hank Sr, he certainly would not retire.
It is finally the end of the work week for many Mudcat listeners and the beginning for those weekend workers. Travis Tritt is a great reminder as to why we wake up every morning and be the best that we can be. In these sad days in country music, good songs like this one, that put you in the mood of something wonderful, are rare. Give a listen to “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive” below.