What are YOUR Top 5 songs of the year?
Here are mine…
#5: Brantley Gilbert’s “One Hell of an Amen” I first heard this song as a demo inside a van in Chicago in 2013. Brantley Gilbert’s record label rep played it for me and said “Brantley thinks this is the best song he’s ever written.” I thought it was amazing, even in the form I heard it then, which was very stripped down, with just piano and acoustic guitar.
#4: Chris Stapleton’s “Nobody To Blame” Here’s a guy whose Traveler album struck me right away as an album of the year candidate, full of songs that rotate holding the title of being my favorite from the album at any one time.
#3: Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” I like to think of myself as a positive, supportive, helping person. Belief that things can be better is at my core. So, when Dierks Bentley released his Riser album, I hoped hard that the title track would be released as a single. My wish was granted.
#2: Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer” I met two guys in a bar in Nashville three years ago who told me their band was called Brothers Osborne. As interesting as they were then, I forgot the name of their band, until I saw them on stage at another time. When I saw them, I thought, “hey, those are the guys I met in the bar!” They blew me away then, and still do so today. Can’t wait for their debut album to come out next month. This one will be on it.
#1: Eric Church’s “Like A Wrecking Ball” Eric Church has solidly been my favorite country artist for a long time, and when The Outsiders came out last year, I was taken by the sound of the Hammond organ the sensual lyric and imagery of this song. The first time I saw him perform it, women next to me waved at their faces when it was over, as if they needed to cool themselves off.