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Wayne’s Music 14/15 December 2013.  Goin’ Country.

‘Blacktop’             Alan Jackson from the Bluegrass album.  Jackson has said he’s wanted to make a bluegrass album for 15 years.

‘Destination Life’            Donna Dean, from the suburbs of Auckland to a feature artist on the same bill as Willie Nelson. 

‘Mine Would Be You’              Blake Shelton – with a good example of a strong country theme … the man sending a strong message to the woman he’s longing for …this is Shelton’s 7th studio album called “Based On A True Story”. 

‘Cry Myself To Sleep’              Tami Neilson, is an Aucklander now, and this is from her award winning album – “The Kitchen Table Sessions Vol 1” …

‘Wagon Wheel’              Darius Rucker with a song with a history …

‘You Don’t Know me’              Camille Te Nahu – the gal from Gisborne who with her husband Stuie French are the 2013 Golden Guitar Award Winners for Best Alternative Country Album in Australia. 

‘Little Bit Of Everything’ Keith Urban – another kiwi …with the first single from his eighth studio album called “Fuse” …

‘Positive Blues’               one of my favourites from the Coalrangers Coast To Coast release

‘Stripes’                Brandy Clark is one of The Women Of Country these days … her songs have been recorded by a who’s who of the modern country stars …

‘New San Antonio Rose’          Dwight Yoakam with Asleep At The Wheel  - playing the biggest hit Western Swing Music ever had! 

‘Merry Christmas Baby’           one of the best sellers on the country list heading into Christmas is the re-release of “Merry Christmas, Love Elvis” … which the King released back in 1957 …

‘I’m Here To Love You’          Kieran Kane, the owner of Dead Reckoning Records –

‘Golden’               Lady Antebellum have enjoyed 29 weeks on the chart this year with the Golden album.  .

‘There’s A new Kid In Town’            Trisha Yearwood 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 15 December 2013.  Goin Country.  PART ONE

‘Merry Go Round’                   Kacey Musgraves’ debut song dealing with various troubles of modern life – this is her cynical observation of life in rural America.  The 49th best single of last year according to Rolling Stome Magazine …

‘Home On The Range’             Highway 101 – one of the most popular country groups of the 80s boasting an influential country rock sound that helped pave the way for the blockbuster superstars of the 90s. 

‘So Alive’             the title track from the first full length album Dianne Swann and Brett Adams recorded after their return home in 2002 after touring with Green Day and Radio Head and other big names Oasis

Walkin’ On My Dreams’                   The Hacienda Brothers – sometimes billed as the finest country rock band since the Flying Burrito Brothers … the late Chris Gaffney, Dave Gonzalez, Dale Daniel, David Berzansky and Hank Maninger call the music -  western soul. 

PART TWO

‘Little Bit Gypsy             Kellie Pickler – from American Idol to the music charts – she writes songs with Taylor Swift  - and she’s a former Dancing With The Stars winner. 

‘Pontoon’             Little Big Town  - with the first #1 hit – even though since 1998 they’ve charted 14 songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. 

‘The Wind’           The Zac Brown Band … with 9 number one singles on the country charts –

‘A Child In A Barren Land’                this is Janis Ian singing one of the songs on Precious Child – the story of Christmas retold acoustically by a number of artists …

 ‘White Winter Hymnal’            from The Wilde Winter Songbook – pop star Kim Wilde has released her first new album in over a decade – with her family, Father Marty, Brother Ricky and niece Scarlett featuring on this Christmas piece.

‘Drinks After Work’                 Toby Keith has been a major name on the scene for a couple of decades now – this is the title track of his 17th studio album …

‘What Am I Gonna Do’            Donna Dean with another superbly crafted title song – from her second album recorded in Auckland.  A Follow up to the debut she recorded with The Amazing Rhythm Aces …            

‘From Here To The Moon And Back’    Willie Nelson … earlier in the year The Red Headed Stranger said if he gets the chance he’ll sing with all the girls in Nashville – apparently he did for his new album called “To All The Girls ….

‘Red’                    Taylor Swift who must be the hottest talent on the country world stage right now.

‘We Three Kings’           Trace Adkins with Sonya Issacs – a Celtic feel on Adkins album called “The King’s Gift” …

‘My First taste Of texas’           Ed Bruce with an oldie from his much loved “This Old Hat” album from yesteryear. 

‘Come Find Me’             Audrey Auld the Australian singer/writer, although she resides in Tennessee these days – she must have a dozen albums to her credit now. 

‘Blue Christmas’             she’s all wrapped up in Red but Kelly Clarkson’s going to have a BLUE CHRISTMAS.  .