Thursday, May 28, 2015


We're already half way through 2015, can you believe it? The year has been full of great music with even more great music to come. Since we're at the mid point of the year, I'd like to point out six songs, released in 2015, that were most played on my iPod and fall into the category of "Damn I Love This Song." They're all great artists and all of the music is available on iTunes. Keep in mind, these are just my personal favorites so they may not necessarily agree with yours, so no, I didn't "leave anyone out". I just decided to narrow it down to six since we're six months away from another year and I threw in one bonus. These are in no particular order, they all rock.

1. "Love Me Like You Mean It" - Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is hardly the "tomato" in country music's "salad" as a certain radio consultant referred to female country artists this week in an interview with Country Aircheck. She's the dressing that tops off the salad and gives boring lettuce that extra oomph. As a matter of fact, Kelsea Ballerini is chock full of oomph and awesome from the top of her blonde head down to the tips of her stillettos.

Her personality is infectious and she's that girl that turns everyone's head when she enters the room because of her great attitude. Love, love, love this girl and love seeing how far she's gone. This song just makes you sing along.

2. "Can't Get Away From a Good Time" - Logan Mize

He may be a simple, blue collar kinda guy, having gone from truck driver to the new guy on the country music block, but there's nothing simple about his songwriting abilities. Logan Mize is impressive with his lyrics and delivery. He's got that killer rasp in his voice that comes naturally, not put on like some artists do. His songs tell a story and the stories they tell come from the life he's lived. He's a likeable guy, very personable and literally the kind of guy you can sit down with as a stranger and leave as a friend.

3. "Clean Up on Aisle Five" - Mo Pitney

Mo, Mo, Mo. Mo Pitney came along at the perfect time, right when country music needed a clean up of it's own. I really can't say enough about him. As a person, he's impressive. As an artist, he's amazing. As someone who can give country back the roots it's strayed from, he's perfect. This song made me cry the first time I heard it and cry even harder each additional time. It resulted in a standing ovation at the Grand Ole Opry. All I can say is thank you Mo.

4. "Country" - Mo Pitney

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See? I can't say enough about him and I really can't listen to him enough either. I really can't wait until the full length album comes out. Mo defines country and country, in turn, defines Mo Pitney. If you do one thing right this year, buy Mo's music.

5. "Better Than You Left Me" - Mickey Guyton

I love Mickey Guyton. Everything about Mickey and this song is refreshing. Country needs to hear more from this songbird. 

6. "On To Something Good" - Ashley Monroe

Another hands in the air, let's give it up for the women that can sing about more than a broken heart and how they can get back at the guy. This song just makes me feel good from the first note to the last, it makes me "seat dance" in the car, and it's very motivational and inspires you to keep on going! Really hope radio latches on to this "something good" song.

7. *BONUS* - "My Mistake" - Cam

Cam is the She's bubbly, she's "in your face" and she can sing her canary yellow wearing butt off. For a debut single, she made one heck of an imprint on country music. How can you not like this girl? Her entire EP is fantastic and man can she sing! Did I mention she can SING?

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