I realize music from teenager years is probably overrated, but man I still think the golden era of country music was the first half of the 1990s. Just so many good singers that didn’t emphasize twang and drawl, but still played acoustic guitars and not every song was about rugged individualism. Now get off my lawn.
I might be the only person who finds this version of the song to be their favorite. And I’ll listen to it any time of year.
Alecia Elliott released her first album in 2000 at the age 17 and her second one at age 37. I owned the first one and bought it for “I’m Diggin’ It.” Love her voice but the material on the first album was mostly shit. It tried to capture the pop-crossover appeal of Shania Twain but, yeah, it didn’t work.
A soft rock song by Dave Mason that hit #12 on the pop charts in 1977. I often prefer original rock versions that have been covered by country artists, but in this case I slightly prefer Billy Dean’s version.
The album for this song, “Fire in the Dark,” was one of the first cassette tapes I owned.
I’m undecided if Achy Breaky Heart was a good or a bad thing for Billy Ray. It became so reviled so quickly (and it is indeed a horrible song) it might have kept him underrated for the rest of his life. On the other hand, it put him on the map.
He’s got like ten songs I really like but he never got to #1 a second time.