Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Best in country music for 2014

Every year we ask ourselves "where did the time go?"  This year is no exception.  I've traveled down to Nashville several times this year and have been fortunate to immerse myself in music on those long road trips.  Here are a few of my top picks in country music for 2014:

Top Songs of the Year

Shotgun Rider - Tim McGraw
Living the Dream - Sturgill Simpson
I Hold On - Dierks Bentley
Tonight I'm Playing Possum - Shooter Jennings
High In Heels - Kelsey Waldon
Kiss You Tonight - David Nail
The Way I'm Living - Lee Ann Womack

Bad Girl Phase - Sunny Sweeney
I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash Cover) - Craig Wayne Boyd

Top Albums of the Year

Angaleena Presley - American Middle Class
Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds of Country Music
Sunny Sweeney - Provoked
Rosanne Cash - The River & The Thread
Marty Stuart – Saturday Night/Sunday Morning
Dierks Bentley - Riser

Kelsey Waldon - The Goldmine

Personal Favorite Concerts of 2014

Hank 3 at Mercury Ballroom in Louisville, KY

Drake White and Maggie Rose at the Froggy Field Party in Frankfort, KY

Whitey Morgan at Willy's Locally Known in Lexington, KY
Fifth on the Floor at Busters in Lexington, KY
Sturgill Simpson at Zanzabar in Louisville, KY
Shooter Jennings & Waymore's Outlaws at the World Chicken Festival in London, KY
Jamey Johnson at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, KY
Oak Ridge Boys at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, KY
Loretta Lynn at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley, KY
Lee Ann Womack at Woodsongs Ole Time Radio Hour in Lexington, KY

Probably one of my favorite moments was getting to sit front row of the Ryman Auditorium for a taping of the Grand Ole Opry.  That night, the guests were the Oak Ridge Boys, Lynn Anderson, Larry Gatlin, Chris Janson, and Mary Sarah.  Eddie Stubbs even got up and played the fiddle alongside Chris Janson.

I look forward to seeing what shows, music, and friends that 2015 brings.  Be sure to check out my facebook page over at for Kentucky country music facts and fun!