Apologies for missing last week. I packed up my boots and headed to Dallas for a long weekend & wedding. I got my fill of Texas Country and mostly just sang "Luckenback" to my parents as we were driving back from the ceremony. They weren't impressed. Anyways, here's what I've been digging this week. As usual, it's all over the map.
Dirt Road - Kip Moore
Kip Moore wants to be Springsteen or Bob Segar and I'm totally okay with it. Kip's gravely voice and penchant to record nostalgic songs makes me a little weak in knees. To be fair, this song does include all the current Country cliches (dirt road, girl, beer, moonlight, fishing hole, etc) AND the iconic line "I don't wanna go / Unless Heaven's got a dirt road". Somehow, I've found it in my heart to overlook all of that. Maybe it was hearing Vince Gill sing harmony on it at All For The Hall this week, or maybe it was just that I'd finally heard it live. Whatever happened happened, and I'm in love.
Buy It Here - iTunes
Fancy - Iggy Azalea f/ Charli XCX
I didn't really want to like Iggy Azalea. I've never been a huge fan of female rappers. Then I saw that T.I. was backing her, and I owed it a listen. YES. THANK YOU T.I. I'm so glad I did. This is one of the few songs out right now that I don't mind listening to on repeat. I even put it on my current playlist, which is filled with sad songwriters and all the new summer country songs. It fits perfectly. Iggy's whole album is pretty great, but I suggest that you start with this track.
Buy It Here - iTunes
Why Can't I Be Like Other Girls? - Marshall Chapman
A song hasn't hit me hard like this in a long time. First off, Marshall Chapman is a badass and I aspire to be at least half as cool as her when I grow up (probably never). She was raised in South Carolina and then moved to Nashville. She's lived an incredible life. Pick up "Goodbye, Little Rock and Roller" right now, you'll thank me later. Marshall has written hundreds of songs and had several cuts over the years, but this one might be my favorite. I can certainly identify with not being like "all the other girls". Marshall's whole life has shown that it's alright to be a rockstar, even if you were raised to the contrary.
Watch It Here - Live @ The Station Inn - Nashville, TN