February is over, and now March is almost over too, so you know what that means — another new edition of my What I’ve Been Listening To series. Here we go:
“Whiskey And Rain,” Michael Ray
Michael Ray delivers a good ole’ heartbreak tune with “Whiskey And Rain.” This song is about as country as it gets–from Ray’s audible twang to the accompanying fiddle to the concept of drinking to getting over a lost love.
Standout Lyrics: Yeah, whiskey and rain coming down, coming down/Splash of bourbon in a glass/Yeah, pouring something on the pain, let it drown, let it drown/Try to wash away the past, oh-oh-oh/Since my blue sky sunshine whole life hopped/On that midnight train/Till the bottle runs out or the clouds roll away/It’s just whiskey and rain
“Honey Slow,” Colton Venner
I discovered Colton Venner when his song, “Honey Slow” popped up in one of my Spotify suggested playlists. I really like Venner’s Country/Americana/Singer-Songwriter vibe as well as the soft acoustics of this track and the relaxing tone of his voice.
Standout Lyrics: We play that same song every Sunday night/Holdin’ off the seconds before we say “goodbye”/You whisper softly that you wish that I could stay/And I can’t seem to find the words to say/So we just slow dance/Honey, in the drive way/Slow dance/Honey, in the drive way/Slow dance/Honey slow
“Hits me,” Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell puts an upbeat spin on her breakup track, “Hits me.” The bright production makes for an interesting interpretation–one wouldn’t think the end of a relationship would make the singer, or even the listener, want to dance–but it does. Another unforgettable moment on the track? The guitar solo from 2:09 to 2:29; Ell is known in the country music community for her awesome guitar skills.
Standout Lyrics: I ain’t looking for a rebound/I’m just tryna do me now/Oh, and honestly I’m tryna learn to live this life without ya/It might look like letting go is easier for me/But you can’t always believe what you see/I’m happy ’til it hits me/We’re nothing but history/It’s too late to go back there again/We’re better off as friends/And I can stay distracted/Like nothing ever happened/But that’s until it pulls me under/Wonderin’ if you miss me/I’m happy ’til it hits me, hits me, hits me/I’m happy ’til it hits me, hits me, hits me
“Truth Be Told,” Matthew West and Carly Pearce
Christian artist, Matthew West partners up with country artist, Carly Pearce on this song about letting one’s facade down with God and admitting when things aren’t okay. Beautifully honest, this song tells the truth in the best way.
Standout Lyrics: There’s a sign on the door, says, “Come as you are” but I doubt it/’Cause if we lived like it was true, every Sunday morning pew would be crowded/But didn’t you say the church should look more like a hospital/A safe place for the sick, the sinner and the scarred and the prodigals/Like me/Well truth be told/The truth is rarely told/Oh am I the only one who saysI’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not/I’m broken/And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not/And you know it/I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it/When being honest is the only way to fix it/There’s no failure, no fall/There’s no sin you don’t already know/So let the truth be told
“I Don’t Know About You,” Chris Lane
Chris Lane desires to get close to a female love interest on “I Don’t Know About You.” Having first heard this one on my local country station and finding the chorus insanely catchy, I rushed home to Google the song title. It’s now one of my favorites and I regularly listen to it on repeat.
Standout Lyrics: What’s your name, what’s your sign, what’s your birthday?/What’s your wrist tattoo Bible verse say?/Tell me this, do you kiss on the first date?/Don’t hold anything back (don’t hold anything back)/What’s your dream job?/Girl, where’s your hometown?/Yeah, what makes your world spin round and around?/And are you down to get out of here too?/Tell me everything till there’s nothing I don’t know about you
“You All Over Me,” Taylor Swift featuring Maren Morris
Taylor Swift teams up with Maren Morris on her first “from the vault” song that will appear on her re-recording of her 2008 album, Fearless (set to drop April 9). The songwriting is classic T-Swift and her harmonies with Morris are impeccable.
Standout Lyrics: Once the last drop of rain has dried off the pavement/Shouldn’t I find a stain, but I never do/The way the tires turn stones, on old county roads/They leave ’em muddy underneath/Reminds me of you/You find graffiti on the walls of old bathroom stalls/You know, you can scratch it right off/It’s how it used to be/But like the dollar in your pocket that’s been spent and traded in/You can’t change where it’s been/Reminds me of me/I lived, and I learned/Had you, got burned/Held out, and held on/God knows, too long/And wasted time, lost tears/Swore that I’d get out of here/But no amount of freedom gets you clean/I’ve still got you all over me
And that’s a wrap on my February/March picks. Let me know how you like them, listen to them on Spotify, and share what tunes you’ve been listening to the last couple of months. Until next time, drown out the chaos of the world with some awesome music.