It’s the end of the month, which means I’m back for another edition of my What I’ve Been Listening To series. Read on for my June/July song picks:
“Drink In My Hand,” Eric Church
The Chief drowns his woes with a cold one on this upbeat track that’s perfect for summer.
Standout Lyrics: Yeah, the parking lot is muddy. Can’t get to the door,/I take my jacked-up drop er down in 4×4/Chill down a long neck, warm up the band,/All you gotta do is put a drink in my hand
“Memory I Don’t Mess With,” Lee Brice
Lee Brice sings about a lost love on this track from his album, Hey World. This is one I’ve been hearing a lot on my local country station recently, and guess what? I dig it.
Standout Lyrics: Red leaves on the river/Footprints in the sand/Cold walk in December/Warming up your hands/Sun dress on the front steps/Sun up by the lake/Blanket down in the backyard/Lying wide awake/That’s a memory I don’t mess with/The girl I was the best with/The one I was obsessed with/Girl, you just don’t get it/I’d fall right back with one slip/Always leaves me helpless/Don’t hate me, I can’t help it/Gotta leave us where we left it/You’re a memory I don’t mess with
“Renegade,” Big Red Machine featuring Taylor Swift
Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon–the duo better known as Big Red Machine–team up with Taylor Swift on “Renegade,” a song about love and baggage. The trio are frequent collaborators; Dessner and Vernon worked with Swift on both her foklore and evermore albums.
Standout Lyrics: I tapped on your window on your darkest night/The shape of you/Was jagged and weak/There was nowhere for me to stay/But I stayed anyway/And if I would’ve known/How many pieces you had crumbled into/I might have let them lay/Are you really gonna talk about timing in times like these?/And let all your damage, damage me/And carry your baggage up my street/And make me your future history
“I Quit Drinking,” Kelsea Ballerini and LANY
Kelsea Ballerini and Paul Jason Klein of LANY blend their voices on this sobering duet.
Standout Lyrics: You’re the reason there’s no whiskey anywhere inside this house/You’re the reason all my friends know I don’t go downtown/You’re the reason I hate champagne, never used to turn it down/You’re the only thing I want when one drop hits my mouth/But baby, you’re the reason/I quit drinking
“Something Sexy,” Smithfield
Trey Smith and Jennifer Fielder–the country duo, Smithfield–sing about a date night in on this sensual song from their recently released, New Town EP. I’m a little late to the game in discovering these two, but now that I have, I’m obsessed with them and their stunning harmonies.
Standout Lyrics: It’s a lights down, lay around, t-shirt on the couch/Turn the TV on, just to wind up making out: kind of night/Got to set the mood just right/Sit tight baby, and I’ll be right back/We need a soundtrack for a kiss like that/Let’s start this night together/Slipping that cover off a record
“Love Is Real,” Morgan Evans
Country singer, Morgan Evans reflects on romance with his latest single, “Love Is Real.”
Standout Lyrics: Soon as It’s Your Love came on, I felt every word/Hearing your pretty voice sing along changed the way I heard/The way I feel, the way I see, honestly make me believe/That I could drive, your hand in mine/Oh, baby, we’ll go till we run outta road/And the rust runs out these wheels/The way I feel, know I always will/I am yours, you are mine, love is real
And those are my June/July song picks. Let me know what you think of them, give them a listen on Spotify, and share what songs you’ve had on repeat the last few months. Until next time…music on, world off.