My musical thoughts:
I am the least talented musical person you will ever meet. I cannot sing AT ALL (I sound like a howling dog), I cannot play any instrument (although I did play the trumpet in 6th grade but that was too many years ago to remember), but I do feel like I have good taste in music!!! But let me advise you, I love almost EVERYTHING!!! Hence the word almost.
Here are some things I think you should check out and why I think you should check them out.
#1: Miranda Lambert is one of the most talented country music singers as well as song writers. She is so true to who she is and is not willing to change for anyone. In the business that is hard to do, but she has continued to show her personality in each song. Personally the fact the she is a down home southern girl (that hunts) makes me love her even more!!!!! If you have not gotten her new album yet, it is worth the money! If you prefer to buy by song, here are my recommendations. You for sure need to get "White Liar" mainly b/c it is one of the, if not the best song on the radio (and my good friend Natalie Hemby wrote it with Miranda!) The other song on her album that you need to get is "The house that built me." If you are girl and you are not in tears by the time the song is over, me and you wouldn’t get along. It is a beautiful song and speaks true to my life (minus the playing the guitar part.)
#2: RANDY HOUSER KICKS ***!!!!!!!! His new single "Whistlin Dixie" is amazing!!! He is probably the best male vocalist that has come out of Nashville in a long time. On his previous album "My kinda country" is a GREAT song! I love him!!!
#3: Speaking of great voices here are 2 people worth checking out. Lee Brice and Chris Stapleton. They are both unbelievable songwriters and 2 of the strongest most emotional voices I have ever heard. Chris Stapleton has a blue grass band called "The Steeledrivers." Worth the purchase for sure.
#4: Ingrid Michaelson. She is not country but I am IN LOVE with her voice.
#5: Easton Corbin: I simply love the song "I'm a little more country than that."
#6: Justin Timberlakes version of "hallelujah." It is a tear jerker and I am so glad to hear something new from him.
#7: I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE John Mayer even though he is one of the weirdest people ever. I read an article in Rolling Stone about him the other day and all his quotes about masturbation just really confused me. BUT, that doesn't take away his talent as a musician. His new album isn't nearly as good as Continuum, but the songs are still great. "edge of desire" is my favorite. And I love the message he is conveying through "who says." Basically saying, be yourself not who someone else wants you to be! BUT............ he is still weird! :)
#8: Kings of Leon.... ENOUGH SAID!!!!!!!! (well... one thing to say- they are soooo much more than "Sex on Fire" and "use somebody." If those are the only 2 you have heard, listen to the rest of their stuff with an open mind and appreciation of having a vision. They are incredibly talented. "You take to the yard like a cock fight!!!"
#9: Please don't tell my husband I said this b/c he thinks I hate this person. I am just to embarrassed to admit that I LOVE HIM!!! Chris Knight is one of the darkest song writers, but he is a lyrical genius!!!!! Literally you feel like you have watched an entire movie by the end of his songs.
#10 Eric Church is unbelievable! Talk about countrier than cow ****. I love how he says "dat" instead of "that." Oh what I thing I have for southern boys. And too, Jay Joyce produced him and Jay also produced Randy, so I love the compositions of the songs!!!
#11 Patty Griffin should have probably been #1 on my list. I saw her at the Ryman a few years ago and my heart just melted when I heard her sing. Between the songs she writes and the way she sings it, she is a true testament to what talent really is. She sings a song called "heavenly day" which Chris Stapleton sang at mine and Randy's wedding. It is the most beautiful song in the world!!!!
OKAY!!! For my last little bit.... I LOVE 80's music!!!!! LOVE IT. and my favorite song right now is "You make my dreams come true" by Daryl Hall and John Oats!!!!! It just makes me wana dance.... which is yet another thing I have absolutely no talent at!
So, there you have it!!! Another long winded post by yours truly on my musical insights!!!! I feel like I left soooo many people out.... like Old Crow Medicine Show (So much more than wagon wheel if thats all you know them for) Coldwater Jane (they are new.... beautiful girls and totally worth buying their single on iTunes), David Nail, The Fray, Eric Hutchinson, Michael Buble, and of course my amazingly talented husband Randy Montana!!! You can currently hear his demos on his MySpace page, but later this summer hopefully you will be hearing a lot more!
im done blabbing!!!!!! Let me know what you think of some of these artists!!!!