February has arrived – and with it, the groundhog didn’t see his shadow. That should make everyone wishing for spring very happy. Princess Nagger and I are still holding out hope for at least one good snow storm before it’s all said and done.
It’s Monday and also a freebie week – which means flexing my eclectic music tastes to share some favorites with you. Let’s start off with an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado, whose self-titled debut album was released on April 3, 2012, and eventually peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2013. As of December 2012, their debut album has been certified gold in the US, Canada and Ireland.
The song I’m sharing happens to be the band’s first single from December 2011 and was used in the season finale of a show I love, the CW’s Hart of Dixie. Having been used in that show, it of course started a national buzz on social media. I know I was doing an extensive search to find out about the song after I heard it on the show.
Next up is an artist that wanted to tie this hopeful song to a cause. When Hurricane Sandy hit, it was a no-brainer. The country star decided to use this new song’s video to encourage fans to donate to the Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating storms.
The video was filmed at an old slaughter house in East Nashville. They chose the location because it looked like an apartment complex with the walls blown out of it, and shot the video on the roof with rain machines.
Up next is a single by another favorite artist that was released just this past November 12, 2012. His second single for his new record label, he premiered it at a private venue in downtown Nashville to celebrate his upcoming album. He knew the intimate show would be the perfect backdrop for it.
“It was just an unbelievably special night,” says the country icon. “I thought the video was a cool way to capture it and share it with all our friends who came out to celebrate with us. There’s definitely a new energy and a feeling of freedom with this record, and I think everyone there felt that in our performance that night. It was just a blast for me and the guys to finally be able to perform the new songs and to give Nashville a preview of what’s to come.”
Next up is one of my favorite American Idol winners and happens to be one of the three newly recorded songs for her first greatest hits album. Its lyrical content represents her journey from winning the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002 to where she is headed as both an artist and an empowered woman; and is celebrated as a song of strength for her fans, friends and family who had supported her throughout the years.
Have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and her cohorts in crime, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog., and for the month of February, our Honorary Co-Conductor, Becca from Everyday Life.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
The awesome Run DMT also hosts Music Monday (who graciously helps out with our hostessing every time we need it, and who I had the privilege of meeting in person at BlogHer – she’s even more adorable than I imagined):
More Monday Hops – hop along, won’t you?