Ah, Monday! The perfect day to start the week with music, don't you think? This week's theme is a freebie, so let's go with the flow, shall we?
We'll start off with an artist who fairly recently released this as his third single, and as he hashes out a familiar story, his confidence is both reliable and charming.
Anyone else would have turned this song into just another cliche experience, but this singer makes the song pop with the help of some country-rock production.
“Hey girl what's up, looks like you're good to go / Hop in, lets ride, take it down this road / You couldn't look any hotter, reach on back and grab a bottle / Girl, lets get this party started,” start off the song in a fun way, followed by the chorus: “You look just like a little angel baby / But I know you love a little danger, baby / Everything about you girl is just my style / You got some wild in your smile.”
Here's the oh-so-cute Dustin Lynch with “Wild In Your Smile”:
In just five years, this band has earned nine #1's, and they're hopeful that their new tune will add to that achievement. The song tells of a lovestruck man who is pleading with his girl, Annie, not to give up on him and to give him another chance.
The lead sings, “Sweetheart, I've been living in a fantasy / But one day lightning will strike and my bark will lose its bite / Don't give up on me, sweet Annie.”
Here's Zac Brown Band with “Sweet Annie”:
This next artist I stumbled across while looking for songs to play and share, and was intrigued when I found out he won Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star competition for Michigan in 2008, then opened shows for Chesney at Michigan venues.
When you listen to him shredding away on electric guitar, it's hard to believe that he didn't start playing the instrument at birth. He actually didn't learn to play until he was 18, became passionate about it, and ended up playing eight hours a day.
The more he got into his love for playing, he realized that something was missing – all his favorite guitar players had named their go-to guitar, but his didn't have a name, even after winning Kenny Chesney's competition in 2008. He wanted to take his biggest fan, his grandmother, to his show opening for Kenny Chesney, but she had fallen and broken her hip, so she couldn't go.
She unfortunately passed away after her fall, and while she didn't get to see her precious grandson open for the superstar and go on to play large arenas, she did get to see him perform on a regular basis.
While rehearsing in a guitar shop in Michigan, the artist was still mourning the loss of his grandmother. He had his guitar laying on the bench while he was fixing something, and noticed a hot soldering iron sitting on the bench, too – on a whim, he picked up the soldering iron and wood burned the name of his grandmother “Arlene” into the top edge of his guitar, so he'd be able to look down and see her name anytime he's performing. Isn't that sweet?
Here's Frankie Ballard with “Helluva Life”:
Next up is one of my favorite duos – a husband and wife team, they met at a singing competition in Nashville and worked as solo artists before finally deciding to form a duo. Their first debut single was released in mid-2010, and they won the Academy of Country Music award for Top Vocal Duo in 2012.
This particular song was just released this summer as the second single from their latest album – they were so excited that they got to film the music video at Patsy Cline's house.
Here's Thompson Square with “Everything I Shouldn't Be Thinking About”:
Last, but definitely not least, I decided to wrap up this week's fun with a non-country artist (for my non-country peeps) and a hilarious video. This artist tends to be ‘out there' in her artistry, but that's one of the reasons I like her so much – she marches to the beat of her own drum just like Princess Nagger does. We would all be wise to do the same!
This song was released as the lead single from her upcoming album (the album will be released next month) and is a midtempo power pop song. Its lyrical content faces the themes of standing up for oneself. The music video drew inspiration from Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, and isn't a video that takes itself too seriously – in other words, it's fun.
Always unintentionally causing controversy, the artist was criticized by PETA for using exotic animals in the video, and there was also hype about her having plagiarized one of her artist friends' songs (though that was negated by the fact that this artist's song was written and produced before the other song came out).
Without further ado, here's Katy Perry with “Roar”:
I'm still trying to get back on track, and still trying to find time to get back in the groove with my blogging, especially the visiting all you awesome people part (which is sadly lacking at the moment) – having uninterrupted time at my computer seems to be a non-existent entity at this moment, so please bear with me as I attempt to snag time as it comes along. 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 our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, Cathy from Cathy Kennedy's Blog, and our Honorary Co-Conductor, Naila Moon at Just the Stuff Ya Know.
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?
Nice post I am not familiar with these except Katy Perry’s Roar it’s one of my faves and at No. #1 in the UK at the moment.
Have a roartastic week 🙂
Great country sound you got goin’ on this week for us to dance to. Frankie Ballard’s story on how he came to name his guitar is so bittersweet, but I am lovin’ it! Katy’s Roar video is new to me. I like this one better than the first I saw when her song broke. Anywho, so fabulous to have you back with the 4M crew again!
Oh Dustin Lynch..my girls favorite(16yr)..you know it. I just love Zac Brown. Ain’t he sweet? I really enjoyed all the rest. All great picks!
I’m slowly getting back to blogging and visiting blogs. It’s been difficult. Can we make a pack to give each other at least another month?
I like The Zac Brown Band, I haven’t heard anything since their first album though, I’m way overdue to give them a listen (which I’m about to do right now). 🙂
Girl you always find the best music for me to find and try.
Ok you made me a bit teary with the grandmother’s name in the Guitar! How sweet!!!
Stacy honey welcome back and I’m sorry I’m not here to welcome you back properly, you see I’m in Hinsdale Hospital for a number of reasons. One is periphera Neuropathy, another veinous insufficiency and cellulitis and they;re checking out a few other things not to mention I just had back surgery Aug 8th which by the way was a complete success. So was wondering if you could help me out just a tad and help our friend out . His response on my blog was this —
cool tune. I decided to put a Hammered Dulcimer tune up this week. it is sad that the grab the link is missing,or I would have grabbed it and added it to my blog as well. Oh well.and the linky tool system will not accept my log in info and password nor will it allow me to retrieve the that info,but I digress.
I don’t see anything wrong do you? I’m in Hinsdale Hospital and every chance I get I’ll be checking things if you have the time, If you need anything let me know, Congratulations in your new
I love rocking to your country. I always find new artists that I like over here 🙂
Take your time.
And I LOVE that roar song!
okay, is it just me, or do country singers keep getting cuter and cuter?
great selections. Katy Perry – ya gotta love her. so original and fun.