For country music fans in Kentucky, 2011 brought many great country music songs, as well as a few that we wish were never released. From heartache to love, from good times to bad, here are a few of the top country music song picks for 2011:
Staying’s Worse Than Leaving by Sunny Sweeney: Right off the bat, Sunny Sweeney made herself a household name with “From a Table Away.” Her second single, “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” left a mark of those who were contemplating on leaving a relationship or getting a divorce. Pure country lyrics that were honest and straight from the heart provide longevity in Sweeney’s career.
Two Hearts Down by the Black Lillies: Based out of Knoxville, TN, this rustic ballad was catchy to our ears. The haunting video adds to the feeling of the song about a lover hunting down and killing the one he loves and her new love.
You and Tequilla by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter: There is something beautiful about this song with its lyrics intertwined with the vocals of Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter. Filled with elegance of a blissful time, it made a mark on the country music charts and recognition from fans and critics.
Country Girl by Luke Bryan: You could not turn the radio dial without this catchy tune. It was a proven hit song for Luke Bryan, which one could easily replace girl with Country Squirrel, for an added twist.
Outlaw You by Shooter Jennings: Not being afraid to say what is on his mind, Shooter Jennings wrote and performed “Outlaw You.” The video was shot by Kentucky native, Blake Judd, down the infamous Music Row in Nashville. The song pointed out what was being played on the radio and called out the fact that some labels were basically factories producing cookie cutter country singers.
Coming Around by Josh Thompson: Josh Thompson has had a reputation of writing and singing solid country honky tonk tunes. With his latest release, Thompson has the twang sound of Merle Haggard with a touch of Chris Knight.
There were many other noteworthy songs of 2011. Here are a few more picks of the year:
- We Own the Night by Lady Antebellum
- Who Are You When I’m Not Looking by Blake Shelton
- Kick It in the Sticks by Brantley Gilbert
- Hell on Heels by Pistol Annies
- If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away by Justin Moore
- Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not by Thompson Square
- Homeboy by Eric Church
- Raymond by Brett Eldredge
- Red Solo Cup by Toby Keith
Two of the most popular songwriters of the last two years have been Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson, both of Georgia. Stay tune to 2012 of many more hit songs of these two gentlemen, as well as many others cranking out the hits from Nashville.
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