I’m a huge fan of podcasts and when I started listening to country music last February, one of the first things I did was search for some podcasts. Well some may have been a bit optimistic but I did at least find one that is kept updated regularly, that being Nashville’s New Country. It may well be the only one I could find, but it’s pretty much the best of the many podcasts I listen to every week. Host Steve Southward is a fantastic, with a ton of knowledge and a hugely welcoming and infectiously enthusiastic presenting style. It’s on this very show early last year that I first heard Dustin Lynch’s Cowboys and Angels. As this show introduces me to so many new songs and artists I thought I’d do a Best in Show post every week where I choose my favourite song from that show that week – pretty self explanatory really, but you never know! So here we go with the very first one…
To say it is hard picking just 1 song from this week’s show is a huge understatement. I adore Jana Kramer’s Whiskey, but because I featured that on my big Twitter post a few days ago I’m going to go with something else. I love Miranda Lambert’s Mama’s Broken Heart and especially the bass that takes the primary instrument role. I’ve only just recently got to know Love & Theft and their track Runnin’ Out Of Air which was played on last week’s show. Also new to me are Florida Georgia Line who are currently number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Songs with Cruise. However it’s their new song Get Your Shine On which was played on show #102 and is actually available as a free download here. Both the songs from these bands could easily get Best in Show this week…but they didn’t, not this time.
I really like Easton Corbin’s All Over The Road and I remember hearing his previous single Lovin’ You Is Fun on this very show last year. There are also great songs by Jake Owen, newcomer Joel Crouse and quite a few others, but Best in Show for #102 goes to Eric Church and his latest single Like Jesus Does.
Having only recently got his album Chief I’m on a bit of an Eric Church run at the moment and this song is great both lyrically and musically. I can identify with some of the song, maybe not to the extremes that he describes himself, and I also like the way he uses lyrics from American Pie and references Waylon Jennings and one of his songs. It was a really tough week to separate one from the other and maybe on a different day, in a different mood I’d choose one of the others, but right here and now Best in Show goes to Eric Church and Like Jesus Does.