Country Music France Top 30 Spotify playlist was created 6 months ago. It includes the blog’s current 30 favorite songs. Together with the albums, EP’s and song reviews, this playlist is an important way for this blog to share actual songs that belong to country music, red dirt, americana or southern rock genres. I just updated it for the fifth time, with 13 new songs, recently released. As it’s a Spotify playlist, conceived to be potentially shuffle played, there’s no particular order between the 30 songs. This playlist lives on Spotify, but if you don’t use this streaming service, you can check out the list below and find the songs you want to listen on your favorite streaming app.
Sunny Sweeney – “Poet’s Prayer“
Sunny Sweeney released one of the most beautiful country songs of this 2020. Co-written with Erin Enderlin and Buddy Owen, “Poet’s Prayer” is brilliant, real and traditional country music. As soon as Sunny Sweeney begins singing, you are carried away by her voice, by the lyrics and by such pure and beautiful music. “Poet’s Prayer” is the quintessence of country music.
Clay Hollis – “Here I Go Again”
“Here I Go Again“, co-written by Gabe Garcia and Bart Butler, is a fantastic song that I have on repeat since its release on May 8th. This catchy tune is a gem for all traditional country and Texas music lovers. I also strongly recommend you to listen to the excellent self-titled debut EP of this young and brilliant artist from San Antonio, Texas.
Kyle Nix – “Lightning on the Mountain“
The ex fiddler of Turnpike Troubadours will release his debut solo album, “Lightning o the Moutain and other short stories” on June 26th. “Lightning on the Mountain” is its debut solo song. With such an impressive red dirt song, we can’t wait to listen to the upcoming LP of the Oklahoma native fiddler and singer. Absolutely brilliant!
Chad Cooke Band – “Four Minutes“
Chad Cooke Band is actually one of the best bands that you can listen on the Texas music scene. They are brilliant, authentic, great performers and their music is absolutely amazing. They have released two albums since their debut LP, “Easy Way Home“, in 2016. “Four Minutes“, their actual single, is a gem. They are regularly playing some live streams on Facebook or Instagram and I strongly recommend you to watch them. You’ll love their performance!
Tessy Lou Williams – “Busy Counting Bridges“
The native Montana artist Tessy Lou Wiliams brilliantly plays traditional country music. “Busy Counting Bridges” is her new single, catchy and with great fiddle. I’m sure you’ll love it. You can also check out the beautiful “Why Do I Still Want You“, released in April.
Willie Nelson – “I’m the only my Mama Ever Raised“
Willie Nelson released for Mother’s Day a beautiful cover of Johnny Paycheck’s “I’m the only hell my Mama ever raised”, from his 1977 album “Slide off Your Satin Shets“. This song will be included in Willie Nelson’s upcoming album, “First Rose of Spring“, that will be released on July 3d.
Curtis Grimes – “Little Bit“
Co-written by Curtis Grimes and Ronny Vines, “Little Bit” is a beautiful song about the 2 and a half years old daughter of the Texan singer. It’s a gem, with great songwriting and amazing traditional country music. You can also check out its great music video (you have the link below).
Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings – “Ode to Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s song)“
Five years after “Hold My Beer Vol 1“, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen released, on May 8th, their album “Hold My Beer Vol 2“. Among its 12 excellent songs, there’s the amazing “Rodeo Clown”, that was previously on this playlist, and a gem: “Ode to Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s Song)“. It’s a fantastic tune written by Waylon Jennings, but never recorded, about the famous roadie Ben Dorcy, who worked for Willie Nelson and so many others artists and sadly passed away three years ago. You can listen to the voice of Waylon Jennings, thanks to the worktape of the song that had Ben Dorcy, and his son Shooter also sings with Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen.
Mo Pitney – “Right Now With You“
The talented singer from Illinois Mo Pitney released this year two songs, “Ain’t Lookin’ Back” and “Right Now With You“. As always, with Mo Pitney, it’s great and traditional country music, with excellent songwriting. “Right Now With You” is a beautiful song, co-written with Paul Overstreet and Wil Nance, with great pedal steel.
Dillon Carmichael – “Country Boy Lovin’“
One year and a half after his debut album, the excellent “Hell on an Angel“, that Country Music France ranked best debut album of 2018, and some months after his great EP “I do For You“, the artist from Kentucky Dillon Carmichael released a great brand new song. “Country Boy Lovin’” is a catchy song, co-written with Adam Craig and Thomas Archer. Listen to it, you’ll have it on repeat!
Emily Nenni – “If This Is Just A Game“
“If This Is Just A Game” is a brilliant cover of David Allan Coe’s song, from his 1978 album “Human Emotions“. It’s included in Emily Nenni’s brand new EP, “Long Game“, an amazing honky tonk record that I reviewed there: https://countrymusicfrance.fr/2020/04/15/ep-review-emily-nennis-long-game/
Emily Nenni, a Bay area native, released her excellent debut album, “Hell of a woman“, two years ago. “Long Game” is her second record.
Triston Marez – “Forgot About You“
Triston Marez is a brilliant Texan singer who released two beautiful EP’s last year, “That Was All Me” and “Until I Found You“, both reviewed on this blog. If you love traditional and real country music, you’ll enjoy all the songs of the Houston native singer. “Forgot About You” is a beautiful tune, excellently co-written by the artist with Andrew Scott Wills, with great pedal steel. Another song of Triston Marez to be listened on repeat!
Joshua Ray Walker – “True Love“
One year after his excellent debut album “Wish You Were Here“, Joshua Ray Walker just released a new song, “True Love“. It’s a catchy tune, that will be included in the Dallas native artist’s sophomore album, “Glad You Made It”, due to come out on July 10th, via State Fair Records. An awaited album!
Poet’s Prayer – Sunny Sweeney – Single
Me+ Mine (Lamentations) – American Aquarium – Lamentations
Here I Go Again – Clay Hollis – Single
Growing old with you – Robynn Shayne – Let’s get this show on the road
Lightning on the Mountain – Kyle Nix – Single
Only Money, Honey – Jesse Daniel & Jodi Lyford – Rollin’ On
Four Minutes – Chad Cooke Band – Single
Thinkin’ ‘Bout you all night – Reckless Kelly – Single
Busy Counting Bridges – Tessy Lou Williams – Single
I’m the only hell my Mama ever raised – Willie Nelson – Single
Losing My Mind – Lauren Mascitti – God made a Woman
Little Bit – Curtis Grimes – Single
Ode to Ben Dorcy (Lovey’s song) – Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings and Shooter Jennings – Hold My Beer Vol 2
Right Now with you – Mo Pitney – Single
Heartbreak on the jukebox – Steven James – Single
Country Boy Lovin’ – Dillon Carmichael – Single
If This Is Just A Game – Emily Nenni – Long Game (EP)
Forgot About You – Triston Marez – Single
Neon Cross – Jaime Wyatt – Single
True Love – Joshua Ray Walker – Single
Old Men – Corb Lund – Single
First Thing I Reach For – Ashley McBryde – Single
I’ve Got You Covered – Porter Union – Loved & Lost
Fast Lane – Cody Jinks – Single
Zooted – Ragland – More Like A Melody
Let me hold you tonight – Deryl Dodd – Single
Don’t leave her lonely – George Ducas – Yellow Rose Motel
A few years ago – Daryl Mosley – Single
Honky Tonk Hell – Gabe Lee – Single
What If It Was So Easy – Tyller Gummersall – Heartbreak College