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Take Note; More Timeless Country Classics of the 1980's & 90's

Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.


What A Voice

Daryle Singletary...what a big, powerful voice he had!
Such a gifted artist and he, like so many others, was taken from this earth and from us, much, much too soon.

Between the lyrics of the Daryle Singletary song which I’ve selected, some of the best ever written, in my opinion, and the ache in Daryle's amazing voice, your heart aches in turn, for the man in the song.

That’s the power of a great song!

This man has lost the love of his life and although life goes on, it goes on without him, he stops living, long before his death!

This type of song is what makes Country music; in particular, the Country music ballad, timeless and so very special.

There's another song by Daryle that I love about as much, it's a close race.

It was also released as a single by Johnny Paycheck and I must share it as well.

These songs pull at your heartstrings and you may not always personally relate to the lyrics, to the message, but you know, many do.

You probably know someone who has been through it, has had their heart broken or, has been the heart breaker, and they live with their own demons.

'The Note', by Daryle Singletary.

'Old Violin', by Johnny Paycheck (performed by Daryle Singletary)

Next up, a tall drink of water with a signature ponytail, cowboy hat and a deep baritone voice, that we just cannot get enough of!

A voice so perfectly suited for the man...and the Country music ballad, Trace Adkins!

Trace has had many hit songs, he is still making plenty of good music, but I like his early stuff best and this is one of his best!

'Every Light in the House', by Trace Adkins:

The Note

Old Violin

Every Light In The House

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Fine Wine


Part IV and no mention of Randy Travis yet?

I know!

I’m sorry.

That ends today!

Such a distinctive voice; when a Randy Travis song comes on the radio, you just know, because no one else sounds like Randy Travis.

Yes, I have seen him in concert too, it was early on in his career.

I have been very fortunate to be able to attend quite a few concerts, seeing many artists and groups, from all genres of music, over the years!

I have great memories of so many of them and sadly, many are no longer with us or are no longer performing.

Randy Travis has been through the wringer with many health issues and personal problems, he is not making music these days, but there is talk of a comeback, where his many hit songs would be showcased, not sure how involved he will be, however.

'Whisper My Name', by Randy Travis.

I have included a Clay Walker song already, but just heard this one on the radio this morning and had to work it in, it belongs in the fine wine category.

‘This Woman And This Man’, by Clay Walker

Deana Carter didn’t have a huge number of songs, which would go on to become hits for her, but no matter, she had one huge hit that made up for that.

One, which all of us can definitely relate to...I am not judging, nor making presumptions, just sayin’...

'Strawberry Wine', by Deana Carter.

Whisper My Name

This Woman And This Man

Strawberry Wine

Like Butter....

Hal Ketchum, another great voice, responsible for some great music in the 1990’s.

I had actually forgotten about this particular song that I’ve settled on, to share.
I love it and I am so happy that I came across it again, quite by accident.

Such beautiful lyrics and his voice is like rich, so smooth.
One of the best in the business!

'Stay Forever', by Hal Ketchum

One of my favorite female artists...easily in my Top Three, is Sara Evans.

One of the most entertaining concerts ever attended, included Sara Evans, Reba McEntire and Martina McBride.

These three ladies sang the roof off of that place, I am here to testify!

I have chosen a beautiful song from the Sara Evans’ hit department and she is backed up by Vince Gill himself, not too shabby!

'No Place That Far',
by Sara Evans.

Saving one of the best for last; though far from least...Mr. Garth Brooks!

He was the man, the artist, the face, the voice, beginning in the late 80's and carrying through into the 90’s. Settling on just one of his many songs, from that time frame, was a tough task, there are so many great ones, including ballads, to choose from.
The song chosen; the feel, the mood, his is just more of that smooth butter and just seems to be the ideal song to play and to say, that’s a wrap folks!

'To Make you Feel My Love', Garth Brooks

Stay Forever

No Place That Far

To Make You Feel My Love

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on November 24, 2020:

Sadly, I have just learned that one of the Artists I've featured, Hal Ketchum, has passed away. Thank you sir for sharing your gift with us!

I imagine heaven has front porches, where instruments are played and beautiful voices join in, creating a truly heavenly...sound!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 05, 2020:

Perfect time of LIFE for that. :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 05, 2020:

Perfect time of year for that.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 05, 2020:

Maybe? I am thinking...a patriotic theme.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 04, 2020:

That's the nature of series; they must come to an end eventually. Happy to engage with you in support of both you and country music. Will there be a next decade? ;) LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 04, 2020:

I think I am done with this Series. If...(I mean when ;)) I think of other songs/artists missed, I'll revise to fit them in, where ever they may fit best. :)

Thanks for being so supportive Shannon, I am glad that we share a love for Country music.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 01, 2020:

Fair enough! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 01, 2020:

Hey, I never said it's a bad song or that you have bad taste in music ;) We both like country and 90s country! That's good enough for me to say we have common taste in music, at least for the most part.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 01, 2020:

I heard it on our local radio station a couple of days ago and wrote this article around that song...but not all of us have the same taste in music, for sure.

Thanks for commenting.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 01, 2020:

He has a sound you can't hear in anyone else, but I wouldn't label that song as one of my favorites by him now that I've listened to the video. I guess I had heard it before and just didn't remember it. Must not have been a favorite then either. LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 01, 2020:

I think we all need a break from the madness right now!

Oh, 'The Note', does it get any better than that one?

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 01, 2020:

I see you had a little musical therapy! I should join in on that. I've been trying to finish reading the current book I'm reading for at least a month. Usually, I can finish one within days if I'm really into it, even when I'm busy. I guess that says a lot about my depth of interest in this book. LOL....I want to know how it ends, but I'm must not that into the storyline, I guess. Music, though....that always does the trick.

I was such a huge Sara Evans fan! The song you mentioned above is one of my favorites. I'm listening to it right now. Vince Gill's background vocals are perfect for this song.

You know, I don't think I've ever heard that particular Daryle Singletary song before. I remember him for "I Let Her Lie."

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 01, 2020:

For Sanity's Sake!

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