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Right Where I Need to Be; Moving Right Along With Country Music Ballads 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.


Right Where I Need To Be

Come Swoon and Sway With Me...

'Once in a Blue Moon' and 'The Song Remembers When', have brought me to the here and now and right to where I need to be, with Gary Allan.

If there is a more underrated Country music artist out there, I am not sure who that would be.

He has had hit after hit, he has an amazing voice, a look which exudes confidence and coolness...and I dig his music, but rarely, do I hear his music on Country radio and that's unfortunate for all of us.

While some artists are promoted and featured and overplayed; other artists, such as Gary Allan, are rarely played.

Maybe there's more to the story; they get an outlaw reputation, don't quite fit in, don't want to "fit in"?

Whatever the reason(s) are behind this aspect of the music business, in general, he is among the best.

Although, this particular song I've selected, picks up tempo as it progresses, it still has the feel of a ballad to me.

What do you think?

I's a good one!

'Right Where I Need to Be', by Gary Allan.


Also, duets and groups/bands have been mentioned, but I've yet to include any of their music and there's plenty to choose from!

My favorite duo of all time is Brooks & Dunn. More about them below.

Two of my favorite groups are Shenandoah and Lonestar.

Both groups can harmonize with the best of them and both had exceptional lead singers.
The lead singer of Shenandoah, Marty Raybon and the lead singer of Lonestar, Richie McDonald, in time, both left their groups for solo careers.

Another difficult task, but I've managed to narrow it down to just one song each...for now:

'She Used To Be Mine', by Brooks & Dunn

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'Ghost in this House', by Shenandoah.

'Amazed', by Lonestar.

She Used To Be Mine

Ghost In This House


Moon Songs

I mentioned that Brooks & Dunn are my all time favorite duo. Lead singer, Ronnie Dunn, is one of the best in the business!

I love their sound and had the great pleasure of seeing them in concert, in Las Vegas a few years back.

They have two songs that top my list. One of them didn't come out until the 2000's, 'I Believe' (I'll not include today, but take a listen, if you haven't heard it before)

The other, in my top two, did come out in the 1990's and it is still played on radio to this day, because it is such a good song, 'Neon Moon'.

What is it with the moon songs?

  • I am over the moon for them
  • I swoon for the moon songs

There are so many and whether they are from over a half a century, ago, a couple decades ago or a little more modern day, I just love them all.

Speaking of moon songs, two songs by Shenandoah ended up in a my mind and the song, not shared earlier, is not leaving my mind, so I must include it as well.

I believe that I've mentioned Clay Walker before now, I hope so, he is another great crooner, no doubt and he too, had a big hit, with a moon song...

'Neon Moon', by Brooks & Dunn

'Moon Over Georgia', by Shenandoah

'Hypnotize the Moon', by Clay Walker.

Neon Moon

Moon Over Georgia

Hypnotize The Moon

In a Category of Their Own

Although, the mother and daughter duet, The Judds, had some great songs, the majority throughout the 80's and while I did enjoy their music, I didn't fall in love with their music like so many others did.

Enter in the 1990's, Wynonna Judd, on her own. She released a couple of songs that I did fall in love with.

'To Be Loved by You' and 'Is it Over Yet'.

She has some pipes and these two really showcase that fact, goose bump songs for sure.

'To Be Loved by You', by Wynonna Judd.

'Is it Over Yet', by Wynonna Judd.

While we are talking about "pipes", I'd be remiss not to mention Reba McEntire, she is still as relevant today, as she was during this time frame we are covering.

I’ve also had the good fortune of seeing her perform twice, both times in Vegas. She puts on a heck of show!

She too can belt out a ballad, with the best of them and no one else sounds anything like Reba! I, personally, like her early stuff the best.

'Rumor Has It', by Reba McEntire.

To Be Loved By You

Is it Over Yet

Rumor Has It

That's Another Wrap with 'That's Another Song'

I failed to mention Restless Heart earlier in the groups section. They were cranking out some great music during this time frame.

I intend to share more of that great music on down the road, but for now...

'When She Cries', by Restless Heart.

What better song to end on...or, possibly, to lead to more articles on one of my favorite subjects, than this gem by Bryan White.

Bryan had some great songs in the 1990's, his smooth, soulful vocals provided some of the best ballads for our enjoyment and since I am all about the ballad, it is high time that I include him in this little stroll, until next time:

'That's Another Song', by Bryan White.

When She Cries

That's Another Song

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© 2020 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2020:

Kids really do say the darndest they say! :)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 23, 2020:

LOL. My aunt told her daughter that she once asked my grandma how old she was when Ben Franklin flew his kite.

The latest thing my kids said to me was, "You had computers in elementary school???"

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2020:

Now that's funny!

My Mom told me that when I was in elementary school I lied to my Teacher about my Mom's age because I was embarrassed that she had turned 30.

I don't remember any such thing. I plead the fifth! LOL!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 23, 2020:

Close enough. I thought that song was released in the 90s.

Oh, and if you really want to feel antique, my younger cousin's daughter recently asked her if she was alive when the Titanic sank.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2020:

I always crank up the Classic Country channel when doing my Saturday housework and ‘Two Dozen Roses’ by Shenandoah just came on. Another great song, but it was released in 1989.

Maybe I should have included the late 80’s as well?!?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2020:

I am actually calling me, antique! ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 23, 2020:

Are you calling me old? LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2020:

Good morning Flourish,

It does take us right back.

Time passes so quickly, these are 20 to 30 year old songs already. Hard to believe!

Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 22, 2020:

I loved Reba, Restless Heart and Shenandoah although I’m not a fan of The Judds at all. This takes us right back.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 22, 2020:

Funny that you should mention that song by Reba, I almost included it.

I am so glad that you can unwind to this, I enjoy searching out songs and putting it all together, it's therapeutic and helps me to tune out politics for awhile.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 22, 2020:

More good ones! An excellent way to start winding down my evening....maybe. Who am I kidding? We haven't even had dinner yet.

I forgot about "Moon Over Georgia" and I don't know how I managed that! "Hypnotize the Moon" is one of my favorite Clay Walker songs.

Of course, back when, "Amazed" was the swoon-worthy song of my generation.

Putting Reba in a category by herself made me think of "She Thinks His Name Was John" because it was a somewhat controversial song at the time with some upset that she dared to sing about AIDS. But I guess that wasn't her first time singing about touchy issues. Was "Bobby" ever a single? If so, I can't find it on any discography lists. It was about the man who killed his wife to stop her from suffering more, assisted suicide I guess, or maybe some kind of justifiable homicide.

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