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The Song Remembers When on Our Stroll Through the 1980's & 90's, My Favorite Era of the Country Music Ballad

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


Strolling right along...

In our little stroll down memory lane, the fabulous ballads and love songs of the mid to late 1980's and the 1990's, we left off with Tricia Yearwood's, 'The Song Remembers When'.

After 'Once in a Blue Moon' was published; I revised it, added to it, shared additional music in the comments section, because there are just so many great songs from that decade!

Because there are so many and for your listening pleasure...let me introduce you to Part Two.

First up, Alan Jackson and I know that I sound like a broken record, but he too has had so many hits and to narrow it down and settle on one, is quite the, lucky for you, I didn’t!

Settling on two; one that is just pure straight up Alan Jackson and the other was first recorded by Hank Williams Jr. and then Alan Jackson took a stab at it.

Already one of my all time favorite songs and then...Alan Jackson, took it to whole other level!

Be still my heart!

‘I’ll Try‘, by Alan Jackson

'Blues Man', by Alan Jackson

I’ll Try

Blues Man

Love Gone Wrong

Can't go much further in this journey without including Sammy Kershaw.

Love him!

He has had a very successful career, with a smorgasbord of great songs.

Sticking with the love songs, the song I have chosen is dark and heavy; love gone wrong and things go downhill from there.

While most of us, wouldn't take it nearly this far, I think we can understand what hurt and despair can sometimes do to a person and where that it can sometimes lead.....

No worries, I'll follow-up with something more merry and bright (no not a Christmas tune, just brighter and merrier) kind of like watching 'I love Lucy' to get a scary movie out of you head!

'Matches', by Sammy Kershaw.

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Merry, Bright and Sappy

Okay...that was dark, lay off the sauce buddy...but, love the song and Sammy's unique voice.

As promised though, something less heavy, with a happier ending, after all of that dramatic criminal behavior, a sappy love song is just what the Doctor ordered!

Ah, the sappy love song, got to love it!

John Michael Montgomery, had a big hit with the very busy, very fast 'Auction song', which makes my head spin, whenever I hear it.

Being the sucker for a ballad that I am, much prefer when he slows it down; way, way down, to slow dance speed!

Yes that's how I choose to roll in this stroll.....

'I Love the Way you Love Me', by John Michael Montgomery

I Love the Way You Love Me

Love These Ladies

I did include Patty Loveless in Part I, but Patty Loveless is my favorite female Country music singer and so...I must share more of her music.

I do love the twist on this song; you get caught up in one side of the story and then...bam, you are hit with the other side of the story.

'You Don't Even Know Who I Am', by Patty Loveless.

Look no further than Country music when you want or need to hear a good story!

All of the artists that I am highlighting, are the best storytellers of all.

Another female artist that I enjoy listening to and, boy oh boy, can she ever tell a story, is Lorrie Morgan.

Although she has had an illustrious career with many hits and although it was difficult to settle on just one, I am going with one of my all time favorites:

'Something in Red', by Lorrie Morgan.

You Don't Even Know Who I Am

Something in Red

Winding Down...

Four Country music artists turning out the hits in the 90's and beyond, not mentioned as of yet, have put out some great music and are all among my favorites; Clay Walker, Doug Stone, Travis Tritt and Mark Chestnutt.

'Where do I Fit in the Picture', by Clay Walker.

'I Thought it Was You', by Doug Stone

'Help me Hold on', by Travis Tritt

'Too Cold at Home', by Mark Chestnutt

They all have a way of tugging at your heartstrings. You just want to give them a big Mama Bear hug and make it all better.

Well...maybe that's just me.

Where do I Fit in the Picture

I Thought It Was You

Help me Hold on

Too Cold at Home

Old Country

Good friends, a smoky bar, sawdust and a good ole concert starring Mark Chestnutt ....does it get any better than that? (that's me on the left...only in pictures ;))

Good friends, a smoky bar, sawdust and a good ole concert starring Mark Chestnutt ....does it get any better than that? (that's me on the left...only in pictures ;))

That's a Wrap

Once again, I am ending this thinking about certain songs I should have included.

Considering revisions and adds and why didn't I include him or her...or them!

I haven't even shared any music of the duets or groups from this great era and they were definitely around, putting out some great music too.

There will definitely be more -

I hope that you have enjoyed the music selections thus far and that some of your favorites, have been covered.

If not, I will be coming back around.

See you soon!

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 May 04, 2020:

Wow...and I just thought two dudes got together and sang a song. ;)

Thanks for sharing Shannon. interesting!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 03, 2020:

"Pick Her Up"........

"Dierks Bentley’s faux Nineties country group Hot Country Knights dispense some advice on how to make a winning first impression in their new song 'Pick Her Up' . . .The group’s first official release since signing with Universal’s Nashville wing, “Pick Her Up” also features vocal contributions from actual Nineties country star Travis Tritt."

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 03, 2020:

He is good!

I've seen a lot concerts over the years, but I haven't had a chance to see him perform in person.

Just heard a new song the other day, Travis and someone (maybe Dierks Bentley??) also, I never heard the name of the song (lol... not sharing much info. on this am I?)

Anyways, It was good to hear him on the radio again, with some new music.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 03, 2020:

These songs really take me back! Travis Tritt was my favorite. I have seen him several times through the years, including once last year and he still has it. “Help me hold on.”

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 03, 2020:

Thanks Paula!

You always make me smile!

Suzie from Carson City on May 03, 2020:

First of all......I'm not one to refer to "enthusiasm" as ranting........& it's quite obvious you're a HAPPY person! Besides, Gramma's who dress up for Halloween are the BEST!! LOL

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 03, 2020:

LOL yes we are! What would you like to know? ;)

Thank you Paula and yes, I was very happy because, 1) I was at a Mark Chestnutt concert 2) I was leaving for Aruba the next morning 3) I am typically a happy person, don't let my politcal rants fool you.

Suzie from Carson City on May 03, 2020:

This thread looks like "The Angie-Shannon Country Music Show!" You ladies wouldn't by any chance be enormous Country Music fans, would you? My goodness! Well, I know the best source if I ever have a question about an artist or a song, that's for sure.

Angie, what a pretty picture of you, with your friend, at Mark Chestnut's concert. How Happy you look!! Did you get his autograph?

Keep singin & kickin!.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 02, 2020:

Love it!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 02, 2020:

Collin Raye still sings, but he does more Christian music now than mainstream country......and I mention that because YouTube was playing random songs and has figured out lately some of my favorite artists, I guess.

I literally just heard this song. It says it's from 2000, but this is the first time I've heard it. I'm nearly in tears!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 02, 2020:

Some good songs you've mentioned.

Good question, so many artists fade fast and some choose to make some money and run.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 02, 2020:

As far as ballads go (as opposed to others):

Collin Raye: "Love, Me", "Little Rock", "One Boy, One Girl", "Not That Different", "I Can Still Feel You", "I Think About You", "In This Life"

Bryan White: "Rebecca Lynn", "Not Supposed to Love You", "Someone Else's Star", "Tree of Hearts" (My niece's first name is Rebecca)

James Bonamy: "I Don't Think I Will", "All I Do Is Love Her" (Funny you mention where he is from because I read that the church he's not singing at is in TX where a friend of mine grew up.)

What happened to Wade Hayes?

Or Mark Wills...I actually talked to him on the phone several years ago for an interview.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 02, 2020:

Funny that you should mention James Bonamy Shannon. I almost included him. He was born and raised right here in Central Florida, in Winter Park, FL. (more tidbits :))

I remember Bryan White, but can't remember any of his songs off the top of my head.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 02, 2020:

What about Bryan White? I don't think he stayed in popularity long, but I once told him my sister named her daughter after one of his songs and he responded to me. I hardly ever use Twitter, so that was a neat exchange for me. She had a crush on James Bonamy, too. He's a worship leader at a church now.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 02, 2020:

I am trying to remember some of his big hits, guess I am not a big Colin Raye fan.

Isn't the saying...Music is in the ear of the beholder? ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 01, 2020:

It's not among his most memorable. LOL. I just remember it because I listened to the album that it was on over and over again when I was in high school.

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

I don't think I have ever heard that song before. If so, it didn't stick. lol

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 01, 2020:

When did neon lights turn into moon glow?....Collin Raye "On the Verge"......Came on the radio and made me think of your comment.


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

Good morning Shannon! Thank you, so glad that you enjoyed this.

There are so many good 'Moon' songs! lol

Yes, Patty Loveless, I could do an entire article on just her.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 30, 2020:

Perfect way to end my night, Angie! Lot's of excellent choices here. Some random thoughts of mine:

Cute picture of you and your friend!

When I was in high school, my favorite Clay Walker song was "Hypnotize the Moon."

I think poor Mr. Montgomery also suffered from cancer several years back. I'm still missing Montgomery Gentry as a duo, by the way.

Patty did you choose from among hers?

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