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10 Awesome Country Covers: Tom Petty Edition

It’s a well documented and quoted fact that the late Tom Petty had some issues with modern country music – but there is no denying the love that modern country artists have for him and the impact he made on them. If you need proof, have a listen to this list of Tom Petty country covers.

Solo stars, groups, men, women, legends and upstarts are all here. Every one of them inspired by the songs that Petty wrote, sang, and gave to the world.

There are more out there, with varying video quality, and some songs, like Free Fallin’, just have too many versions to fall in love with.

If you know of a country cover of a Tom Petty song that you think we should hear, please leave a comment with a link.

And if you have a favourite from this list, let us know which it is.

Rest in peace Mr. Petty. Thank you for the music.

George Strait – You Wreck Me

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

Charles Kelley – Southern Accents

Chris Stapleton – You Don’t Know How It Feels

Sugarland – American Girl

Marty Stuart – Runnin’ Down A Dream

Dierks Bentley & Mat Kearney – Learning To Fly

The Wailin’ Jennys – Wildflowers

Johnny Cash – I Won’t Back Down

Linda Ronstadt – The Waiting

You Look Good World Tour: Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini & Brett Young in Toronto

On a Summer Thursday night at the Budweiser Stage, Lady Antebellum made their triumphant return to Toronto, nearly 2 years exactly from their last trip on the Wheels Up Tour.

In 2015 we saw the trio come to town with Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes. In 2017 they brought Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young on the You Look Good World Tour. Both were great choices, and all three acts had the Toronto crowd singing, dancing, and owning the night.

Related: Lady Antebellum and the Wheels Up Tour Land in Toronto

If you haven’t had the chance to see Lady A on stage. Find one and do it. As soon as you can.

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First on the Budweiser Stage, sitting on his first #1 hit, and coming all the way from still underrated country landscape of California, was the incredibly talented and handsome Brett Young. Seriously, this dude has the entire package – his voice is rich and textured live, giving life to the songs that we’ve heard on the radio and his self-titled debut album.

Young understood his job on the You Look Good World Tour, he was great with the crowd, engaging and acting humble and kind. He worked the stage, and did all that he could with his four song set. Having listened to the album on more than one occasion, we would have been happy to hear twice as many songs… and we have the feeling that the next time we see Brett Young live on stage in Toronto, he’ll have a whole lot more time to add to Close Enough, You Ain’t Here To Kiss Me, In Case You Didn’t Know, and Sleep Without You.

Get ready for more from this tall California country singer, he’s here to stay.

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The middle slot in the night’s show belonged to another up and coming country star with hits to share. Kelsea Ballerini hit #1 with her first three singles at country radio, showing that she’s a force to be reckoned with. And on Thursday night, the Tennessee native showed Toronto what she’s working with in her first ever Canadian set.

Note: We’ve seen Ballerini live in Canada before, catching her on the 2016 Canadian Country Music Association green carpet and stage where she performed Peter Pan.

CCMA Awards 2016 Kelsea Ballerini Green Carpet

Ballerini brought the songs that her fans already know and love to the stage, and sprinkled in brand new tracks that we haven’t heard yet, that she says will be on her second album, scheduled to come out before the end of 2017.

Tracks like Dibs, Love Me Like You Mean It, and Yeah Boy had lips moving and hips shaking. And it was especially awesome to see all of the dudes singing along to the 23 year old hit maker’s songs. And those new songs, including Unapologetically and I Hate Love Songs, they’re good. You’re going to like them.

Kelsea also jammed her brand new single (that has a brand new video, click here), Legends and we’re willing to bet that it won’t be long before it finds a spot near the top of the charts too.

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Last, loudest, and ready to party, Lady Antebellum took the stage to headline their You Look Good World Tour’s Toronto landing!

Having seen Hillary, Charles, and Dave on this stage before, we felt like we knew what we were in for. But, when you’re dealing with artists as talented as these three (and their amazing seven-piece band, including horns), there are still moments that WOW you, and make you fall in love with live music all over again.

American Honey, live in Toronto!

Note: Let’s stick with the talent for a second… there is no overstating just how good these three performers are. Fans know the solo work of Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, who both killed it with albums in 2016, but don’t sleep on Dave Haywood. Playing guitar, mando, piano, singing on every track, he’s top notch talent too.

Related: The Driver: Charles Kelley Album Review

On Thursday night the Toronto fans got to hear the hits in a 19 song set list that included covers of Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, and Beyonce, #1 singles I Run To You, Need You Now, American Honey, Our Kind Of Love, Just A Kiss, We Owned The Night, and fan favourites that had everyone standing, dancing, singing, and loving every minute of the show.

With songs from their latest release, Heart Break, joining the previous hits, the Lady Antebellum set list has become even more robust, and added the newness and freshness that keeps country fans coming back to see them on every tour, with enthusiasm and love.

As always, Lady A played with the crowd perfectly, leading sing alongs, showing love and appreciation for the support they’ve received over the last 10+ years, and playing their hearts out.

Without fear of talking out of turn, we feel confident in telling you that the amphitheatre crowd would have been glad to hear another 10 songs in the set, no matter how much later that would have taken us into Thursday night.

Like we said in the open, if you haven’t seen Lady Antebellum live, do it. Find a way, find a show, and be there to experience it all, live and full of love.

Lady Antebellum, You Look Good World Tour Set List

Our Kind Of Love
This City
Dancin’ Away With My Heart
Heart Break
Compass / We Owned The Night
American Honey
I Run To You
Good Time To Be Alive
Thy Will / Hello World
You’re Still The One (S. Twain)
Just A Kiss
You Look Good
Lookin’ For A Good Time
Something Like That (T. McGraw) w/ Brett young
Crazy In Love (Beyonce) w/ Kelsea Ballerini
Love Don’t Live Here Anymore
In The Air Tonight / Bartender
Need You Now

Also, Shania was in the house… how freaking cool is that?!

Still thinking @ShaniaTwain stopping by the #youlookgoodworldtour last night was all a dream… 💞 -hills

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Who wants to go Downtown with @lady antebellum?! #toronto #countrymusic #livemusic #youlookgoodworldtour

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10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 4

Three times before we’ve shared a list of country covers of songs from the world of pop and rock… and now we’re back with a fourth list to share with y’all.

This list has some of our favourite artists on it, singing some awesome songs. And if you haven’t heard them yet, you owe it to yourself to listen.

AND, if you don’t consider yourself to be a fan of country music because of the way it sounds, let this be an introduction for you!

Listen to the tracks, enjoy, and leave a comment telling us which country cover you like best.

10 More Awesome Country Covers

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 2

10 More Awesome Country Covers: Part 3

Dylan Scott: Love Yourself

Dolly Parton: Shine

Tebey ft. Emerson Drive: Wake Me Up

Lennon and Maisy: Ho Hey

The Washboard Union & Meghan Patrick: Seven Bridges Road

Jessica Mitchell: Chandalier

Charles Kelley: Set Fire To The Rain

Chris Stapleton: Nothing Compares To You

Sturgill Simpson: In Bloom

Jennifer Nettles: Glory Days

1 year ago

Joshua’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2016!

With 2016 quickly drawing to a close (really, it’s coming faster than I thought) it’s time to start looking back at the year that was.

So, here we are today with the 10 albums that I’ve found myself listening to the most in 2016. Some were released this year and caught my ear instantly. Some were released in 2015 and carried over into this year.

And one was released almost 40 years ago, but still holds up as well as you could ever imagine.

I don’t have these albums ranked by anything other than them being on the list. I don’t have spin or stream numbers, no stats at all, but I can tell what tracks have been played the most, and a little more.

canadian-flag-emojiArkells: Morning Report (2016)

Most played track: A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

We were lucky to hear much of Morning Report live at WayHome before the album came out. And that early (and awesome exposure) had me hooked. Being able to pop these songs on to play in sequence or on shuffle is a treat, with great hooks, fun beats, and memories attached to one of the most fun live sets of the year.


canadian-flag-emojiMeghan Patrick: Grace & Grit (2016)

Most played track: I Won’t Drink

We’d been waiting for Meghan to release this album for more than 2 years… and I was not disappointed. From top to bottom Grace & Grit delivers. If you want upbeat party and dance country, it’s there with Bow Chicka Wow Wow and Grace & Grit. And if you want slowed down, hit you in the heart tracks you’ll find Still Loving You and Thanks To You. If you still haven’t listened to this album yet, it’s time.

Meghan Patrick Grace and Grit Album Art

canadian-flag-emojiThe Bros. Landreth: Let It Lie (Deluxe) (2015)

Most played track: I Am The Fool

You might not know this album – but maybe you do since it’s the 2015 Juno winner for Roots Traditional Album of the Year. The instrumental and lyrical work on the album have drawn me in on many occasions since I first started listening. Put it on when you’re in a mellow mood and let it ride. Trust me.


american-flag-emojiCharles Kelley: The Driver (2016)

Most played track: Leaving Nashville

I was looking forward to this album… and to say that I wasn’t disappointed would be one of the biggest understatements of the year. The only complaint is that there are only 9 tracks on the album. The Driver was a smash hit, but Leaving Nashville is the one that I have played the most. Take a listen and let the story hit you. Then listen to the rest of the record.

Charles Kelley The Driver Album Cover

american-flag-emojiCam: Untamed (2015)

Most played track: Village

Untamed dropped in December 2015 to all kinds of critical and fan praise… and it has stayed hot for an entire year. And while it’s nearly impossible to pick one song to connect to more than any other, Village stands out for me. It’s the one that made me cry at Boots & Hearts 2016, and it’s the one that I could listen to and think on over and over again. If you still only know Cam’s radio hits, you owe it to yourself to listen to Untamed.

Cam Untamed Album Cover

american-flag-emojiFleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)

Most played track: The Chain

I told you one of these albums was nearly 40 years old! Fleetwood Mac made magic when they made this album. And in 2016 I listened to it on vinyl, on CD, and have it downloaded to my phone via Spotify. Track to track it holds up and is an example of music standing the test of time. Listen to the musicianship, the lyrics, the harmonies, all of it… and enjoy!


canadian-flag-emojiAutumn Hill: Anchor (2015)

Most played track: Mixtape

I love this duo. In fact, if there’s a list of artists I’d like to see live far more often, Autumn Hill is on it. And if they wanted to play this album from front to back, in order or on shuffle, I’d be totally okay with that. I’d also be able to sing along to every track. But the upbeat, nostalgic nature of Mixtape sits at the top of my rotation.


american-flag-emojiRyan Adams: 1989 (2015)

Most played track: Stay

Yes, I love T.Swift’s 1989, I’ve listened and loved it since it came out. But the longer these songs exist in the universe, the more I find myself listening to Adams play and sing them. They are as much reinterpretations as they are covers, and Stay has become a different song in the hands of the indie hero.

Ryan Adams 1989 Cover Art

canadian-flag-emojiBrett Kissel: Pick Me Up (2015)

Most played track: Pick Me Up

Dear Brett, keep this sh*t up. Kissel has been on fire, and the release of this record has been a big part of that. The Albertan hit the nail on the head with tracks like Airwaves and Cool With That… and his duet with Carolyn Dawn Johnson on I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair will live on as one of the most impactful songs in a long time. But Pick Me Up has been played more than any other in my ears. That’s just they way it goes.


american-flag-emojiMaren Morris: Hero (2016)

Most played track: My Church

If you’ve listened to this album you know why I’ve listened to it so much. Maren Morris is at the beginning of what could be a very long, loud career. And to listen to her sing songs like Sugar and I Could Use A Love Song right beside 80s Mercedes and Rich is a privilege as a country music fan. But, for me, since the day it was released, My Church has been a jam and I’ve listened to it more than any of the other 10 tracks.


1 year ago

The Driver: Charles Kelley Album Review

On Friday, February 5 one of the most anticipated debut solo albums of 2016 in Country music was finally released to the public… and it isn’t disappointing us one single bit.

Charles Kelley (aka The Tall Guy From Lady Antebellum) has had fans eagerly awaiting the release of this full length record since The Driver first hit radio and streaming sites in late September 2015, and with that wait finally over, we need to talk about this record.

The 9 song album, The Driver, is a fulfilling listen from top to bottom. With the title single already a favourite for many fans, there are other gems to be discovered as you make your way from Your Love to Leaving Nashville. It’s especially awesome to hear the voices of Stevie Nicks and Miranda Lambert as they team up with a dude who knows how to make a hit song work with a strong female voice, as evidenced by all of the success that Lady A has enjoyed over the years.

Note: The Driver (featuring Eric Pasley and Dierks Bentley) has been nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Charles Kelley, The Driver Track List

Charles Kelley The Driver Album Cover1. Your Love
2. The Driver ft. Eric Pasley and Dierks Bentley
3. Dancing Around It
4. Southern Accents ft. Stevie Nicks
5. Lonely Girl
6. The Only One Who Gets Me
7. Round In Circles
8. I Wish You Were Here ft. Miranda Lambert
9. Leaving Nashville

If you’ve had your ear to the ground (or your eyes on YouTube) in the lead up to this release you may have already seen videos for Leaving Nashville and Lonely Girl. High five to Kelley and the CMT team for the great job that they did with the 1 Mic 1 Take series that they put together (The Only One Who Gets Me, Lonely Girl, The Driver, and a “wow” cover of Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball) and shared on Kelley’s new YouTube channel. It’s been a great bit of exposure, and we’ve always been a big fan of acoustic cuts, so we’ve got absolutely nothing to complain about there.

As an album, The Driver features a mix of uptempo and slowed down songs that Charles navigates with ease. And listening to him sing all of them feels natural and easy, partly because we’re already used to the sound of his voice, and partly because he did a great job picking songs that were right for him, instead of rushing out a solo record… without naming names I think we can all look back and find our own examples of that backfiring on members of successful bands.

Charles Kelley 2016As a sucker for a slow song, I do have to say that Leaving Nashville is one of my favourite cuts on the album. It’s a story song, a true country track, and it will break your damn heart if you let it.

If there’s one complaint we can make about this record it’s that we wanted 11 or 12 tracks, and 9 kind of leaves us wanting. And while that usually wouldn’t be a big deal because another record could hit us in 18 months or so, Kelley will reunite with Lady Antebellum at some point in the not too distant future, which means it could be a lot longer than a year and a half before we get another solo release.

In the end we can safely say, as we did off the top, that we aren’t disappointed with The Driver. Charles Kelley took a chance when he decided to work outside of the comfort and success of ACM, CMA, and Grammy Award winning Lady Antebellum, and it has paid off quickly.

If you haven’t yet, we highly recommend giving it a listen and making it yours on iTunes.

Watch a couple videos to whet your whistle and then get on it!

Charles Kelley – Leaving Nashville (1 Mic 1 Take)

Charles Kelley – Wrecking Ball (1 Mic 1 Take)

2 years ago

Boots & Hearts 2016 Preview: Dierks Bentley Top 5

Dierks Bentley is coming back to Boots & Hearts to take his rightful place as headliner on the main stage!

Dierks Bentley Boots and Hearts 2013 ReachBack in 2013 Mr. Bentley played the set-up role for Miranda Lambert’s turn in the spotlight, and he stole the whole damn show. Seriously, Dierks was hands down the scene stealer of the entire weekend, and 3 years later he’s coming back to do it all over again.

Here’s the thing though, when you’re the headliner you don’t steal the show, everyone expects that you’re going to blow the doors off the place… and we don’t have any doubt that he’ll do exactly that when the sun goes down over Burl’s Creek, he takes the stage, and kicks of the shows with one of his many, many crowd favourites.

Those favourites are why we’re writing here today, and honestly, it hasn’t been easy. Sure it’s easy to write about how great of a singer, songwriter, and performer Dierks Bentley is. But it sure as hell wasn’t easy to pick just 5 songs for this post.

But, that’s what we’re here to do, so we started with a short list of about 17 and then 12 and then 7 and finally got down to these 5 singles and videos from one of Nashville’s biggest hockey fans and brightest stars.

If we didn’t pick your favourite Dierks Bentley song, please leave a comment to tell us!

Dierks Bentley Top 5!

What Was I Thinking

I Hold On

Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do

Say You Do

Settle For A Slow Down

Bonus: The Driver (Charles Kelley ft. Eric Pasley & Dierks Bentley)

Dierks Bentley Boots and Hearts 2013 Stage

2 years ago
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