Best Country Albums Of 2018 – Sounds Like Nashville
2018 saw no shortage of amazing music from the Nashville community so SLN gathered our favorite country albums of the year.
Newcomers ruled 2018 with standout debut releases from Devin Dawson, Jordan Davis and Jimmie Allen. The year also brought the much anticipated comeback of Sugarlandand the Pistol Annies. While females struggled at country radio throughout 2018, they inarguably delivered some of the strongest projects of the year with both Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde receiving Best Country Album nominations by the Recording Academy. Whether you prefer traditional country music or are a fan of the genre embracing slick beats, pop influences and swagger, 2018 offered up a mixture of both.
Below are our favorite albums of 2018.
Kacey Musgraves; Album cover art
Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour
Kacey Musgraves released one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year with the striking Golden Hour. The singer penned all 13 of the project’s heartfelt tracks, which spans traditional country, pop influences and even disco flavors. Her vulnerabilities are showcased on powerful ballads like “Butterflies” and “Mother,” both of which highlight her ethereal vocals. Meanwhile, standout track “Space Cowboy” shows her prowess as a vivid lyricist and the feel-good “Velvet Elvis” demonstrates her fun side. With 13 tracks that span her influences, Musgraves more than delivered on Golden Hour. Fittingly, the project was nominated for two Grammy Awards in both the Best Country Album and all-genre Album of the Year categories.
Carrie Underwood; Photo Credit by Randee St. Nicholas
Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty
Carrie Underwood returned in 2018 with her most dynamic release yet. The country powerhouse co-produced her album for the first time with producer David Garcia, and the project blends country and pop elements for a truly memorable compilation. While the title track showcases Underwood’s unwavering ability at vocal gymnastics with belts that leave the listener’s jaw on the floor, other songs like the sultry “Backsliding” with forward-thinking production, demonstrate her penchant for trying something new. Pop-tinged tracks “Southbound” and “End Up with You” highlight Underwood’s crossover ability while the timely “Love Wins” and poignant “The Bullet” channel the country genre’s powerful songwriters. All the while Underwood continues to prove why she’s one of the industry’s most revered vocalists.
Kane Brown; Photo credit: Joseph Llanes
Kane Brown’s Experiment
Kane Brown made history with his sophomore album, Experiment, as the first male country artist in 24 years to have his second project debut atop the Billboard 200 in its opening week. The album includes many of the old-school instruments that country music is known for — the dobro, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and steel guitar — mixed in with a “new cool sound” according to Brown. Tracks like the traditional sounding “Short Skirt Weather” coupled with the sultry R&B and urban rhythms of “Weekend” exemplify this diversity. “Lose It,” the album’s lead single, has gone on to become the fastest rising single of Brown’s career and third-consecutive No. 1. As he continues to break down boundaries as a biracial artist in the industry, Brown also made one of the most enjoyable albums released in 2018.
Brothers Osborne; Cover art courtesy Universal Music Group Nashville
Brothers Osborne’s Port Saint Joe
On Port Saint Joe, Brothers Osborne prove why they’re the reigning ACM and CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Their standout musicianship and powerful lyrics make for a memorable record that continues to grow with each listen. Additionally, Port Saint Joe spans a broad spectrum of sounds and musical influences. While writing the country waltz “Tequila Again,” Brothers Osborne envisioned Willie Nelson cutting the tune for Red Headed Stranger. Meanwhile, “A Little Bit Trouble” evokes an old R&B and soul flavor, one of the many sounds they grew up listening to. Brothers Osborne are well known for bringing the guitar slinging to their rock-fueled tracks, but their sensitive side is also showcased on songs like the ode to lifetime love, “Pushing Up Daisies,” and powerful album closer “While You Still Can.”
Eric Church; Cover art courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media, LLC
Eric Church’s Desperate Man
Eric Church has a long history of bucking trends, and his sixth studio album Desperate Man is no different. The 11-track project finds the singer once again pushing boundaries as well as himself. The album reflects a man trying to find his place in society, and while at times he’s unsure of his footing, he remains solid in his conviction and in his roots. The rollicking and bluesy throwback “Hanging Around” highlights Church’s mesmerizing falsetto alongside hand-clapped rhythms and sultry piano accompaniment. While “Desperate Man” and the bluesy “Solid” showcase Church’s steadfast nature, it’s the heartbreaking “Jukebox and a Bar” and the reflective “Some of It” that illustrate his soft side. It’s this raw vulnerability coupled with stellar musicianship and the element of surprise that has Church on an entirely different playing field from his contemporaries.
Pistol Annies; Cover art courtesy of RCA Nashville
Pistol Annies’ Interstate Gospel
Pistol Annies’ superb harmonies are at the forefront of Interstate Gospel as is their candid storytelling. With a unique take on divorce (“Got My Name Changed Back”), heartbreak (“Masterpiece”) and marriage (“When I Was His Wife”), the acclaimed trio, made up of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, don’t hold anything back. Much of the album comes from real-life experiences the women have faced, but they’re not revealing to which singer. That, they leave up to their listeners to ponder. A powerful force, Pistol Annies prove that women have songs that need to be heard and stories that need to be told. While the genre seems to be leaning more and more towards pop production and hip-hop elements as of late, Pistol Annies stand firm in tradition with country instrumentation, witty songs and honest storytelling that makes the listener stop and think.
Ashley McBryde; Cover art courtesy Warner Music Nashville
Ashley McBryde’s Girl Going Nowhere
Ashley McBryde’s honest songwriting is highlighted throughout Girl Going Nowhere, and the singer puts the listener in the song on tracks like “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” and the unique love song, “American Scandal.” On “Andy (I Can’t Live Without You),” McBryde shows her vulnerabilities when penning a song for her best friend and guitar player. The standout moment, though, is the album’s title track, which has become an anthem for both the singer and country fans alike. Inspired by an algebra teacher who told the Arkansas native she should have a backup plan when she shared her dream of moving to Nashville to write songs, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” is a powerful and heartfelt ballad that has McBryde proving her naysayers wrong. And with a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album McBryde is getting the last laugh now.
Devin Dawson; Cover art courtesy Warner Music Nashville
Devin Dawson’s Dark Horse
Devin Dawson blends country, Motown and rock influences for a memorable debut album. The California native had a hand in writing each of the 12 tracks on Dark Horse, and whether he’s lamenting of the end of a relationship on “Secondhand Hurt” or singing of treating his lady right on the sultry “I Don’t Care Who Sees,” his unique blend of country songwriting and musical swagger impress. Standout song “Asking For a Friend” further showcases his talent as an adept songwriter. On closing track, “Dark Horse,” Dawson opens the curtain and shares who he is as a person. His unique storytelling partnered with Jay Joyce’s standout production give Dark Horse it’s appeal, which is surely just a taste of Dawson’s promising career.
Dierks Bentley; Cover art courtesy The Greenroom
Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain
Dierks Bentley returns to his roots for his ninth studio album, The Mountain. The singer wrote and recorded the project in Telluride, Colorado, after attending Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Throughout the album, Bentley’s appreciation for the genre and musical and lyrical authenticity shines through. The Mountain kicks off with the standout “Burning Man,” featuring Brothers Osborne, where Bentley sings of life’s struggles and triumphs. This introspection is heard throughout the majority of the project, particularly on the reflective “Living” and album closer “How I’m Going Out.” Never afraid to switch gears or push genre lines, Bentley proves a master at finding inspiration within his surroundings. As a result, his talent as a songwriter and distinct musical influences merge on The Mountain for a release that will serve as a timeless addition to his catalog.
Jordan Davis; Cover art courtesy MCA Nashville
Jordan Davis’ Home State
Jordan Davis proves his staying power on his superb debut album, Home State. The Shreveport, Louisiana, native worked with producer Paul DiGiovanni for the 12-song collection. All co-written by Davis, Home State blends slick production and thoughtful lyrics for a unique project. Standout ballads like “Slow Dance In a Parking Lot” and “Leaving New Orleans” emphasize his sentimental side, while “Take It From Me,” “More Than I Know” and debut single “Singles You Up” showcase his undeniable country swagger. A standout debut that highlights Davis’s ability as both a vocalist and a songwriter, Home State marries big sounds and production with the vulnerability of his lyrics for a truly enjoyable listen.
Keith Urban; Photo credit: Mark Seliger
Keith Urban’s Graffiti U
Keith Urban’s ninth studio album, Graffiti U, continues where his adventurous 2016 release Ripcord left off. While slick production and Urban’s familiar vocals are heard on each song, Graffiti U pushes the singer’s music into new territory. Though the guitar-driven songs display Urban’s undeniable talent, Graffiti U also showcases his innate ability at singing emotional ballads. His voice soars on songs like the poignant Ed Sheeran penned “Parallel Line,” which includes a sample of Coldplay’s “Everglow,” as well as “Same Heart,” where he sings of trying his best to move on at the end of a relationship. Urban excels at pushing genre lines and, despite a bevy of producers putting their fingerprints on Graffiti U, the beloved singer never strays from the guitar shredding and vocally captivating country artist that he is.
Sugarland; Cover Art Courtesy of Big Machine Records
Sugarland marked their return in 2018 with the triumphant Bigger, their first collection of new music in seven years. Well known for penning songs with a message, the duo’s Bigger is no different. On the 11-track album there are songs that touch upon the countless school shootings throughout the nation (“Tuesday’s Broken”), female empowerment and the #MeToo movement (“Bigger”) and an all-encompassing love (“Mother”). The duo penned 10 of the 11 songs with the exception of their current single, “Babe,” co-written by Taylor Swift and Train’s Pat Monahan. A versatile release, Sugarland’s powerful messages alongside forward-thinking production make Bigger an essential listen.
Cole Swindell; Cover art courtesy Schmidt Relations
Cole Swindell’s All of It
A versatile mix of heartfelt songs, party starters and arena anthems, Cole Swindell continues his upward climb within the genre on All of It. The infectious “Love You Too Late” kicks off the project and sounds like something Luke Bryan could have recorded. An arena-ready anthem with soaring guitar parts, heart-pounding beats and polished production, “Love You Too Late” has Swindell singing of a relationship that ended before he realized what his girl meant to him. While “Somebody’s Been Drinkin’” brings the feels, standout album closer “Dad’s Old Number” leaves the greatest mark. A poignant song, it’s the sequel to “You Should Be Here” and has Swindell confessing that he still calls his dad’s phone number in hopes that he’ll be on the other end. Throughout All of It, Swindell furthers his reach within the genre.
Ashley Monroe; Cover art courtesy Warner Music Nashville
Ashley Monroe ‘s Sparrow
Ashley Monroe’s descriptive songwriting is at the forefront of her latest release, Sparrow. Working with producer Dave Cobb, Monroe enlisted the help of a string orchestra which brings each song to life. The striking musicianship heard within opening track “Orphan” alongside Monroe’s haunting vocals make it an album standout. The introspective tune has the singer questioning how she can make it through the world alone. It’s this vulnerability that is heard on every track and continues to illustrate why Monroe is such a cherished songwriter within the Nashville community. Heartbreaking piano ballad “This Heaven” stuns while the sultry “Hands On You” leaves the listener mesmerized by Monroe’s ethereal vocals and the song’s steamy storyline. With a blend of traditional country and singer-songwriter appeal, Sparrow was one of 2018’s most treasured releases.
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Know What to Fight For
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:14
The poorest person in the world isn’t the one without money, but the one without a God-given vision. Vision requires faith—and focus. Unless you understand what’s worth fighting for, you risk: 1) Fighting the wrong battles. 2) Fighting at the wrong time. 3) Fighting when you shouldn’t be involved. 4) Fighting because you need to win in order to feel good about yourself. 5) Fighting even though the battle is already lost but your pride won’t let you accept it. The most important thing is: stay focused on the goal God has given you. John Mason says, ‘Destiny delayed is the devil’s delight.’ If Satan can’t defeat you outright, he’ll try to distract you with unimportant things, or disqualify you by getting you to make bad decisions. Either way, he wins and you lose. Just because something is good doesn’t mean it’s right for you. When your plate is full doing what God’s already given you to do, learn to say ‘no’ to everything else. Once you can do that, you free yourself from other people’s expectations and the need for their approval. Bear in mind also that ‘no’ doesn’t mean ‘never’; often it means ‘not now’. When you’re spread too thinly you become mediocre at everything and effective at nothing. When you try to fight on every front you wear yourself out and fail to win where it counts. Fighting a battle without spoils is like pouring water on a burning shack—unless somebody’s life is in danger it’s probably not worth it. So conserve your energy for when you have something really important at stake.
keep me focused and keep me from fighting the wrong battles.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Alan Jackson Makes Plans For 2019 Tour
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson announces more exciting tour dates
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson has announced a dozen new tour dates for 2019. Kicking off January 25 in Louisville, KY, the singer will trek across the United States through most of the year before wrapping his run on September 21 in Jacksonville, FL.
Joining Jackson out on the road will be rising country star William Michael Morgan, with Randy Houser filling in on select dates. In addition to Morgan and Houser, Jackson has invited several of the artists that play in his downtown Nashville honky tonk to perform at the shows. Giving aspiring singer/songwriters a moment in the spotlight is something Jackson has always strived to do, as he’s welcomed many of country’s now-biggest names out on their first major tours (Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Young, and more).
Tickets for most of his 2019 dates are already on sale, with more dates to be added soon. For more information about tickets, of the CID Entertainment VIP experiences, visit alanjackson.com.
Alan Jackson’s 2019 Tour Dates (Dates Already On Sale, Unless Otherwise Noted):
Friday, January 25 – Louisville, KY (KFC Yum! Center) – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, January 26 – Greenville, SC (Bon Secours Wellness Arena) – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, February 22 – Madison, WI (Alliant Energy Center) – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, February 23 – Grand Rapids, MI (Van Andel Arena) ** – with William Michael Morgan
Sunday, March 10 – Bossier City, LA (CenturyLink Center) ** – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, April 12 – Oklahoma City, OK (Chesapeake Energy Arena) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, April 13 – Omaha, NE (CHI Health Center) – with Randy Houser
Friday, April 26 – Fort Wayne, IN (War Memorial Coliseum) ** – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, May 10 – Columbus, OH (Schottenstein Center) ** – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, May 17 – Winston-Salem, NC (Veterans Mem. Coliseum) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, May 18 – Hershey, PA (Giant Center) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, August 9 – Rogers, AR (Walmart AMP) – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, August 10 – Wichita, KS (Intrust Bank Arena) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
Friday, August 23 – N. Charleston, SC (N. Charleston Coliseum) – with Randy Houser
Saturday, August 24 – Charlotte, NC (Spectrum Center) – with Randy Houser
Friday, September 20 – Orlando, FL (Amway Arena) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
Saturday, September 21 – Jacksonville, FL (Veterans Memorial Coliseum) ++ – with William Michael Morgan
** Tickets on sale Friday, December 14
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God Is At Work Within You – Part 2
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
The Bible says: ‘…It is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure…satisfaction and delight’. We have a tendency to allow a hundred-and-one different things to crowd God out of our lives, so He creates within us the desire to do His will. When you desire to read your Bible, it’s God urging you to do it. When you desire to pray, it’s God moving you to do it. When you desire to give, it’s God motivating you to do it. Jesus said: ‘…I am the Vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing…If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!’ (John 15:5, 7). Note the word ‘dwell’; it means to live in and take up residence. So as you live in close relationship with Christ, the desires conceived within you are desires He can fulfil. When you sense that God has put certain desires in your heart, it’s important to pray and ask for those things. If you’re not sure whether or not they’re from Him, pray: ‘Lord, I believe You’ve put this desire in my heart so I am asking You to fulfil it. But I can be happy without it, because I am happy with You. Now it’s up to You to do whatever You want. Amen.’
Have you reached that place in your relationship with God yet?
Sounds Like Nashville 188 Best Singles of 2018
While artists like Brett Young and Luke Combs enjoyed their fourth consecutive No. 1 singles in 2018, others including Jordan Davis and Abby Anderson released their debut singles to country radio. This year also marked the return of the Pistol Annies as well as several standout collaborations. Miranda Lambert joined Jason Aldean on “Drowns the Whiskey” while David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney collaborated on the feel-good “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” And we can’t forget the massive crossover hit and 50-week No. 1 “Meant to Be” with Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha.
Here are our favorite songs of 2018 (in alphabetical order):
Brett Young – “Mercy”
Brett Young’s emotional vocals on this stirring ballad evoke the pain a breakup often brings. His slowed singing style alongside delicate piano accompaniment struck a chord with listeners and it’s easy to see why. A standout song, “Mercy” is the last single off his debut album. A two-week No. 1 hit, the track also became Young’s fourth consecutive chart topper.
Carrie Underwood – “Cry Pretty”
Carrie Underwood made her triumphant return to radio earlier this year with the spellbinding single, “Cry Pretty.” The touching ballad has the singer in a vulnerable state as she explains that no one — not even her — can cry pretty. With notes that showcase her ability at vocal gymnastics, this is the best we’ve heard Underwood sound on a single to date.
Dan + Shay – “Tequila”
A song that had country fans and artists alike praising, Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” pulls on the heartstrings. “Tequila” has a man admitting that he can’t taste the spirit without thinking of a former lover. Soaring harmonies from Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney further impress and showcase the duo’s evident staying power. The song became such a smash that pop radio has embraced it, making it a multi-genre hit.
David Lee Murphy feat. Kenny Chesney – “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”
David Lee Murphy catapulted back onto country radio this year with the infectious “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The lighthearted tune, which features Kenny Chesney, asks the listener to take a deep breath and don’t hit the panic button. A sentiment we all need. Murphy’s first solo chart topper since 1995’s “Dust On the Bottle,” the song was also named Musical Event of the Year at the 2018 CMA Awards.
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – “Burning Man”
The second single off Dierks Bentley’s latest album, the standout “Burning Man” has the vocalist singing of life’s struggles and triumphs. With a thumping beat, white-hot guitar accompaniment (from John Osborne) and added vocals from Brothers Osborne, “Burning Man” promises to be a highlight in Bentley’s live show. Penned by Luke Dick and Bobby Pinson, Bentley makes the song uniquely his own with slowed vocals and striking musicianship.
Florida Georgia Line feat. Bebe Rexha – “Meant to Be”
Holding strong at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for an unprecedented 50 consecutive weeks, “Meant to Be” was a crossover smash for Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha. The infectious lyrics and hand-snapped beat made the track an immediate ear-worm and it’s relatable lyrics had us all singing, “If it’s meant to be it’ll be, it’ll be / Baby just let it be” all year long.
Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – “Drowns the Whiskey”
This heartbreaker has Jason Aldean lamenting of how he can’t seem to get over an ex no matter the amount of whiskey he consumes. “Whiskey’s supposed to drown the memory / I’ve gone from one to one too many,” Aldean croons. Miranda Lambert assists throughout the song and provides striking backing vocals that manages to enhance the hurt within the song’s lyrics. A standout duet, their collaboration went number one and is sure to become a modern classic.
Jordan Davis – “Singles You Up”
“Singles You Up” launched Jordan Davis onto the country music scene late last year and the debut single also became his first chart topper in April. The catchy track showcases Davis’ ability to combine vivid lyrics with slick beats for a memorable song, but don’t let this feel-good track fool you as there’s also plenty of depth on his album, Home State.
Kacey Musgraves – “Space Cowboy”
One of the best written songs released this year, Kacey Musgraves’ “Space Cowboy” paints the picture of a relationship that’s on the rocks. Instead of staying bitter, the country starlet urges her man to leave if he wants his space with colorful imagery. “Sunsets fade and love does too / Yeah, we had our day in the sun / When a horse wants to run ain’t no sense in closing the gate / So you can have your space, cowboy,” she sings on the chorus.
Kane Brown – “Heaven”
Kane Brown proved his staying power this year with his second No. 1 single. “Heaven.” The track showcased the singer’s more sentimental side as he sings of how he can’t imagine anywhere he’d rather be than laying next to his girl. While the song highlights his booming vocals and knack for clever songwriting, its success also helped Brown become the first artist to top Billboard’s five country charts simultaneously when it debuted at No. 1 on the publication’s Country Digital Songs chart.
Luke Bryan – “Most People Are Good”
Luke Bryan is well known for his party songs, and his sentimental ballads sometimes get overlooked. His three-week No. 1 hit “Most People Are Good” was a welcome addition to his catalog. The song sees Bryan singing of how he believes kids should stay kids as long as they can and the importance of working hard for what you want in life. “I believe you love who you love, ain’t nothin’ you should ever be ashamed of / I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks,” he sings on the uplifting chorus.
Luke Combs – “She Got the Best of Me”
Luke Combs garnered his fourth consecutive chart topper with this four-week No. 1 hit. A fan favorite, “She Got the Best of Me” has Combs singing of slowly getting over an ex with the help of an old trusty guitar. Written by Combs, Rob Snyder and Channing Wilson, “She Got the Best of Me” showcases the singer’s rich vocals alongside soaring guitar parts tailor-made for a singalong (and air guitar performance).
Maren Morris – “Rich”
This tongue-in-cheek track has Maren Morris singing about a man she can’t rely on. If she made money from all the lies he has told her over the years, she’d be rich with a “Benz in the driveway, yacht in the water.” It’s a unique take on a relationship that begs the listener to sing along with its infectious chorus. The final single from her debut album (which peaked at No. 2 on the charts), it also marked the end of Morris’s “Hero” era, as the singer noted on Twitter, saying, “Super bittersweet but who am I kidding? It’s way more sweet than bitter.”
Old Dominion – “Written In the Sand”
Old Dominion are well known for their songwriting chops and this is best evidenced on “Written In the Sand.” A No. 1 single penned by the band’s Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi with Shane McAnally, the song has a man trying to figure out where his relationship is headed. “Are we just a backseat, trying to get it while we can? / Are we names in a tattoo, or just a number on a hand? / Are we last-call kissing or will we be reminiscing with each other for the next 40 years? / Are we written in the stars, baby, or are we written in the sand?” they sing wistfully on the chorus.
Pistol Annies – “Got My Name Changed Back”
It has been a long five years since the Pistol Annies have released new music and “Got My Name Changed Back,” the lead single off their latest studio album, proved that some things are well worth the wait. The upbeat divorce party song has the three women singing triumphantly of a marriage gone awry alongside memorable guitar picking (and Miranda’s washboard playing). “Well I got me an ex that I adored / But he got along good with a couple road whores,” they sing. The ex-wife isn’t sad, though. In fact she and her girlfriends celebrate her newfound freedom together at the DMV. “Got My Name Changed Back” is the divorce song we didn’t know we needed.
Scotty McCreery – “Five More Minutes”
Scotty McCreery knew he had a hit on his hands with the nostalgic “Five More Minutes.” In fact, he bought back the publishing rights of the song after losing his first record deal and decided to release it independently. He was right. The heartfelt song struck a chord with listeners and became the singer’s first No. 1 hit earlier this year. “Out of every song that I was willing to bet my career on, ‘Five More Minutes’ was that,” McCreery told Sounds Like Nashville at his No. 1 party. “This one was special from the moment we wrote it.
Thomas Rhett – “Marry Me”
On this heartbreaking piano ballad, TR sings of a girl who has her whole wedding planned out. At first it seems like he’s the groom, but as the story develops there’s a twist. Rhett has said he wrote the song from the perspective of what would have happened if he never told his wife Lauren how he felt about her years ago. The heart-wrenching song leaves a lasting mark on the listener and urges them to think twice as to not wind up like the man in the story.
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Devotional: God Is At Work Within You
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
When Paul wrote to the Philippian believers, he told them God was at work in each of them. What an awesome truth! He wrote: ‘I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God’ (vv. 9-11).
You say, ‘That’s a tall order!’ Yes, and you’ll never accomplish it through willpower, good intentions or self-effort. You must seek God for direction, submit to Him in all things, and draw strength from Him. Trying to do for yourself what only God can do is like trying to pick yourself up by your own bootstraps; it doesn’t work. You must entrust to God the job of equipping you for the work He’s called you to do. Yes, you need to do your part, but don’t try to do God’s part! ‘…We all…beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory [degree by degree]…by the Spirit of the Lord’ (2 Corinthians 3:18). What is it that changes us? ‘The Spirit of the Lord.’ He takes the pressure off, and relieves us of the stress and anxiety we so often feel when we try to ‘change’ ourselves.
help me get out of the way of myself so that You can work in, with, and through me.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Luke Bryan Jason Aldean Sam Hunt to Headline Stagecoach 2019
Tickets to 2019 Stagecoach Festival on sale Friday Oct 19 at stagecoachfestival.com.
The 2019 Stagecoach Festival returns with a star-studded lineup from April 26-28, 2019. Returning to the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA the three-day festival will feature headliners Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. “I always get fired up when I see Stagecoach as one of my stops on tour. This crowd never lets me down,” shared Bryan, who will perform during night one, in a press release. Added Hunt, “Stagecoach is hands down one of the best country music festivals around. We’ve been looking forward to coming back for three years. Can’t wait!”
“Headlining Stagecoach always feels like a bucket list show for me,” shared Aldean, who closes out
the festival. “You can’t beat looking out at the sea of fans with that California backdrop.”
In addition to the superstar headliners will be special performances from Cole Swindell, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Cam, Lauren Alaina and many more (see the full lineup below).
The festival will also see the return of Guy’s Stagecoach Smokehouse, featuring some of the country’s best BBQ vendors and pit bosses. Stagecoach will also feature the SiriusXM Spotlight Stage, highlighting some of country music’s brightest new acts. Special artisans will call the festival home when Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace sets up camp on the festival groups.
Tickets to the 2019 Stagecoach Festival go on sale beginning Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. PST at stagecoachfestival.com.
3-Day General Admission $349
3-Day General Admission/Shuttle Combo $409
3-Day Corral Standing Pit $1,399
3-Day Corral C1 Reserved Seating $1,399
3-Day Corral C2 Reserved Seating $899
**Prices as of the October 19 sale
The STAGECOACH 2019 line up (in alphabetical order) is as follows:
Jessie James Decker
The Wild Feathers
“Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Christmas Time Inspiration For All In Need This Morning”
Let My comforts delight your soul.
The world presents you with a multitude of anxieties-too numerous for you to count
Everywhere you turn, you see problems and trouble. In the midst of this mess, look to Me for help. Whisper My Name, Jesus, thus reactivating your awareness of My Presence. Your perspective changes dramatically as My Presence comes onto the screen of your consciousness, lighting up your worldview. My comforts can soothe your troubled heart and delight your soul.
If the world were perfect, you would never experience the pleasure of receiving comfort from Me. Instead of letting problems discourage you, use them as reminders to seek Me-My Presence, My Peace, My Love. These invisible realities are available to you any time, any place, and they provide Joy that no one can take away from you. So come to Me when you are weary and burdened; I will provide rest for your soul.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. -Psalm 94:19 nkjv
Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you. -John 16:22 nkjv
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. -Matthew 11:28-29
Watch Reba McEntire set to Perform “Hard Candy Christmas”
In Sneak Peek of “CMA Country Christmas” TV Special
Reba McEntire returns for a second year as host of the ninth annual CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour music celebration that aired on ABC Dec. 10. CMA Country Christmas was taped on Sept. 27 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. In addition to Reba, this year’s lineup includes performances by Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling and The Isaacs.
“I’ve always cherished celebrating Christmas alongside family and friends, taking time to reflect on the season,” says Reba. “I’m so excited CMA invited me back to host their show and am looking forward to fun singing carols with my friends.” CMA Country Christmas aired on ABC Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. CT.
Watch Reba’s performance of “Hard Candy Christmas,” a song Dolly Parton made famous in 1982’s The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
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Taking Your Place in God’s Family
God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalms 68:6
Life in God’s family can be challenging. To enjoy and fulfil your role as a family member you must understand three things: 1) Your rights. When you trust Christ as your Savior you are a member of God’s redeemed family (John 3:3-6). That means you have the right to be accepted, loved, protected, respected, provided for, trained, equipped, and rewarded. Regardless of your past mistakes, God guarantees you these rights, so embrace and enjoy them. 2) The rules of the house. Without the rule of law, you end up with anarchy. And it’s the same in a family. Can you imagine what would happen if the kids ran the house? Well, God’s family isn’t a democracy. You don’t get to vote on the rules. God has established unchanging principles in His Word that guarantee His blessing. ‘If you are…obedient, you shall eat the good of the land’ (Isaiah 1:19). 3) Our responsibilities to one another. You’re called to accept, love and help your brothers and sisters even when they’re selfish, immature, critical and irresponsible. Remember that God’s family is still ‘under construction’, but it’s much better than any other alternative! You need to participate in regular family life and activities. Early church believers met together ‘daily’ (Acts 2:46); as a result they survived all Satan’s attempts to destroy them. So support the life and mission of your church family with your gifts, talent and time. Don’t just be a taker; ‘…God loves a cheerful giver’ (2 Corinthians 9:7).
thank You for the community of believers that You have made me a part of. Help me function as a good family member in the group.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen