1. Shotgun Willie – Willie Nelson 1973

Well, you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothin’ to say. You can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothin’ to say. You can’t play music if you don’t know nothin’ to play. Lyrics like that are why I love Willie Nelson. This is my favorite Willie record.

2. Border Affair – Tex Ritter 1963

TEX RITTER sings famous and favorite songs of Old Mexico… this has gotta be good, right? Day brightener, man. I’m not finding any of these on YouTube, but here he is singing a very good song about whiskey. (Where the kisses are hers, and hers, and his… his son was John, see that resemblance?)

3. Here’s Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline 1965

This song makes me slow shake my head.

4. When I Dream – Crystal Gayle 1978

This song rocks so hard. Jen Hughes knows what I’m talkin’ about. I saw Crystal Gayle at the O’Shaughnessy on my birthday a couple years ago, and guess what – it was fuckin’ weird. Turns out it was a pro-life(ish) benefit, and attended by a lot of priests and nuns. Weird!

5. Night Life – Ray Price 1963

Ray Price will totally kick Blake Shelton’s ass.

6. Yellow Moon – Don Williams 1983

I want to say Don Williams still plays this song live – only because I seem to remember sitting amidst an audience that on average bests me in age by at least thirty years. Well, don’t you let them tell you, It’s not for you/Don’t go growin’ old, before you’re due./Stay young keep your wheels in motion/You’ve got everything that you need/Stay young with your rock n’ rollin’/All the best things in life are free. My favorite song at the album though is the other big hit from the album, “Love Is on a Roll,” which was co-written by John Prine.