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
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.