Sometimes, you just need the musical equivalent of comfort food. Today it’s Yahoo! Launchcast’s 1980s Country channel, which is banging out one great song after another, and I don’t even know a good half of ’em. To wit, the first ten offered up:
Emmylou Harris, “Beneath Still Waters”
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, “Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper’s Dream)”
Kathy Mattea, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”
Highway 101, “Somewhere Tonight”
Earl Thomas Conley, “Fire and Smoke”
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris (The Trio), “To Know Him Is to Love Him”
Steve Wariner, “Some Fools Never Learn”
John Anderson, “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be A Diamond Some Day)”
Lee Greenwood, “Somebody’s Gonna Love You”*
Larry Gatlin, “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You)”
No big pop crossovers, no artists well-known outside of country (save for the ladies of the Trio), just good mainstream ’80s country. I love this stuff.
*Admittedly, this one kinda sucks.