A Playlist by C.M. Wilcox’s Mom

Rather than make yet another Mother’s Day list of mama songs, I figured it would be cool to spotlight the impeccable music taste of my mama by publishing a list of some of her favorite songs. To give you a sense of the trusting relationship we share, her first response on hearing that I wanted a list of some of her favorites was “You’re going to make fun of me, aren’t you?!”

Well, no. And if you make fun of her, that’ll be grounds for dismissal from the site because, come on, it’s Mom. Actually, there isn’t much to make fun of here anyway – Mom’s a Waylon and Willie fan from way back, and I’ve turned her onto a lot of the newer stuff as I’ve discovered it over the years. Which isn’t to say that she’s taken to all of it – Mom finds Darius Rucker’s voice annoying and is unconscionably indifferent to most bluegrass, for example.

I asked for 20 songs or so to fill a CD, but she got pretty serious about browsing through the collection for favorites and ended up with 40. So, here’s her playlist. Thanks for humoring me, Mom!

Billy Joe Shaver – I Been to Georgia on a Fast Train
Brooks and Dunn – Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Brooks and Dunn – We’ll Burn That Bridge
Brooks and Dunn – Whiskey Under The Bridge
Chris Young – Drinkin’ Me Lonely
David Allan Coe – The Ride (She discovered this through Tim McGraw’s version on TV.)
Dwight Yoakam – Fast As You
Dwight Yoakam – Guitars, Cadillacs
Gary Allan – As the Crow Flies (“Love, love, love Gary Allan’s voice.”)
Gary Allan – It Would Be You
George Strait – Cowboys Like Us (She likes songs about cowboys.)
George Strait – I Just Want to Dance With You (“This song makes me feel happy whenever I hear it.”)
George Strait – She’ll Leave You With a Smile
Josh Turner – Why Don’t We Just Dance
Keith Whitley – Don’t Close Your Eyes
Keith Whitley – Hard Livin’
Kenny Chesney – That’s Why I’m Here
Mark Chesnutt – Beer, Bait and Ammo
Mark Chesnutt – Somebody Save The Honky Tonks
Merle Haggard – I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink
Miranda Lambert and Buddy Jewell – Today I Started Loving You Again (“Miranda’s never sounded better.”)
Paul Overstreet – It Takes a Whole Lotta Liquor To Like Her
Randy Travis – It’s Just a Matter of Time
Randy Travis – Point of Light
Sawyer Brown – Some Girls Do
Sawyer Brown – Step That Step
Sawyer Brown – The Boys and Me
The Notorious Cherry Bombs – Let It Roll, Let It Ride
Todd Snider – Alright Guy
Todd Snider – Enjoy Yourself
Todd Snider – Just In Case
Tracy Lawrence – Sawdust On Her Halo (“What’s that Tracy Lawrence song about the sawdust?”)
Tracy Lawrence – Texas Tornado
Tracy Lawrence – Used To The Pain
Vern Gosdin – This Ain’t My First Rodeo (She likes it when he goes high on certain words.)
Vern Gosdin – Who You Gonna Blame It On This Time
Waylon Jennings – I’ve Always Been Crazy
Waylon Jennings – Lonesome, On’ry and Mean
Willie Nelson – My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
Willie Nelson – Stardust (She used to wear this out on vinyl.)

BONUS: BEST CHRISTMAS SONG EVER: George Strait – Christmas Cookies

Not bad, huh? Happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. says

    You should be proud of your mom! I’d be afraid to ask my mom to put a list together…though she does love Johnny Cash and Patsy cline.:)

    I love that she has “Let It Roll, Let Ride.” I thought I might have been the only one to love that song. I also love her irreverent selections, such as Todd Snider.:)

  2. Michael says

    Dude, your mom is cool! I’ll have to look up the Lambert/Jewell and McGraw covers mentioned in this post. My favorite in the batch is Dwight’s “Fast as You”.

  3. says

    The Lambert/Jewell cover is pretty great. It was on that first Buddy album they put out after he won Nashville Star (the same season she placed third).

    I think the McGraw cover was an add-on at the end of (one version of?) his “Real Good Man” video.

    Thanks for the kind remarks, everyone. Mom’ll get a kick out of them if she stops by… which she probably will, since I think she’s secretly enjoying the idea that she’s now a minor internet celebrity.

    • Steve Harvey says

      after he won Nashville Star (the same season she placed third).
      Oh my, how the tables have turned…

  4. Paul W Dennis says

    It’s obvious that your mother is still fairly young (40-45) since none of her selections go back further than about 1975 . If that’s true, then it’s a pretty good list. If she’s older than that, then she overlooked a lot of superior material

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