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Live Blogging Country Radio, Part V

Okay, unnamed local radio station. You have 30 minutes to impress me. Let’s go.

  • 11:43 AM: Turning on the radio.
  • 11:43 AM: “Anything Goes” by Randy Houser is starting.
  • 11:44 AM: This is a great song, which means it can only go downhill from here.
  • 11:45 AM: He needs to record more stuff like this. Not such a fan of all the rocking stuff on his album. Country soul is where it’s at… for him, at least.
  • 11:45 AM: Although that kid in the “Boots On” video is adorable.
  • 11:46 AM: This lady won tickets to a basketball game.
  • 11:47 AM: Which is neat if you like basketball, I guess.
  • 11:47 AM: “Kiss a Girl” by Keith Urban.
  • 11:48 AM: I’m pretty sure Keith Urban could find some obliging fans if he’s serious about this wanting to kiss a girl stuff. Not sure how Nicole would feel about it, though.
  • 11:50 AM: Spirited performance, but that’s its sole redeeming quality.
  • 11:50 AM: Na na na nas are usually ill-advised.
  • 11:51 AM: Commercial time.
  • 11:52 AM: Digital phone service ad.
  • 11:52 AM: Ad for a casino buffet.
  • 11:53 AM: “Eat all you want. It’s the American way!”
  • 11:53 AM: That and stomach stapling, yeah.
  • 11:53 AM: Ad for Napa Valley vacations.
  • 11:54 AM: Chipotle ad. Chipotle is delicious.
  • 11:55 AM: I’m not sure why this lady is singing about Chipotle, however.
  • 11:55 AM: I’ve never been inspired to sing about it.
  • 11:55 AM: Car repair shop ad.
  • 11:56 AM: Is it time for music yet?
  • 11:56 AM: Nope. Ad for getting you to adopt foster children.
  • 11:57 AM: Kissing girls indiscriminately -> other stuff -> unwanted pregnancies -> orphans
  • 11:57 AM: It’s a direct lineage, Urban. How irresponsible.
  • 11:58 AM: “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” by Alan Jackson
  • 11:58 AM: Pretty ironic considering all the music it’s surrounded by.
  • 11:59 AM: I like the steel on this song.
  • 12:00 PM: Everybody sing it now…
  • 12:00 PM: “Don’t rock the jukebox/I wanna hear George Jones…”
  • 12:01 PM: “I’ll Just Hold On” by Blake Shelton
  • 12:01 PM: It seems they’ve mixed their playlist up since last time I did one of these blogs. Some different stuff popping up. Not a whole lot better, but different.
  • 12:02 PM: This song’s about as interesting as watching Chuck Wicks’ spray tan dry.
  • 12:03 PM: Blake Shelton sings great, but doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself in terms of material a lot of the time.
  • 12:04 PM: And it doesn’t bode well that he thinks his latest album represents him better than anything else he has recorded. Because it’s pretty boring.
  • 12:04 PM: About ten more minutes.
  • 12:05 PM: “Always the Love Songs” by Eli Young Band
  • 12:06 PM: I guess this song must be doing well considering that I can’t turn the radio on without hearing it.
  • 12:06 PM: Finally heard their whole album recently and it was surprisingly okay.
  • 12:07 PM: Love songs don’t often do much for me.
  • 12:07 PM: I’m more of the “Always the Cheating Songs” persuasion.
  • 12:08 PM: I wonder if that makes me a pessimist.
  • 12:09 PM: DJs are talking.
  • 12:09 PM: Of course, his name is Johnny O.
  • 12:09 PM: Because you can’t just have a normal person name in radio.
  • 12:09 PM: “Mountain Music” by Alabama
  • 12:10 PM: I’ve never really been able to get into Alabama.
  • 12:10 PM: Nice to hear them on the radio every so often but have never felt the need to dig deeper.
  • 12:12 PM: Plus Randy Owen scowls a lot as he gets older. It’s unbecoming.
  • 12:12 PM: I do like the breakdown at the end of this song, though.
  • 12:12 PM: I think we have time for one more song.
  • 12:13 PM: And it’s “It Happens” by Sugarland.
  • 12:13 PM: Which is something of a cop-out, because we all know she really means… **it.
  • 12:14 PM: Okay, time’s up. Sorry I’m not staying around to hear the rest, Sugarland.
  • 12:14 PM: Until next time…
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  1. Not a bad half hour, considering. I dig old Alabama. Even some of the poppy stuff. About 1991 they went off the tracks though. Has anyone else noticed how similar the opening music of that Blake Shelton song is to Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away?” Seriously.

  2. Yeah, I don’t think that’s anywhere near as bad as some of your previous entries (The Lost Trailers and Rascal Flatts back to back is probably enough to drive a man to insanity). Outside of Sugarland and Keith Urban, I don’t think the current songs played are all that bad, and at least there were two decent classic(by classic, I mean 80s -90s) tracks in the Alabama and Alan Jackson songs. That could’ve been much, much worse.

  3. I think you guys are right: this was probably the strongest half hour yet. I’ll get you next time, Country Radio!

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