Our 30 Days Of 2013 Ram 1500 rolls on today with a deeper dive into UConnect--specifically, all the different ways you can keep yourself entertained safely on the road. Between Bluetooth streaming and mobile audio apps, satellite radio, terrestrial AM/FM radio, a CD/DVD player, a USB port, and an SD card tucked into the bench seat armrest, we found seven different ways to bring our favorite music to the Ram 1500.
With so many options, we needed more music--and nothing says truck like country. We have our own tastes and playlists, but for an expert ear, we turned to Laurie Gregory, director of artist relations/associate producer at Music City Roots, Scenic City Roots, and Bluegrass Underground. It's a two-hour show that continues the tradition of live country-music radio shows from Nashville, airing Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., and the music curated by the producers runs the gamut, from the traditional to newer forms of country.
"As of today, anyway….," she says.
"There is no possible way to rank these in any sort of order. They are the best country songs to me for their own special reasons. They each stir up a memory, make me smile, make me want to learn every lyric and sing along as though I can carry a tune.
"This is by no means a definitive list: many will dispute it, pick it apart, and wonder how I could commit the crime of not listing a Johnny Cash or Patsy Cline song (Cash is there but with some other acquaintances; I just never was a big fan of Miss Cline). The beauty of music is that it affects each listener in their own personal way.
"Some songs may be obvious to a country music fan, some may seem obscure. Some may not seem like 'country' as we think we know it, but believe me, they are rooted in the very same dirt from which great country songs were grown.
"Maybe I need to re-listen to country music today because much of this is pretty old – no offense to my friends in the industry, but it has been a long time since I heard anything on country radio that knocked my socks off. I was asked for MY favorites, so here you go. To maintain some sense of fairness, they are simply listed alphabetically by artist.
1. That’s How I Got to Memphis Bobby Bare
2. Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell
3. What’d I Say Ray Charles
4. Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
5. Six Days on the Road Dave Dudley
6. Chiseled in Stone Vern Gosdin
7. There Goes My Everything Jack Greene
8. I’m a Lonesome Fugitive Merle Haggard
9. (Old Dogs, Children, &) Watermelon Wine Tom T. Hall
10. Gentle on My Mind John Hartford
11. He Stopped Loving Her Today George Jones
12. Fist City Loretta Lynn
13. Crazy Arms Ray Price
14. Amos Moses Jerry Reed
15. Once a Day Connie Smith
16. Amarillo by Morning George Strait
17. Blue Sky The Allman Brothers
18. The Weight The Band
19. Highwayman The Highwaymen (Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings)
20. Someone I Used to Know Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
21. Farewell Party Gene Watson
22. (It Wasn’t God Who Made) Honky Tonk Angels Kitty Wells
23. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
24. Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad Tammy Wynette
25. Hello Walls Faron Young
And since we're fans too, here are some of our favorites. I started out with a list of 20 or so, mostly those I remembered from the AM radio in my dad's Ford F100 pickup truck. Then I rifled through my own iTunes folder and drew out a dozen newer songs, mostly from the folk spectrum. Here's the eight from each side with the most in the "plays" column:One's On The Way Loretta Lynn
Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette
Jolene Dolly Parton
She's Got You Patsy Cline
Satin Sheets Jeanne Pruett
Behind Closed Doors Charlie Rich
If We Make It Through December Merle Haggard
Luckenbach, Texas Waylon Jennings
Quittin' Time Mary Chapin CarpenterYour Lies Shelby Lynne
Take Me For Longing Alison Krauss and Union StationExcuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Whiskeytown
Travelin' Prayer Dolly PartonRed Dirt Girl Emmylou Harris
Trail Of Broken Hearts k.d. lang
I May Hate Myself In The Morning Lee Ann Womack
Our 2013 Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4X4 has a busy schedule this month as we put it through towing, hauling, off-roading, and accessorizing, from Georgia to Arkansas and back. Stay tuned for more--follow our Ram 1500 run here, and as always, follow The Car Connection on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.