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May 10

Happy Mother’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to Mom as we slide into Mother’s Day.

It’s probably not the definitive list – you could argue that others, such as Merle Haggard’s “Mama’s Hungry Eyes” – belong here, but it’s good enough to give you a full-bodied picture of your mom, my mom, somebody’s mom.

In no particular order, here are 20 country songs – and one bonus title – for moms everywhere:

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“Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood (2010) – A rolling music bed and Carrie’s own romantic storyline with hockey player Mike Fisher form the backdrop for a song that shows a mother just what a great job she’s done. She parented a daughter who picks the right kind of partner.

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“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” Glen Campbell with Steve Wariner (1987) – “There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas.” Well, there’s not, but there is this nifty little duet built around the psychologies of birth, breast feeding and teaching life lessons.

“Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me,” Diamond Rio (1991) – In many families, Mom is the one who provides the strongest moral compass. In this case, she gets a phone call from her adult son, looking for advice from his best-loved guidance counselor.

“So Much Like My Dad,” George Strait (1992) – “Mom, can we talk?” George is as good at anyone at delivering a song that’s essentially a conversation set to music. In this case, it’s a mother/son chat as he tries to figure out exactly why his own household is falling apart.

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“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968) – Perhaps the hardest part of the job for mothers: You can do everything right, and the kid insists on messing up anyway. In this mostly autobiographical account, the adult Merle takes responsibility for ignoring Flossie Haggard’s wisdom and ending up in prison by age 21. Continue Reading

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Jul 30

Merle Haggard Offers Lindsay Lohan Advice

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No one is making more headlines for a jail term in July 2010 than Lindsay Lohan, who will likely be released next week following a 13-day stay, acccording to The Los Angeles Times.

Lindsay’s getting about 250 pieces of mail a day, though she can only keep 10 letters at a time under jail rules. Which is a lot more mail than some guy named Merle Haggard got when he was incarcerated.

A longtime member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Merle was famously thrown into San Quentin Prison when he was 19 — that line in his classic “Mama Tried” that says “I turned 21 in prison” is absolutely true. Watching Lindsay’s story from a distance, Merle is concerned about the actress’ future. His stay behind bars sobered Merle up a bit about life. He’s hopeful that it does the same for her.

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Jun 11

Chris Young Has a Tin “Man” No. 1 Party

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Chris Young photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

When Chris Young spent multiple weeks at No. 1 with “The Man I Want To Be,” he had the perfect reason to throw a party.

Even better, he found the perfect time, celebrating the feat with songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols at the Tin Roof in Nashville on Thursday, the first day of wall-to-wall concerts during the CMA Music Festival. Chris made the most of it. Not only did he perform a few of his own songs for the party, hosted by RCA and BMI, but he also brought up classic-country singer Gene Watson for a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.”

“The Man I Want To Be” repeated the success of Chris’ previous release, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which also topped all the other singles on the national chart. The long-term significance of that accomplishment is not lost on him.

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Dec 29

Top Stories of ’09: Garth Brooks Comes Out Of Retirement

Garth Brooks is all smiles as he announces his new one-man show at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nev. during a press conference on October 15, 2009. Photo courtesy of garthbrooks.com.

Garth Brooks is all smiles as he announces his new one-man show at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nev. during a press conference on October 15, 2009. Photo courtesy of garthbrooks.com.

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As early as 1992, just three years into his skyrocketing career, Garth Brooks began publicly mulling retirement from the music business. The subject continued to come up frequently, though few believed anyone that successful could walk away from it all.

Garth did, in fact, go into hibernation following the release of an album in 2001, but many observers figured he would find a way to return to the spotlight. Periodically, he would emerge to promote a new compilation project or to do a charity gig, but he finally went back to performing regularly in December when he kicked off a scaled-down concert format in a surprisingly loose deal with Wynn Las Vegas. Garth essentially delivers a one-man show for 15 weekends annually over a five-year period, at which time he’s likely to begin touring once again. If either Garth or casino owner Steve Wynn is disenchanted with the arrangement, either is able to back out.

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Dec 14

Garth Brooks Goes Back to Work

Garth Brooks is all smiles as he announces his new one-man show at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nev. during a press conference on October 15, 2009. Photo courtesy of garthbrooks.com.

Garth Brooks is all smiles as he announces his new one-man show at the Wynn in Las Vegas, Nev. during a press conference on October 15, 2009. Photo courtesy of garthbrooks.com.

It was supposed to be the end of Garth Brooks’ self-imposed retirement from live performing. And it was.

But now his five-year deal with Wynn Las Vegas is being hailed as a new way of doing business in America’s gambling capital.

Vegas is known for its glitz and over-the-top productions. That’s not what the audience got over the weekend. Garth showed up Friday in a hoodie and jeans, according to USA Today, kicking the show off with a cover of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and spending much of his two hours on stage by taking requests. Working without a band, he logged many of his own hits, including “Friends In Low Places,” “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)” and “The Dance.” As he often does in his solo acoustic gigs, he threw in covers of hits by such acts as George Jones, George Strait and Billy Joel. And perhaps the glitziest moment came with the introduction of a special guest — Trisha Yearwood, not much of a surprise since they live in the same house — leading to a collaboration on “Walkaway Joe.”

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