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May 5

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 8

Martina McBride Reveals Cover of New Cookbook

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Martina McBride will release her cookbook and entertainment guide, Around the Table, on October 7. The book is a full-color illustrated collection of McBride’s favorite recipes, entertaining tips, menu planning advice and themed décor inspiration. She revealed the book’s cover via Twitter last week.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining, so I’m excited to be putting everything I love into the pages of my new book,” she said. “The response from fans to the cover on Twitter this morning was incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see the full book.” Continue Reading

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May 22

Martina McBride and Team Martina Raise Funds for Guatemalan Orphanage

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Martina McBride’s 2014 album, Everlasting.

Martina McBride and her charitable organization, Team Martina, have launched a campaign to bring musical instruments to Covenant House, a Guatemalan orphanage. The fundraiser, “Everlasting Music For Kids,” has launched online with fans giving more than $25,000 to date.

“Having visited Covenant House earlier this year and seen firsthand the great work they do for teens, I’m excited about this new project,” Martina said. “I know as well as anyone how music can change lives. It makes me happy to think music is going to be introduced to a group of young girls who can truly benefit from it.” Continue Reading

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May 8

10 Beautiful Country Moms

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Beautiful Country Moms. If you don’t see your favorite country mom on this list, let us know by commenting below!

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Sara Evans – When Sara married husband Jay Barker, her brood swelled to seven. Sara frequently tweets photos of her large family at school functions, hanging around the house and enjoying family outings.

Martina McBride and daughters Ava, Delaney & Emma. Photo by Cheryl Ecton.

Martina McBride – Martina and husband John have three daughters (above) and are navigating the teenage waters with two of them. As her oldest, Delaney, prepares to leave the nest, Martina hopes she’ll remember Mom’s words. “I hope, I pray that she hears the mom voice going, ‘Make good decisions,’ so it’s really important,” Martina said.

Shania Twain photo by Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Sandbox Management.

Shania Twain Despite the ups and downs in her personal life, Shania has remained a dedicated mother to her son, Eja. She once said in a Redbook interview that her greatest hope was for him to grow up “to be well-rounded, humble and honest, without having to be deprived to develop that character.”

Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Reba McEntire – Anyone who follows this redhead on Twitter knows she is her son Shelby’s biggest fan. Shelby, a race car driver, can count on his mom to be tweeting with pride from track side during his races.

Faith Hill photo by Andrew Southam, courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Faith Hill – Not only is Faith married to Tim McGraw, she’s also the mother of three beautiful girls. Faith puts family first, taking her girls out on the road with her during tours and keeping their lives as normal as possible, despite their parents’ celebrity status. Continue Reading

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Apr 16

Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

Martina McBride Rides Her Soul Train

Martina McBride’s 2014 album, Everlasting.

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Country Music headliner Martina McBride’s catalog overflows with powerfully communicative performances. The playful “I Love You,” the heartbroken ballad “Wrong Again,” and the empowering anthems “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls” and “Wrong Baby Wrong” unfold along clear lines of melody, which the five-time CMA Award winner animated with her own distinctive phrasing and interpretive sense.

In contrast, much of her new album, Everlasting, pays homage to R&B and showcases vocal improvisation. A perfect example would be “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” which in essence was a sketch over which Otis Redding unleashed his volcanic and highly extemporized performance. Speaking generally, the emphasis in soul music is often on the performance, while to paraphrase a familiar line in Music City, Country recordings start with and often stay grounded on the song.

“There are some differences in phrasing,” McBride noted. “When I was first thinking about making this record and finding songs that would fit my voice, I was a little bit overwhelmed. Tackling some of these songs was a bit intimidating. But then Don (Was, producer) helped me a lot. He said, ‘Just be you. Sing it how you would sing it.’ That was a liberating moment for me. I was like, ‘Oh! That makes sense!’” Continue Reading

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Mar 6

Martina McBride, Charley Pride & More Scheduled for 2015 Country Music Cruise

Martina McBride, Charley Pride & More Scheduled for 2015 Country Music Cruise

Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Following the success of this year’s inaugural 2014 Country Music Cruise, the lineup for the 2015 Country Music Cruise has been revealed. Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep at The Wheel, Restless Heart, Wade Hayes, Bryan White and more will perform, with Lorianne Crook serving as the official host. Set for January 18-25, 2015, the cruise will travel through the Caribbean with stops in Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay.

“I am really looking forward to performing on this luxurious ship in the beautiful Caribbean,” said Martina. “The intimate nature of the venue is a great opportunity to connect with my fans that rarely get to see me give this kind of performance. They are in for a great week of country music. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the show.” Continue Reading

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Feb 28

Martina McBride to Release First Cookbook in October

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Martina McBride photo courtesy of Republic Nashville.

Fans only need to follow Martina McBride on her social media pages to know she loves to cook and entertain when she’s not on the road. To continue sharing her love of recipes and hosting dinner parties, she has partnered with William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, to release her first cookbook, Around The Table, on October 7, 2014.

“I have a passion for food and entertaining,” Martina said. “I’m so excited to be putting everything I love onto the pages of my new book.” Continue Reading

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Jan 22

Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride & Zac Brown Added to GRAMMYs

Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride & Zac Brown Added to GRAMMYs

Hunter Hayes photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Hunter Hayes is among the latest round of artists to be named as performers for the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Gary Clark Jr. will also perform along with a finale featuring Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age and Dave Grohl with Lindsey Buckingham.

The GRAMMYs also announced Zac Brown and Martina McBride as presenters along with Marc Anthony, Black Sabbath, Gloria Estefan, Anna Faris, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Harrison, Anna Kendrick, Alicia Keys, Juanes, Cyndi Lauper, Jared Leto, Bruno Mars, Miguel, Yoko Ono, Smokey Robinson, Ryan Seacrest and Steven Tyler. Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Martina McBride Teams Up with Don Was to Release Everlasting

Martina McBride Teams Up with Don Was to Release Everlasting

Martina McBride’s 2014 album, Everlasting. Photo courtesy of Shorefire.

Martina McBride will release Everlasting, a collection of iconic soul and R&B songs, on March 4. She teamed up with GRAMMY-winning producer Don Was for the project which includes songs as diverse as Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.”

“I love soulful music and it just made sense to me to stretch a bit at this time and do something that fills my heart and allows me to explore a little bit,” Martina said. “I have worked hard to choose some of the best and most loved classics, much like I did with Timeless, and interpret them in a way that is faithful to the original, but still has my own artistic spin to make it mine. Continue Reading

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Dec 13

Martina McBride to Release Pop Classics Album, Everlasting, March 4

Martina McBride to Release Pop Classics Album, Everlasting, March 4

Martina McBride and producer Don Was at Blackbird studio recording Everlasting. Photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media.

In 2005 Martina McBride released Timeless, an album of country classics. Next year’s she’ll put her spin on some of pop’s biggest hits in the Don Was-produced album Everlasting, out March 4. While the album’s full track list hasn’t yet been released, some songs confirmed are “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” made famous by Aretha Franklin, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and the Jimmy Ruffin hit “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.”

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“Martina is a singer’s singer,” says Was. “She brings a richness, soul and vulnerability to these songs that no one else could. It’s also testimony to both Martina’s vocal prowess and her strong vision as an artist that she is able to step into these well-worn, classic songs and completely make them her own. She has an approach and a point-of-view that are unmistakable.”

“These songs have beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics, which is basically all you can ask for as a singer,” says Martina. “While this is a bit of a departure for me song-wise, stylistically I approached these songs the way I always have which is singing with as much soul and emotion as I possibly can. Continue Reading

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