October 2011

October Country Music Icon

Toby Keith

Toby Keith has continued to evolve his musical style as music has evolved. He has gained fame by saying what he wants in his songs, with out backing down to pressure. He sings songs that his fans can relate to, as they may feel what his song is saying. He has combined humor into his music. He is one of the most versatile country music artist out there today; he can be deep, passionate, funny and to the point. Toby Keith, for this reason has earned his status as an icon.

Toby Keith accomplished the rarely seen feat of having his first album go platinum. In his musical career he has released a total 25 albums, with his latest album releasing just days ago on October 25th. He continues to sell out concerts, regardless of what size his venue is, he currently is touring Europe where he has had a similar success.

Songs of the Heart

Love Songs For Lovers and Broken Hearts.

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Country music has delivered love songs; some for lovers in love and some for broken hearts. When we think of that one deep emotion filled love song, we probably each come up with something different. To make it a little easier I'm going to separate each kind of love song and share with you which songs I believe are worthy of being on the top as far as country love songs go.

Love Songs For Lovers:

My all-time favorite love song is "Strawberry Wine" by Deana Carter. I know it's kind of a silly song, but then I was just barely grown and I sure thought I was feeling love for the first time. Don't laugh, but I even had to go buy a bottle of Strawberry Wine.

My Runner up for Country love songs would have to be Love Me by Collin Raye. The lyrics in this song are amazing and speak of an undying love. To this day I choke up a little when they get to the part when his grandfather kneeled on a tree at the funeral.

As for my mentionable country love song, I'd have to choose Shameless by Garth Brooks. I sure it's obvious, I like a million other woman felt my heart melt every time he belted out those lines. That and I only hoped I could somehow make someone half as shameless as he was someday. Of course my husband swears he is shameless, but sometimes I think he's just saying that.

Love Songs for Broken Hearts:

My all-time heart wrenching country song would have to be "A Picture of Me Without You" by Lorrie Morgan. I know this song was originally sung by George Jones, however the version I know is sung by Lorrie Morgan. This song to this day has the potential risk of ripping my heart out.

My very close second is "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood. This song has everything in it that we have all secretly wished at one time or another. Fortunately, Carrie Underwood did it all in the video so we're able to live vicariously through her.

My third all-time favorite is none other than "Achy Breaky Heart" by Billy Ray Cyrus. I know I should avoid admitting that one, come on we all have are faults don't we? Since I'm admitting my faults here, I even at one time knew the Achy Breaky dance.

Those are my favorite songs on either side of love. Do you have any favorites you can share, if for no other reason than to replace my Achy Breaky Heart song. There's plenty more that should probably be added here.