Country Music Playlists Log Archive

I felt sad that I every week delete my comments on why I updated the Country Music Playlists with certain songs. Thus, I decided to archive the comments over the last weeks. Just repeating… But I felt that it is a nice log if you just want to look it up (and finally… If you don’t like it… Just skip that page 🙂 ).

I had to move annual tranches of this log archive to dedicated pages. Here are the sub-pages per calendar year (completed calendar years):


My Playlist Update Logs:

Country Music Playlist Update Log (19th February 2024)

Eight in – Eight out. The Country Music Playlists are now running in the new “Business as usual” mode. I have quite a lot of travel on my list this month as well as live events – so it is a bit of hard to keep up with all the duties. However, I made a decent eight song collection – hope you enjoy it!

  • Like It Was Yesterday by Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke and their album Be Right Here kicked off the coverage of my music review weekend. So many nice ones – I finally chose that song. Hope you look forward to their tour as much as I do – check the dates out on my review or in the tour date overview section.

  • I Don’t Carolina by Chase Matthew

Chase Matthew’s EP We All Grow Up was the last music review of this weekend I shared with you. Some really cool songs – I went for this love story.

  • Bless Your Heart by Callista Clark

It’s more than a year ago since I saw Callista Clark live on stage in Cologne. I have to admit that I lost a bit of focus of her. The more I am happy to share her new single with you. A typical Callista song.

  • Middle Finger Motto by Eddie and The Getaway

Another single release. Eddie and The Getaway released Middle Finger Motto with us this weekend. Spotify shows the in the square for that title – and we enjoy rocking with them.

  • Ease Made Easy by DanaMaria

While I was covering the floorball matches in Erlensee near Frankfurt this weekend, the women’s match vs. Dümpten and the men’s match vs. Calw, I thought a lot about German country artists. I will more frequently add some German acts into the playlist here and there. Here is a great song by DanaMaria, who I also featured in a Spotlight interview in 2020.

  • Born Lonely by Matt Stell

With the new setup of the Country Music Playlist, there is a stronger focus on new single releases. Songs like Born Lonely by Matthew Neal Stell, which is the civil name of the country artist. Nice track by the singer-songwriter and guitarist, who is part of the business since 2006 already.

  • I Got A Problem (Full Length) by Drake Milligan

Just four songs – but they are a blast. The Jukebox Songs by Drake Milligan are the perfect appetizer for the upcoming Country To Country shows, where Drake will be on stage.

  • Poison In The Well by Taylor Austin Dye

Finally (or on the top of the playlist, where I reverse the order), there is Taylor Austin Dye with her new release. Poison In The Wall is a rather dark, but cool listen by the Kentucky-origin artist.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Everything With You by Eric Paslay
  • Hung Up by Alli Walker
  • I Just Wanna Hold You by Clay Walker
  • You’re My Texas by Gabby Barrett
  • Devil’s Money by Mary Kutter
  • Another Song About You by Charles Esten
  • The Way It Is Now by Sarah Jarosz
  • God & Country by Anne Wilson


Country Music Playlist Update Log (12th February 2024)

50 songs! After the incremental upgrades of the Country Music Playlists, we are reaching the new target size of songs. Some sad news and very interesting releases are forming the eight songs which I selected for this week’s update. I hope you are enjoying them.

  • Should’ve Been A Cowboy by Toby Keith

Toby Keith’s death was truly the key new of the music business this week, not just limited to country music. I am honoring the legend with one of his greatest songs.

  • Better by Brenna Bone

After there has not been a single song release in 2023, I am so happy to have a new song by Brenna Bone. I really love the style of the US-American artist.

  • Nur ein Lied by Kerstin Bogensee

A Spotlight interview and the review of her sophomore album Sonne & Zweifel – Kerstin Bogensee is definitely the focus artist of this week on I share one of my favorite songs with you.

  • Girl Next Door by Logan Crosby

Georgia native singer-songwriter released his new single Girl Next Door this week. I ran into it while scanning new release – and felt it is worth sharing.

  • A Little Devil by The Dead South

Chains & Stakes is the latest album of The Dead South. The Canadians define an a characteristic sound – the tracks simply sound and feel like The Dead South.

  • Matchmaker by Erin Kinsey

While I am rather closely following Brenna Bone and Kaylee Rose (see below), I ran into the new release by Texas-origin artist Erin Kinsey. A really nice one by the 23 year old singer-songwriter.

  • Situationship by Kaylee Rose

Another young female country artist, who released a new song this week is Kaylee Rose. Currently, she is dealing with several relationship topics – which is also in line with her latest song, Situationship.

  • Hurricane by The Castellows

The Castellows have been a massive hype on social media. There was a lot of coverage and advertisement towards their debut EP A Little Goes A Long Way. Here is my favorite fit to this playlist.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Black Top White Lines by Chris Shiflett
  • Breakup Breakdown by Jason Aldean
  • Hurt People by Tim McGraw
  • I Know It’ll Never End by The Castellows
  • Repkaceable by Hannah Ellis
  • Mein Navi spielt verrückt by Rhinestones



Country Music Playlist Update Log (5th February 2024)

We are getting closer to 50… At the end of this week, there will already be 48 songs in the Country Music Playlists (47 at Amazon Music as one song is missing…). Hope you like my eight song collection of songs this week – and are not too sad about the six ones leaving.

  • If I Have a Daughter by Chelsea Berman

Chealsea Berman is one of my favorite artist from the Australian country music scene. This week, the amazing young artist released the beautiful If I Have a Daughter – great new single release.

  • Off the Highway by Gabby Barrett

An album I simply got too late for a review is Chapter & Verse by Gabby Barrettt. A brief listen was very promising – I share my favorite song with you.

  • Sunshine Shine by Blanco Brown

A Blanco Brown song is always adding a special sound and groove to a country music playlist. No country artist does it like Blanco – even though his new single is rather tame.

  • Straight Line by Keith Urban

A new Keith this week. Straight Line sounds and feels like a Keith Urban song – do I really need to say more?

  • Devil You Know by Tyler Braden

Tyler Braden is a country musician who is originally from Alabama. This week he released the very catch Devil You Know. He is on tour in the United States and Australia soon.

  • Just To Say We Did by Kenny Chesney

Some big names of the genre are working towards a major release in 2024. One of them is Kenny Chesney. This this week’s single release feels very promising, indeed.

  • God & Country by Anne Wilson

Anne Wilson is a Christian country singer from Lexington in Kentucky. She is active since 2021. Even though I typically struggle with religious country songs, I really like this one. The song is not available on Amazon Music. 

  • Angel Falling Down by Taylor McCall

I really enjoyed listening to Mellow War, the new album by Taylor McCall. The album is influenced by several Americana genres – I present a rather country-alike track for this playlist.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • You Don’t Know Who I Am by The Steel Woods
  • Take Her Home by Kenny Chesney
  • Dance Like Nobody’s Watching by Jenn Bostic
  • Yes! by Chad Brock
  • Can’t Pass The Bar by Scotty McCreery
  • Anything But What It Was by Zach John King


Country Music Playlist Update Log (29th January 2024)

Second time eight songs in since I updated the country music playlist policy. I feel that this week, it is really valuable as I have quite a long list of songs which are really worth being presented in here. Hope you enjoy listening to some country music songs with me.

By the way, I tilted the order of the Country Music Playlist this weekend. This means that the latest song will now be on the top of the playlist. The order below is in line with it, i.e. Randall King will lead the playlist this week (for one week until the next update)

  • Six Feet Deep by Royale Lynn

I am a huge fan of this country music lady, who is adding a good bunch of hard rock elements into her music. The more, I was really amazed when I found Six Feet Deep on a German promotion platform. Last week, Royale disclosed that she also signed a record deal. Keep my fingers crossed that there will be a European tour one day.

  • Heatin’ Up by Conner Smith

While I typically receive modern country music rather rarely on general German promotion platforms, this time, I also received the lovely album Smoky Mountains by Conner Smith. Unfortunately, the Wuppertal High Jump Meeting coverage required me to prepare a lot of music reviews in advance. Nonetheless, I highly recommend to have a listen to the album.

  • Another Song About You by Charles Esten

A really lovely review this week was the album Love Ain’t Pretty by Charles Esten. There is a great range of songs on this long-play, which is in fact (and somehow, surprisingly…) the debut one. Look forward being at his show in Hamburg in May 2024.

  • The Way It is Now by Sarah Jarosz

Four time Grammy Award winning Americana artist Sarah Jarosz shared her new album Polaroid Lovers this weekend. For the playlist, I went for a rather country-alike song.

  • Mein Navi spielt verrückt by Rhinestones

“My GPS is running nuts” is roughly the translation of the title of this German country music release. As typical, there is a touch of schlager in the song as well. Nonetheless, I really like it.

  • Road I Wanna Ride by Michael James

As far as I could find out, Michael James is originally from Long Island, New York. His new song Road I Wanna Ride has a touch of a mainstream country radio song, but that also means that the songs stays in your mind really well. I absolutely like it.

  • Bad For You by Ashley Ryan

Ashley Ryan is somehow the “counter part” to Royale Lynn this week. The 24 year old California-origin released this cool country rocker this week. Great one, taken from her new Too Far Gone album.

  • But It Ain’t by Randall King

My best rated music release this weekend, however, was the amazing album Into The Neon by Randall King. I envy everybody who will be able to enjoy his live performances at the C2C in Berlin and Rotterdam in March 2024. I feel that this track will be a really special blast

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Same Beer Different Problems by Darius Rucker
  • Whiskey In Your Coffee Cup by Maddie Storvold
  • Won’t Be The Whiskey by Juliana Rankin
  • Up In Texas by Midland
  • Good At Love by Catherine McGrath


Country Music Playlist Update Log (22nd January 2024)

Upgrade time: as I explained to you on Thursday, I will be adding eight songs instead of five in order to upgrade the playlist to fifty songs. Vice versa, the sad news is that I don’t believe I will at least very soon be able to maintain the New Country Music Playlists again. Therefore, there will be more new releases in here. Hope you enjoy the kick-off into a new era.

  • Never Learned How To Sew by Ashley Anne

I shared the review of Ashley Anne’s debut EP dear dolly with you on Friday. There are not too many new songs, but I really enjoyed the sound of the track compilation. Never Learned How To Sew comes with a lovely storytelling.

  • Devil’s Money by Mary Kutter

I follow Mary Kutter on Instagram – and really liked her social media campaign towards her this week’s single release, Devil’s Money. The rocking country track is a real treat as well. This song was an easy choice for the new format Country Music Playlist.

  • Need A Favor by Jelly Roll

Jelly Roll has been one of the big names of the 2023 CMA Awards. I recently listened to a few of his songs. With Need A Favor, I take you to his 2023 album, Whitsitt Chapel. Great song.

  • A Different Kind of Year by Cory Marks

I simply love listening to Cory Marks’ new track, A Different Kind of Year. It is such a nice balance of pop, rock and country elements. A good party vibe by the Canadian

  • Shield and Sword by Lizzie No

Lizzie No is typically rather regarded being an indie-folk artist. However, some songs of her album Halfsies have a certain country music touch. One of them is Shield and Sword, the ninth track of Halfsies. Enjoy!

  • Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep by Canaan Cox

A rather uptempo modern country song released this week is Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep by Canaan Cox. Another track with a nice rock touch.

  • Anything But What It Was by Zach John King

On a social media profile, Zach John King introduces himself with Hey! I’m a Georgia boy living in Nashville that loves making simple, southern, honest music. His new song has been released this week. And it is a straight and comfortable listen. Thus, based on this pick, I would conditionally approve the description.

  • No Caller ID by Megan Moroney

The last song I share today is the emotional new release by Megan Moroney, No Caller ID. After her huge hit Tennessee Orange, I would really love her to have another big one soon.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Old Country Still Rocks by Wade Hayes
  • Poison by Eddie And The Getaway
  • Counterfeit by Taylor Edwards
  • Cowboys & Dreamers by Carter Faith
  • I’ll Go First by Austin Brown


Country Music Playlist Update Log (15th January 2024)

I more or less completed my thoughts about the restructuring of my playlists after I have only limited and only biased access to new country music releases. I need to do some structural work on the website before. Currently, times are really busy – and the fact that I had to travel to the EHF Handball European Championships in Berlin by car instead of by train (rail strikes) did not really lead to a better situation…So far, so good, five new songs:

  • Rock for a Heart by Ludlow Creek

I had a listen to this song already some two weeks ago as a promo and really enjoyed it. This week, Rock for a Heart has finally been released. Really nice song.

  • Replaceable by Hannah Ellis

Wow, Hannah Ellis does it great! I still somehow cannot believe that This Girl is her debut album. However, you just have to praise the female country artist for this outstanding set of songs. Here is my favorite (so hard to pick one…).

  • This Ring by Julia Cole

Julia Cole is somehow the bustling country music releasing worker bee to me. She is doing so many new song. Just when I joined a brief live stream with Hannah Ellis regarding her album, Julia Cole was presenting This Ring online to her fans. Lovely new song.

  • Single Again by Josh Ross

You won’t ever be single again – another single release this week which I really liked. A song about not being single any more. Good listen.

  • Can’t Pass The Bar by Scotty McCreery

A new single release by Scotty McCreery – Can’t Pass The Bar has a nice rocking touch. Enjoy partying to this track.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Easy On A Heart by Alex Hall
  • Long Way Home by Dustin Lynch
  • Too Much And Not Enough by Hannah Ellis
  • Best Worst Ex by Julia Cole & Alexandra Kay
  • Weeping Willow by Warren Zeiders


Country Music Playlist Update Log (8th January 2024)

2024 is really kicking off on now. Starting yesterday, I am going back to the two post per day rhythm. I might be a bit more relaxed about keeping it each and every day, but let’s see. Not only due to the recent US trip, my backlog is full of stuff which is definitely worth sharing. Next week latest, I will also present you the concept how my Country Playlists will go on – I just wanted to finally define something which creates value and is absolutely maintainable. This week, there weren’t too many album releases, but quite a bunch of interesting new song releases. Thus, there is a lot of stuff worth sharing. Here are my five picks for this week.

  • I Know It’ll Never End by The Castellows

If you rather feel like some more traditional tunes, this track by The Castellows might be one of your favorite new listens of the week. Beautiful sound by the female trio.

  • You’re My Texas by Gabby Barrett

Gabby Barrett also released a great new song this week. Not the powerhouse track like Jackson Dean, but full of emotions (and thus, with a little touch of kitsch. I really love listening to You’re My Texas.

  • Dancing With The Wolves by Tobey Lucas

Being in Switzerland this weekend, I thought about listening to some Swiss country music. I also ran into this song, which Tobey Lucas released as part of his 2019 Life And Fire EP. I feel that the song definitely deserves some more attention.

  • God’s Country by Blake Shelton

This one is another 2019 release: During my recent stay in the USA, I had quite a lot of time to think about a wide range of things – typically while driving around. One thought I had was about big country artists which are not too frequently represented. Blake Shelton’s biggest success of the last years, for example, has been a listen I never shared with you as such. Time to do better now 🙂

  • Pretty Hungover by Trey Lewis

The third single release of the week is Pretty Hungover by Trey Lewis. The song is a lovely, straight contemporary country listen with quite some airplay potential.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Buy Dirt by Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan
  • Better Than This by Ray Scott
  • I Hate Nashville by Dustin Hensley
  • My Kind of Lonely by Waylon Hanel
  • She Makes The Sad Songs by Hayden Coffman


Country Music Playlist Update Log (1st January 2024)

Happy New Year everybody! I am still on the road in the United States and the Western music industry is in its year-end break. Nonetheless, here are five song to share with you this week.

  • I’ll Go First by Austin Brown

I’ll Go First by Austin Brown is indeed a new release of the week. He released the track on 29th December 2023. A very nice listen by the Home Free member. Great listen.

  • Yes! by Chad Brock

Driving through the United States, listening to Sirius XM satellite radio in the desert… Gives you some chance to run into new and long forgotten songs. Like Yes! by Chad Brock, who I listened to on a trip from Hoover Dam to Las Vegas… and felt to share it with you.

  • Where It Ends by Bailey Zimmerman

Bailey Zimmerman’s 2023 album Religiously. The Album. has been huge in the United States and comes with several songs streamed over 100 million times on Spotify only. I felt to share this song with you.

  • Ain’t Enough Whiskey by TracieLynn

I had four year-end review postings this time. In my Favorite Albums and EPs posting, TracieLynn’s More Than a Bad Habit has been the highest ranked country music EP. I so far just shared the lovely Broadway Cowboy with you (which made it ninth in my Favorite Songs of 2023 posting. Here is another song from the lovely set of song.

  • Trailer Park by Jackson Dean

Even though the European Weird Al Yankovic Tour 2023 created so many lovely memories and the Nacht der Gitarren was awesome, my most memorable concert of the year was the Heart To Heart event in Dusseldorf. Bad luck that there has not yet been a follow up so far. Nonetheless, I mentioned this concert in my Best Ones 2023 post – and share Trailer Park by the amazing Jackdson Dean with you.

Therefore, the following songs are leaving the playlist:

  • Tempt The Devil by Taylor Austin Dye
  • Snapback by Old Dominion
  • Son of a Sinner by Jelly Roll
  • Jealous of Jane by Lauren Watkins
  • Unsingle by Clayton Johnson