This Is Country Music: Bonus Tracks

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The Farm

Songs About Driving

We have been spending so much time on the road lately promoting our new single “Home Sweet Home,” that we thought it would be appropriate to come up with our Top 5 Favorite Songs About Driving.

“Drivin’ My Life Away” – Eddie Rabbit

Krista: This is one of those songs that when you hear it, you can’t help but just sing the chorus at the top of your lungs.

“What I Need to Do” – Kenny Chesney

Nick: This song has always been one of my favorite Kenny songs. We recorded it for his live album when I was on the road with him. It’s such a well-written song that paints a big picture in your head.

“Drive My Car” -The Beatles

Krista: It’s hard to make any Top 5 list without a Beatles song! Just a fun rockin song that is well written.

“Next to You, Next to Me” – Shenandoah

Nick: This is a quintessential song by a great vocal group from my younger years. I have great memories attached to this song, and every time I hear it, I end up smiling.

“Little Red Corvette” – Prince

Damien: This song is one that we all agreed was one of our favorites. It brings back memories, you can sing along, it paints a picture, and of course Prince is amazing.

HER & Kings County

Top 5 Favorite Songs by Country/Southern Rock Bands

We, HER & Kings County, are a band. We carry our own gear in and out of shows, everyone from the lead singer to the drummer drive us from show to show, and we have no extra hired guns on the road with us. Therefore, we wanted to pay homage to those who inspire us on our journey.

“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Take It Easy” – The Eagles

“Gravity” – Alison Krauss and Union Station

“Fishin’ in the Dark” – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

“If You Want to Get to Heaven” – The Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Jana Kramer

Top 5 Country Songs While Drinking Red Wine

“Fly Over States” – Jason Aldean

I love what it says.

“Back In Baby’s Arms” – Patsy Cline

This song makes me think of being back home with grandma.

“Strawberry Wine” – Deana Carter

This one makes me think of great memories from when I was younger.

“I Melt” – Rascal Flatts

Also brings back good memories and is just really relaxing to listen to.

“Cowboy Take Me Away” – Dixie Chicks

Love this song because of the girls singing at the top of their lungs!

Hunter Hayes

iPod Favorites

“Sweet Thing” – Keith Urban

A timeless song that, to me, redefined his sound as an artist as well as the standard for good, real country music both lyrically and melodically.

“Ladders and Parachutes” – Lori McKenna

This song gets me every time I listen to it. One of the most relatable lyrics I’ve ever encountered with an emotional melody you can’t help but listen to over and over. This song has heart and this song has soul, in case you were wondering what the two sounded like in musical form.

“Typical” – Mutemath

A message of going against the norm and being brave and bold. Anthemic and one of the best songs from one of the best bands I’ve heard. Musically, it captures the desires to break free from expectation and be yourself and the best version of it you can be.

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder

An honest, apology/love song with the music of forgiveness. Timeless classic that you can’t help but love.

“So Long Self” – MercyMe

All about letting go of selfishness and remembering there is a bigger purpose for everything. A big message when you need remembering of just awesome life really is.

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