Weekly Playlist #29: mellow mornings

weekly playlist #29: mellow mornings

 

Some days, you just need something mellow with your coffee. That’s why we’ve offered – and you’ve chosen – mellow mornings as today’s weekly playlist.

 

Today’s highlights are the quiet kind.  Now is an always-timely reminder to live in the moment, be humble and seek the positives. With her #GratefulGang movement, that attitude of gratitude is exactly what Becky Lawrence tries to promote every day.

 

Where The Heart Is is my next highlight – because you all know by now that if I can get a Brett Eldredge song on a playlist, I will. But this is such a bright, soothing track with a similar message to Now – looking for the heart and something to be grateful for.

 

My last highlight this week is These Days. I could listen to this song ALL DAY. Joey Clarkson’s delicate vocal delivery coupled with the gentle, soothing melody have put this song right at the top of my morning coffee playlist. And she has a fantastic video for it, too.

 

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And that’s just about it! What do you like to listen to on a lazy morning? Let me know your highlights! Don’t forget, you can suggest your own themes here.

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Weekly Playlist #28: all about the south

weekly playlist #28: all about the south

 

As The Cadillac Three said quite succinctly – it’s all about the south. This week’s playlist is full of southern celebration: from Hicktown to God’s Country and everything in between.

 

This week’s highlights are some of my all-time favourites. All About The South is the inspiration for the whole collection, and one of my favourite songs from one of my favourite bands. You all know I adore TC3 and their swampy, boozy and bluesy variety of country – and this collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli fits right in.  I can also confirm it is hella fun to roll your windows down and sing along to.

 

God’s Country is one of my favourite recent hits. I remember hearing it for the first time and being blown away by the sound, the imagery and the emotion it evoked. It was a visceral reaction, and the song still hits hard even now.

 

This week’s final highlight is Southern Ways, simply because it oozes that low, slow, summer nostalgia and as the weather tends towards winter now, I am fully on board with heading back to those southern ways!

 

Check out the full playlist here.

 

Shout out to TC3 for getting two songs on this week’s playlist! What are your favourite southern anthems? Let me know your highlights! Don’t forget, you can suggest your own themes here.

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Weekly Playlist #27: bluegrass

weekly playlist #27: bluegrass

 

Well, you’ve chosen again, and you’ve chosen bluegrass for our 27th weekly playlist. Can you believe we’ve had 27 of these now? I certainly can’t!

 

Bluegrass is often considered something of an acquired taste.  As a genre of roots music, it developed in the 1940s in the Appalachian region of the USA. It has roots in traditional English, Scottish and Irish ballads and dance tunes, and in traditional African-American blues and jazz.  The genre typically features string instruments and emphasizes the off-beat.

 

It’s no secret that among other things, I’m a sucker for some traditional music, so I love a bit of Bluegrass. I talked about it a little when I reviewed Corn Nut Creek’s EP, so it’s only fitting that they should be a highlight of this playlist. This is the lone instrumental on the duo’s EP, and it’s a dance-around-the-kitchen interlude. I dare you not to crack a smile when you listen.

 

Highlight #2 – no surprises, again – is I’ll Fly Away.  This is from the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou which is a soundtrack I think I’ve loved for my whole life – but the harmonies in this song are absolutely exquisite.  They’re perfectly stacked to offer something new on each and every listen, even after two decades of listening on heavy rotation.

 

Finally – and oh boy, it was hard to limit myself to just three – Sourwood Mountain takes the third highlight spot. This is fun. I chose this in part because it was such a joy to hear something so niche on Nashville (the TV show – of course!) – but because it highlights Rhiannon Giddens and her immeasurable talent. Of all the fantastic musicians I discovered through the series, Giddens has to be one of my favourites.

 

Find the full playlist here!

 

One more playlist down! This might be a little bit divisive – but what do YOU think? I love to hear from you, so get in touch and let me know what your highlights are! Don’t forget, you can always suggest your own playlist themes here.

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Weekly Playlist #26: when all hope is gone

weekly playlist #26: when all hope is gone

 

Our 26th weekly playlist marks a whole six months of music sharing – and thus, a whole six months of Three Chords. It’s been a whirlwind, and truly a pleasure. For this milestone playlist, we have something very special – it’s sponsored by #GratefulGang.  #GratefulGang is an initiative set up by our very own Becky Lawrence as a movement to practice the act of gratitude and to normalise conversations about mental health. The playlist is called when all hope is gone and it’s for those days when you just need a reminder of the light at the end of the tunnel.

 

So, without further ado, let’s talk music. I’ve had this playlist in some form or another for years. I could probably list them all as highlights! But since we have just three highlight spots, it’s time to get serious.

 

Lemon Drop has been on the playlist from the start, so it seems only fair that it should be a highlight. In fact, it was the inspiration for the whole collection.  There’s just something about it – the whistle, the harmonies, the heartwarming message of ‘there are better days ahead’ – some days, it’s just what you need to get by.

 

My second highlight is If You’re Going Through Hell and this is a song I knew long before I knew that I knew it. It took me a little while to track it down, but it does exactly what it says on the tin – just keep going.  It’s the perfect encouragement for those darker days.

 

Finally, If You Need Someone To Love You might seem like a strange choice for this collection but as soon as I heard it, I knew it would be perfect. It’s upbeat and supportive, and whether platonic or otherwise, someone to love us is just what the doctor ordered.

 

Find the full playlist here.

 

Six months of weekly playlists in the books – what do you think? What do you listen to when you need a mental pick-me-up? What are your highlights from my playlist this week? I always love to hear from you, so get in touch and let me know your thoughts! Don’t forget, you can always suggest your own playlist themes here!

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Weekly Playlist #25: Miss Independent

Weekly Playlist 25: miss independent

 

There’s nothing I love more than a celebration of girl power – especially when it manifests as women celebrating women. So I’m SO excited that you’ve chosen miss independent as our 25th weekly playlist! This has been so much fun to put together.

 

The one thing I really wanted to focus on in this collection was lyrical content. I wanted these songs to reflect a celebration of self and a true sense of empowerment, as opposed to being “yay women, boo men”.  This is a playlist I truly adore, and one I’ve listened to myself on repeat, just because these fantastic women have empowered me. I hope they empower you too.

 

Let’s talk about highlights.  I want to single out Miss Me More because it could so easily be a ‘better without you’ anthem – but it’s so much more than that. It’s a true celebration of being unapologetically you – and changing for absolutely no one.

 

Ladies In The 90s is a modern classic. It’s everything you want in a song about women – it’s got that perfect singalong chorus, it’s got lipstick and high heels, and it’s about women empowering women.

 

My final highlight this week is My Hallelujah Song because it’s such an exuberant, unabashed celebration of being exactly who and where you are.

 

Check out the full playlist here.

 

Over to you! What are YOUR favourite empowerment anthems? What are your highlights from my playlist this week? I always love to hear from you, so get in touch and let me know your thoughts! Don’t forget, you can always suggest your own playlist themes here!

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Weekly Playlist #24: canadian country 2.0

Weekly Playlist #24: Canadian Country 2.0

 

It’s a little bit late in the day, but that’s only because we’re running on Canadian time. Our 24th weekly playlist is Canadian Country 2.0! This one was chosen by Becky Lawrence, partly because we had a tie in our poll here and in the tiebreaker on Twitter, but also to celebrate our recent announcement that Becky has become the newest member of the 3C family!

 

So, without further ado, we have some highlights to talk about. First of all, let’s talk about Can I Have This Dance? – I wept like a baby the first time I listened to this song. I’m not afraid to tell you it still makes me tear up.  I love the journey in Joey’s voice as the recalls stories from her childhood. Check out our review for more of the backstory behind this song, and then try not to cry when you listen.

 

My second highlight is Used, and boy, this one hits me like a ton of bricks every time.  Were going from one extreme to another here today, folks.  You all know I’m absolutely wild about everything Jess Moskaluke breathes on, and this song is an absolute masterpiece. It was a challenge to choose just one to include in this playlist! The depth of emotion in Moskaluke’s voice is mind-blowing, and the power is absolutely stunning.

 

Finally – and one that doesn’t make me cry! – These Days is my third highlight. I just adore the vibe of this song. It’s fun, it’s liberating, it’s airy but bold and it sounds like an absolutely perfect drive along the coast on a summer’s day. It’s one I can’t get enough of, even as summer comes to a close.

 

Listen to the full playlist here || check out our BEST OF: Canadian Country playlist!

 

So, what do you think?! Give me a shout on our socials and let me know YOUR favourite Canadian artists and who I should include next time. Don’t forget to let me know YOUR highlights from this list! And remember, my inbox is always open for your playlist theme suggestions.

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Weekly Playlist #23: Ladies in the 90s

weekly playlist 23: ladies in the 90s

It’s time for a little throwback this week, because our weekly playlist is ladies in the 90s! I’m so thrilled to celebrate these incredible women – the women who followed in the footsteps of Patsy, Reba and Dolly, and who paved the way for Kelsea, Maren and Carrie. Put on your gladrags, friends, because it’s time to party.

 

Highlights for this week’s playlist are almost impossible to choose. But since it’s tradition, I’ll do my best.

 

This Kiss is one of the first country songs I remember hearing – it got a lot of play on my dad’s favourite radio station, and it became something I’d sing along to without fail. Come On Over has to be my second highlight, because Shania was my gateway into country music. There were a hundred of her songs I could have chosen, but this one just feels so good.

 

My final highlight is Tonight The Heartache’s On Me.  The Chicks have always been a true love of mine, and although this isn’t my favourite Chicks song, it just feels synonymous with the 1990s and the strong, powerful, take-no-bull ladies who dominated the country music scene.

 

Listen to the full playlist here.

 

The 90s was a golden era for girl power, not just in country music but in music the world over. What are your favourite 90s tunes? What are your highlights from my list? Get in touch and let me know!

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Weekly Playlist #22: boys of fall

weekly playlist #22: boys of fall

 

Put me in coach, I’m the next man up. Yes, this week’s playlist is boys of fall and it’s the perfect time for this autumnal-inspired, football-themed collection. I’ve wanted to make this for a long time, and I finally got round to it – just in time for the season to start. (In case you didn’t know, we’re big NFL fans in my house.)

 

Hold on tight, because we’ve got some absolute crackers for you. And some highlights, too.

 

The Boys Of Fall is an obvious highlight. It gave this playlist a name, and it gives me an emotional crisis around this time every year when I listen to it on repeat for several hours and sob. There’s just something about the intensity of this song that hits me hard. I don’t know if it’s the standing in the huddle or the you mess with one man, you got us all – but this song gives me chills every single time.

 

The Long Way is my second highlight – because as I’ve explained before, far be it from me to not include Brett Eldredge on a playlist. And if he’s on the playlist, of course, he’s a highlight. This is one of the few non-football themed songs on here! It has a gorgeous autumnal sound and you can just imagine the story taking place as the leaves change colour.

 

Five More Minutes is my third highlight.  I wept when I first heard this song – the final story about saying goodbye to Grandpa cut deeper than I expected. But this one is a beautiful collection of relatable stories – who hasn’t asked for just five more minutes before?

 

Check out the full playlist here – don’t forget to follow us on Spotify!

 

So, that’s the boys of fall! Which team are you backing this season? What songs should I have included? What are your highlights?! Let me know – I always love sharing this music with you and hearing your thoughts! Don’t forget, you can find me on all your favourite social media platforms and you can suggest your own playlist themes here.

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Weekly Playlist #21: hotter when the sun goes down

weekly playlist #21: hotter when the sun goes down

 

The weather has taken a turn over the last week or two so it’s hardly surprising we’re all desperate for summer to come back – and that you chose hotter when the sun goes down for this week’s playlist! I tried to capture the discomfort of a too-hot summer evening with this one – heavy guitars, downtempo beats – songs that keep it low and slow.  And believe me, I had a lot to choose from.

 

This week’s first highlight is from one of our oldest friends, Emma Moore.  You might remember we interviewed Emma back in the early days of Three Chords! Well, when I first started to put this playlist together, I listened to Good Girl and I just knew immediately it was a perfect fit.

 

My second highlight is We Were Young by The Brae. The Brae – a duo from Hampshire, England – have created such an ominous, unique vibe within this song. When they first sent it to me, it left me absolutely speechless. It’s a song that leaves such a strong impression!

 

The final highlight of the week goes to Sunrise in Texas.  Blackberry Smoke is a band I don’t talk about nearly enough. Sunrise in Texas is just a slow, easy, languid song for the end of a too-hot day.

 

 

Check out the full playlist here – don’t forget to follow us on Spotify!

 

And there you have it! I always love to hear your thoughts on these weekly playlists, so please get in touch! You can find me on social media or just leave a comment here.  Let me know what I could’ve included (some ideas for next time?!), and let me know YOUR highlights from this week’s playlist! You can also suggest your own themes for a future playlist here.

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