Weekly Playlist #34: better now you’re gone

Weekly Playlist #34: better now you're gone

When I first started to put this playlist together, I wanted to create something that said more than “I’m better without you.” I wanted a playlist that said “I’m better without you than I ever was with you.” I wanted it to say “I’m glad you’re gone, because now I can be me.”

 

To that end, let’s get straight into some highlights.

 

Miss Me More is an obvious highlight this week. It’s a song about finding yourself after an oppressive relationship, about being able to wear that lipstick and listen to that music again, because no one can tell you not to. In many ways, it’s the flagship song of the playlist – and if you ever needed a pick-me-up, a song to dance around in your underwear to – let this be it.

 

Leaving Looks Good On You is highlight #2 this week. This song has some absolutely beautiful guitar stabs and an absolute truck-load of sass. This is a boy, bye song if ever I heard one, and I love it.

 

Finally, It Didn’t is every bit as big, bold and brash as kicking that ex to the curb should be. I love the celebratory horns and Merlo’s huge voice. This isn’t a song about heartbreak, but about losing the heartbreak and falling in love with yourself again.

 

Find the full playlist here.

 

 

Well, we’re one more playlist deep into the year – fancy sharing your highlights with me? Find me on any of our socials and let me know your faves!

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Weekly Playlist #33: girls who rock

Weekly Playlist #33: girls who rock
Girls Who Rock: Emilia Quinn @ Unsigned, Unleashed August 2020

 

I tried something a little bit different this week and posted the poll on Twitter instead of the blog. It seemed to work pretty well – at least, we had an overwhelming win for girls who rock – so without further ado, let’s have a playlist!

 

This playlist was inspired by my first highlight, Outlaw.  This song made its way into my heart the first time I heard it. Emilia Quinn has been one of my favourite songwriters this year. She has such a unique storytelling style and unmatched vocal power.  Her stage presence is absolutely phenomenal, too, even over a live stream – if you haven’t caught one of her online gigs yet, I highly recommend that you do!

 

Highlight #2 has to be Homebody. I’ve been listening to Teagan Stewart on repeat since she released Taste Of My Heartbreak.  The title track is still my favourite, but the power and range of Stewart’s vocals in Homebody blew me away. I find myself air-drumming on my dashboard every time I drive around listening to this. It’s infectious.

 

Let’s go back to that conversation about stage presence for my third highlight, and talk about Lauren Jenkins. Payday is my final highlight this week. Jenkins absolutely blew me away when I saw her open for Brett Eldredge in February. She stood alone on stage with just a guitar and still matched the power, intensity and emotion of her full-band album recordings with each song. She’s another one who has been absolutely killing it with online performances throughout the various lockdowns and they’re definitely worth tuning in to.

Find the full playlist here.

 

One more down! These ladies will see you though the last week of November, for sure. Let me know your highlights, as always – and don’t forget to suggest your own playlist themes here!

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Weekly Playlist #32: drive fast

Weekly Playlist #32: drive fast

 

Buckle up, guys, we’re about to set off. This week’s playlist is drive fast, so fasten your seatbelts and settle in for the ride.

 

We’ve got some fantastic highlights today from Emilia Quinn, Donna Marie Songs and Jess Moskaluke.  First up: Mistakes.  When I first reviewed this single, I said I wanted to roll my windows down and drive around with this song blaring from the radio. I still think it’s perfect for a road trip- it’s the dirty, driving, rock-infused country we’ve come to know and love from Emilia Quinn.

 

Get Wild is another one of our early reviews, and I absolutely adore this song for long, open roads. It has the perfect pace, a great mix of beat and melody, and Donna’s voice just wows me every time.

 

Drive Me Away is my final highlight today, and you should know by now that I’ll never pass up a chance to get Jess Moskaluke on a playlist. I’ve been a huge fan since her Amen, Hallelujah days. This song in particular is a firm favourite and a staple on all of my roadtrip playlists.

 

Find the full playlist here.

 

Another one in the books – hope it sees you well through the week! Let me know your thoughts, as always – find me on social media or drop me a comment here. If you have your own playlist themes to suggest, let me know those too!

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Weekly Playlist #31: spreading my wings

weekly playlist #32: spreading my wings

 

You left us all tied up in this week’s poll for a playlist! After the tiebreaker, spreading my wings took the title with a comfortable lead. This one is a gut-wrenching collection about finding your own independence and learning to live on your own.

 

Highlights today include Homeless by our good friend Reya Jayne, Gravity by Alison Krauss and Union Station and One Way Ticket by LeAnn Rimes.

 

Reya was one of the first artists to reach out with her music back in the very early days of the blog. Homeless is the song that inspired this whole playlist!

 

Gravity is one of my oldest, truest song loves and there’s never a bad moment for it. It’s a song that can calm me, break me down and lift me up all at once.

 

One Way Ticket is my final highlight this week.  I’ve loved LeAnn Rimes since the first time I saw the music video for How Do I Live on Top Of The Pops back in the 1990s.  This song has such an exuberance to it – it perfectly encapsulates the joy of freedom, and Rimes’ voice is timeless.

 

Find the full playlist here.

 

That’s another in the books – how great are all of these songs?! Let me know what songs you would have included, and let me know YOUR highlights – find me on our social media pages and drop me a message! Don’t forget, you can submit your own playlist themes here.

 

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Weekly Playlist #30: spiced lattes & rainy afternoons

weekly playlist #30: spiced lattes & rainy afternoons

 

As autumn slowly falls away to winter, it’s fitting that we feature a playlist perfect for those autumnal afternoons. This is the perfect companion for a hot latte and a good book. It’s perfect for watching the world go by outside your window. It’s perfect to listen to whilst cuddled up under a blanket, warding off that end-of-year chill. I call this playlist spiced lattes & rainy afternoons and it does exactly what it says on the tin.

 

My highlights this week could easily include the whole playlist. This is one of my favourites to date.

 

First up is Edie by UK folk-pop artist Leddra Chapman. I saw Leddra live way back in 2011 and her storytelling blew me away. This track from her debut album has always been one of my favourites.

 

That Wasn’t Me is up next. Brandi Carlile is one of my favourite artists. She’s a complete package – from her songwriting to her singing to her musicianship, I love everything about each of her albums. This song is no different. It gives me chills every time I hear it, and the melancholy of the lyrics lends itself perfectly to this playlist.

 

Every Little Thing is my third and final highlight of the week. I still remember exactly where I was when I first heard this song. I had to snap a super quick photo of the radio screen because I just had to make sure I remembered the song and artist. It blew me away then and it still does now. From the rawness of the lyrics, the understated production, the sheer emotion packed into Pearce’s lyrical delivery – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it, or how long it’s remained on my personal playlist rotation.

 

Check out the full playlist here.

 

So, that’s our 30th weekly playlist all wrapped up! I hope you’re wrapped up against the chill too. Let me know your thoughts – I want to hear your favourite autumn songs and your highlights from my list. Catch me on our socials and drop me a comment! Don’t forget, if you have a playlist suggestion of your own, you can let me know here.

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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.

 

Find the full playlist here.

 

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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