Welcome back to another weekly playlist! This week it’s the turn of the writer, and as a writer myself, I always want to celebrate the wordsmiths. In country music, maybe more than any other genre, there’s a huge community of songwriters who write for one another, and this playlist was curated to celebrate that. Here, you’ll find renditions of songs by the artists who wrote them – even if they weren’t the ones to popularise them.
My first highlight today is Mama’s Broken Heart. I have loved this song since I first heard it on Miranda Lambert’s album, but when I found out that it was written by Kacey Musgraves – and then heard Kacey’s own version – I loved it even more. Where Miranda had fire and sass in her interpretation, Musgrave sings the song with more resignation and disappointment and with that, the song makes sense all over again.
My second highlight is What If I Never Get Over You. This was such an easy one to choose. The moment I heard this on Ryan Hurd’s EOM EP, I knew I loved it even more than Lady A’s smash hit single. Hearing how Hurd wrote the song – imagining losing his wife – tugged at my heartstrings, and the rawness in his delivery just tips me over the edge. I’ve cried to this song more times than I care to admit.
Finally, Truth #2 by one of my all-time favourite songwriters, Patty Griffin. I’ve known this song as a The Chicks song for a long time, but I’ve only recently learned that it was penned by Griffin. In this interview, Griffin discusses the song and how it came to be included on The Chicks’ album ‘Home’. I love not only the sound of this song, but the relevancy of the lyrics – even so many years later.
Since it’s Valentine’s Day, give a little love to your favourite writer today. Give them a like, a follow, maybe even stream a song. Don’t forget, you can choose next week’s playlist on Twitter & Instagram and you can always suggest your own themes for future playlists here!