Happy Mother’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to [...] Read More

Merle Haggard Offers Lindsay Lohan Advice

No one is making more headlines for a jail term in July 2010 than Lindsay Lohan, who will likely be released next week following a 13-day stay, acccording to The Los Angeles Times. Lindsay’s getting about 250 pieces of mail a day, though she can only keep 10 letters at a time under jail rules. Which is a lot more mail than some guy named Merle Haggard got when he was incarcerated. A longtime member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Merle was famously thrown into San Quentin Prison when he was 19 — that line in his classic “Mama Tried” that says “I turned 21 in prison” is absolutely true. Watching Lindsay’s story from a distance, Merle is concerned about the actress’ future. His stay behind bars sobered Merle up a bit about life. He’s hopeful that it does the same for her. Read More

Chris Young Has a Tin “Man” No. 1 Party

When Chris Young spent multiple weeks at No. 1 with “The Man I Want To Be,” he had the perfect reason to throw a party. Even better, he found the perfect time, celebrating the feat with songwriters Brett James and Tim Nichols at the Tin Roof in Nashville on Thursday, the first day of wall-to-wall concerts during the CMA Music Festival. Chris made the most of it. Not only did he perform a few of his own songs for the party, hosted by RCA and BMI, but he also brought up classic-country singer Gene Watson for a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” “The Man I Want To Be” repeated the success of Chris’ previous release, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” which also topped all the other singles on the national chart. The long-term significance of that accomplishment is not lost on him. Read More