Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Tunes Tuesday - Patriotic Country

This is a special "Independence Day" edition of New Tunes Tuesday for this week.

If you want to find great patriotic music to celebrate this July 4th, look no further than country music. Some of the best anthems to the red, white and blue come from country artists. I've put together a list of some of my favorites below.

Notable tracks are Made In America, Home, If You're Reading This, and God Bless The USA. Be sure to give those a listen.

"Made in America" is sung by Toby Keith, the patriotic king of country music. He's written a lot of songs in tribute of our great nation. This song is one of three that I have included on my playlist. The lyrics of this one specifically talks about supporting America by buying only American made products.

I was always get chills when I listen to "Home" by Dierks Bentley. Everybody's idea of America is different, and this song celebrates just that. "Free, nothing feels like free / Though it sometimes means we don’t get along / Cause same, no we're not the same / But that’s what makes us strong." Couldn't have said it better myself.

Make sure you get a box of Kleenex before playing "If You're Reading This" by Tim McGraw. This song is for the families of fallen soldiers - a letter intended to be read after they have died. It was a surprise tribute sung at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2007 and was released to radio shortly thereafter.

The classic patriotic song for me is Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA." It was released as a single in 1984. It gained popularity during Desert Storm in 1991 and the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It took on a new meaning during each event, but it's always been about hope, unity, and life in this great nation of ours.

Happy Birthday, America! Celebrate, be safe, and enjoy!


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