Today we are listening to the nominees for Best Country Song. I don’t listen to a lot of country, so I was surprised that I really enjoyed hearing the songs in this category.
Better Than We Found It by Jessie Jo Dillon, Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, and Laura Veltz; performed by Maren Morris. An important question:
camera roll by Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, and Daniel Tashian; performed by Kacy Musgraves:
Cold by Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure, Derek Mixon, and Chris Stapleton; performed by Chris Stapleton. I love the piano intro:
Country Again by Zack Crowell, Ashley Gorley, and Thomas Rhett; performed by Thomas Rhett:
Fancy Like by Cameron Barolini, Walker Hayes, Josh Jenkins, and Shane Stevens; performed by Walker Hayes:
Remember Her Name by Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram, and Parker Welling; performed by Mickey Guyton:
So. Which song deserves the Grammy? There are two message songs, and you know how I love message songs. But Better Than We Found It feels just a little preachy to me; I like Remember Her Name just fine. I’m intrigued with the premise of camera roll, a different take on a heartbreak song. Country Again and Fancy Like are certainly good representations of country songs. The nominee I like the best, though, is Cold. But it doesn’t even sound like country; I’d categorize it as blues. If a country artist sings the blues, does that make it a country song? I guess if the nomination is legitimate, Cold is my pick for Best Country Song.
Now it’s your turn. Which song do you think should win the Grammy for Best Country Song? Do you also feel Cold doesn’t sound like country? Is there a different country song that came out in the past year that you think should have been nominated, but wasn’t? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
Have you seen the other parts of this series? Part I: Best Music Video, Part II: Song of the Year, Part III: Best Global Music Performance, Part IV: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/ Song, Part V: Best Dance/ Electronic Performance, and Part VI: Best Rock Song.
I had an enjoyable time listening to all of them, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reminding me of the power of songs to uplift our souls. For me, someone born in Tennessee and a lover of country music since I was a little girl, Cold was the most country of the songs and the one I would pick for the award. Cold reminded me of Johnny Cash and George Strait and Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, heartbreaking songs that everyone can identify with.
I loved seeing the women represented, and the song Better Than We found it was so wonderful to me as a Black woman who is scared to be black in the America of today, where race is being legislated out of schools, as though that will make the hate go away. But, my second choice would be, It’s Good to be Country Again, because I moved back to the South from California where I was teaching, and there is a difference, and I am glad to be in the South again, because it’s what I know. Here I know how to stay safe and places not to go. But, although I liked them all, I didn’t understand Camera Roll, and that may be a generational thing.
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I’m so glad that you, who listen to a lot of country music, validated Cold as a country song. Now I feel better about that being my first choice.
I don’t understand the VIDEO for camera roll, other than being devastated after a breakup.
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