of you that have been to a Cracker Barrel restaurant know they
not only have great food and a great atmosphere but they also
play great country music in the background. Well, they have
compiled an album of just that; great country songs. All of
the songs on this album have earned either a Grammy Award,
Country Music Association Award or the Academy of Country
Music Award, so the songs have not only proven themselves in
the country music industry, but are familiar favorites of
country fans across the country and around the world.
Now for the twist! You wonít hear the
original artists performing the songs on this album but donít
fret because you are sure to recognize the names of the
wonderful artists who are singing them.
The first title, "Dang Me," was a
big hit in 1964 when it won a Grammy. The song was written,
and originally performed, by the dynamic and peerless, Roger
Miller, well, imagine Willie Nelson and Jack Ingram coming
together for a duet on this one. Sounds like a fantastic
match, doesnít it? And it is! With Nelsonís dynamic
vocals, and Ingram as his crooning counterpart, these two are
able to effortlessly transport you back to that era and make
you wish you could jump in a time machine so you could go back
there and enjoy this traditional country music all the time.
And thatís just the beginning!
CMA song of the year in 1997,
"Strawberry Wine," originally recorded by Deana
Carter, is on this album also; only in this incarnation itís
recorded by The Wreckers! And it only gets better from here.
Trace Adkins makes his mark on this album with "Sunday
Morniní Cominí Down," the CMA song of the year in
1970; originally written and performed by Kris Kristofferson.
Iím not sure if Adkins chose to do this song or if it was
chosen for him, but I canít imagine a better voice for this
one. His low mellow voice could earn this one even more
awards. Adkins really did Kristofferson justice on this
There is quite an impressive artist line up
with other hits covered by Trisha Yearwood, Jo Dee Messina,
and there is also a delightful duet with Dierks Bentley and
George Jones. Some of the titles included are "Murder on
Music Row," "When I call Your Name," "City
of New Orleans" and many more country music
favorites from the past. This unique collection of Songs of
the Year was recorded exclusively for Cracker Barrel so
the next time you are in one of their stores; I would urge you
to pick up a copy. A stroll down a musical memory lane is all
the more enjoyable when you can make the journey with some of
your favorite new artists.