OFFSTAGE: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Make Rolling Stone List

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Rolling Stone, I love you. I love that when you were compiling your “50 Best Singles of 2011,” you didn’t look the other way when it came to country. And furthermore, I love that the country songs you put on that list weren’t released as singles. That means you actually listened to the entire albums — and not just the songs being played on the radio. (Even though those were pretty list-worthy, too.) So you put Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” at 26 and Eric Church’s “Springsteen” at 30. Rolling Stone calls the Lambert track a “rip-roaring song about going ballistic after a breakup.” Which is sort of true, but what it’s also about is the girl’s mom’s advice after said break-up: “Go and fix your makeup girl/It’s just a breakup/Run and hide your crazy, and start acting like a lady,” and how “I raised you better/Gotta keep it together/Even when you fall apart.” As for the Church song, the magazine says he pays tribute to the Garden State’s greatest rocker and the memories his songs evoke. No arguing with that or with lyrics like, “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.” It’s kind of the guy’s version of Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw,” if you think about it.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.