Winter Tracks: Toby Keith, Bobby Bare and More

Americana, Bluegrass and Singer-Songwriters Bring Great Music

If you like to give the gift of music or maybe feel like discovering something new as the year winds down, here are some cool tracks released over the last few months that are worth a listen.

CMT viewers may have already seen the videos for Toby Keith’s “Hope on the Rocks,” Taylor Swift’s “Begin Again” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.” Meanwhile, Nashville star Hayden Panettiere keeps an eye on country music with “Telescope,” and Uncle Kracker insists that “Nobody’s Sad on a Saturday Night.”

Classic country fans might also enjoy Bobby Bare’s eloquent “I Was a Young Man Once,” Junior Brown’s snappy “Hang Up and Drive” and Billy Dean’s flirtatious “I Can’t Leave a Good Thing.” Other personal favorites include Kathy Mattea’s “Hello, My Name Is Coal,” Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s “You Can’t Hold Me Back” and the Time Jumpers’ “On the Outskirts of Town,” featuring Vince Gill.

In the realms of bluegrass and Americana, it may be easier to list these extensive offerings as a list, presented in alphabetical order. Same goes for the abundance of singer-songwriters.

Americana
Atteberry Station, “A Girl Like Her”
The Bergamot, “The Southern Line”
Bedhed and Blondy, “Down South”
Black Prairie, “Nowhere, Massachusetts”
Birds of Chicago, “Cannonball”
City Dwelling Nature Seekers, “Winter Year”
The Departed, “Hobo”
Forest Sun, “Just Begun”
Goodnight, Texas, “Jesse Got Trapped in a Coal Mine”
Janis Martin, “As Long as I’m Movin’”
Miss Tess, “If You Wanna Be My Man”
No Justice, “Never Gonna Be Enough”
Rosehill, “Believe Me”
Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, “Tracks”
Spirit Family Reunion, “I Am Following the Sound
The Wood Brothers, “Luckiest Man” (live)
World Famous Headliners, “Take Me Back”
Yarn, “Shake This Thing”

Bluegrass
Darin & Brooke Aldridge, “Corn” (live)
American Drive, “Cowboys Still Act Like Cowboys”
The Coal Porters, “Barefoot on the Courthouse Lawn”
Detour, “Quarterline Road”
Elephant Revival, “Don’t Drift Too Far”
The Foghorn Stringband, “Be Kind to a Man While He’s Down”
The Giving Tree Band, “I Can’t Stay”
The Hillbenders, “Train Whistle”
The Infamous Stringdusters, “The Place That I Call Home”
Bo Isaacs and the Rounders, “As Close as I Can Get”
Kathy Kallick Band, “Time”
Lonesome River Band, “Long Gone”
MilkDrive, “Waves”
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, “A Blue Million Tears”
Nu-Blu, “Martha and Mary”
Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, “Climbing Up a Mountain”
Peter Ostroushko, “Paddy on the Turnpike”
The Roys, “New Day Dawning”
Tim Smith, “Broadway Limited”
Niall Toner, “Remember Me”
Town Mountain, “Up the Ladder”

Singer-Songwriters
Nels Andrews, “Three Hermits”
Rayland Baxter, “Driveway Melody”
Barney Bentall, “Her Beautiful Mind”
Lachlan Bryan, “The Sweet and Bitter End”
Marian Call, “Highway Five”
Antje Duvekot, “Sleepy Sea of Indigo and Blue”
Aaron Embry, “Moon of the Daylit Sky”
Don Felder, “Fall From the Grace of Love”
Samantha Harlow, “Firefly in a Jar”
John Hiatt, “It All Comes Back Someday”
Derek Hoke, “Lonely Street”
Patterson Hood, “Depression Era”
Joshua James, “From the Top of Willamette Mountain”
Michael Johnson, “The Day I’m Over You”
James Justin & Co., “Metal City”
Lucy Kaplansky, “Reunion”
Paul Kelly, “These Little Aches and Pains”
Ben Kyle, “Minneapolis”
Jimmy LaFave, “Clear Blue Sky”
Jesse Lafser, “Land in Sight”
Kermit Lynch, “Donuts and Coffee”
Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, “That’s Not Even Why I Love You”
Lindi Ortega, “Cigarettes & Truckstops”
Chris Pickering, “Howl”
Jim Reynolds, “My Kicking Feet”
Jake Shimabukuro, “Gone Fishing”
Tom Skinner, “Christal”
Angel Snow, “Lie Awake”
Aaron Watson, “Raise Your Bottle”

As you can see, there’s no shortage of music for adventurous music fans to usher in 2013.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.