Music On Mondays: Week Of 10/25/21


Pistol Annies’ cover for “If We Make It Through December”

One of the most striking moments on Hell of a Holiday, the brand-new Christmas album from the Pistol Annies, comes when Miranda Lambert begins singing Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December.” Initially accompanied by nothing more than a faint church organ, Lambert accentuates the down-and-out spirit of Haggard’s 1973 Christmas song by slowing the tempo and emphasizing the song’s working-class despair.

Jordana Bryant’s new cover for “I Hope You Dance”

Jordana Bryant covered Lee Ann Womack’s classic song, with her signature spin! She says it is one of the songs that made her fall in love with country music. “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean. Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance, and when you get the choice to sit it out or dance. I hope you dance.” Her fresh take on classic songs make us fall in love with them all over again!

Devon Beck’s new single “Say To You”

Throughout the single, she writes like they were pulled straight from Beck’s deepest memories to detail her pain. “No matter what I do I can’t shake the feeling I get when I hear your name / I won’t lie, after all this time, I’d do anything to make this right / Seems like all of our memories can’t just be blurred even with a little whiskey / Now too far gone for you to move on / I could just go on and on / All the things that I don’t want to say to you.”

Ava Rowland’s new single “Ghost”

“How many of you think about your past and the mistakes you made in life? Do you struggle with forgiving yourself for making those mistakes? I bet you’re answering yes to these questions,” shares Ava. “My single Ghost was written about this exact thing. We dig up our past and wonder what our lives would’ve been like if things had turned out differently. Our thoughts can be like ghosts haunting us…so many ghosts. I hope this song touches you when you listen to it as much as it touched me while I was writing it.”

Shannon LaBrie’s new video for “Raining Hallelujah”

The video was directed by Sarah Holbrook and shot in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO. When discussing working with Holbrook, Shannon commented, “The music video for “Raining Hallelujah” had to be as big visually as the song felt. For me personally, that meant the Colorado mountains, and I knew my dear friend and native Coloradan Sarah Holbrook would be able to understand the inspiration and create a visual that would share the message of this song. Working with a good friend was a great honor. It also gave me the freedom to be myself and to let my emotions show.”

Christina Taylor’s new video for “Damn Boy”

The video, directed by Lexy Burke, follows Christina and her boyfriend as their relationship blossoms, only to find Christina realizing that her commitment is more than that of the “Damn Boy.” “The most challenging part of a video is making sure I’m getting the point of the song across visually, that’s why it’s really important that I have a director that I’m comfortable with and can help me get my point across and Lexy was there for me.”

Daisy Briggs’ new single “Broke My Own Heart”

“It’s a very personal story for me—a kind of apology to someone I once dated who did everything right. It’s about the things I wish I could take back,” says Briggs. “Sometimes you think you’re making the right decision, but in retrospect, you realize you’ve let fear dictate your actions. I was afraid of letting someone get close to me, so not only did I hurt him; I broke my own heart, too.”

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