Dipping Into The Country Bin

The real world intrudes this morning, so I’m going to have to offer a brief post and come back tomorrow with a few thoughts about a mid-1960s album that both made me laugh and educated me.

For this morning, however, as it is the thirty-first day of the month, I thought I’d sort the tunes in the RealPlayer by performer, find out who ranks thirty-first and then find a random tune from that performer or group. I’m not going to tell you who ranks first right now; I’m thinking of doing a post on the Top 20 sometime in the next week or so. And most folks who’ve stopped by here regularly can probably figure that out without too much effort, anyway.

As it turns out, there’s a tie for the thirty-first spot in my performer standings: I have 121 mp3s by both Al Stewart and Brooks & Dunn. Since I featured Al Stewart not that long ago, we’ll go country this morning, digging into Brooks & Dunn’s catalog.

Since the release of their first album, Brand New Man, in 1991, Brooks & Dunn have racked up twenty No. 1 hits on the country chart among more than forty singles that reached the country Top 40. So how do I choose which tune to highlight here in this brief post? I sorted the 121 mp3s by running time and counted down to the thirty-first. That turned out to be “He’s Got You,” which went to No. 2 on the country chart in 1998.


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