Casey tweeted to his fans three new Songs of the Day today. And, in light of his recent officially official signing to a country label, one would not be surprised to find the short list to be long on twang. So let's take a listen:
First up is High on a Mountain Top by Marty Stuart. I'll give you two versions, the recorded version and a live one, since I think Casey was talking about the album version.
Personally, I prefer the second, live version, a little better than the record. It's more bluesy, especially the picking during the entertaining lead-in to the song. Still a heck-load of country for me and that last sustained note on the live video was a little bit off to my ears. But I hate, I mean really, really hate, to admit it, but this is good. Loved the guitar, loved the melody, and this Marty Stuart guy (is he new? -- kidding!), he's good. I might be willing to listen again when it's not my (unpaid) job. Nice choice.
For the next song, all I can say is, are you ready to rock? I sure as heck am!! Yeah, baby. Van Halen -- When it's Love.
Casey's story about this song -- "It may have been the first time I heard loud music. :) I will never forget the feeling that I got" -- of course gives it special meaning to him and resonates with his fans. Although he doesn't say it, one wonders whether he was at all influenced or inspired by the great Eddie Van Halen when he later picked up a guitar. It's nice to see Casey still in touch with his rock roots!
The last song for today is Put Some Drive in Your Country. I couldn't find a code to embed, so you'll have to click here to see the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_Dmj6uDecs&feature=fvw
It's an interesting song, a paean to country music -- which makes a lot of sense as a song choice for Casey to share with his fans. It's described as southern rock and while it sounds like country to me, it's a good melody, Tritt has a decent voice, there's some nice guitar work in it, and it doesn't make me break out in a rash.
All in all, a very successful country-flavored SOTD. Enjoy!