This weekend, I went to Memphis as part of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids weekend. It’s a three day seminar where radio stations basically learn how to hold radiothons for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. You visit the hospital, meet patients and their parents and learn about the mission of the hospital. It was a life changing experience.
As part of the festivities, though, was a songwriter’s. It included performances from Randy Owen of Alabama, who started Country Cares, John Oats of Hall and Oats, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Darius Rucker. The format for the night was a guitar pull, each would sing one song from their repertoire and then on to the next.
Charles opened with “I Run to You” and I had one of those, “Oh, my God, I forgot how much I love this song,” moments. The person next to me didn’t know it, so I replied, “It’s on their first album.” And that sparked a conversation. Everyone started reminiscing about how good the first Lady A album was.
The group’s self titled debut definitely made its mark. It was named double platinum for shipping two million units and garnered the group’s first chart topper, the aforementioned “I Run to You.” However, I rarely think to go back and listen to it. Which is stupid, because it’s amazing.
“Love Don’t Live Here” will always be one of my favorite country songs. The first time I heard it, I remember being so surprised by how unique and different it was. I feel that way every time I hear it.
“All We’d Ever Need” is sad and tragic, but something we can all relate to.
“Long Gone” is the perfect song for blaring with the windows rolled down.
“Love’s Lookin’ Good On You” is happy, fun and infectious. I’m telling you, listen to it once and it will be stuck in your head all day.
“Home is Where the Heart Is” is one of the sweetest story songs I have ever heard.
“Things People Say” is another song that I list among my favorite, ever. I think what really does it for me is that this is a story you hear a lot, but you rarely hear it from men. Having Charles sing lead on this one really makes it for me.
“Slow Down Sister” is another party song. And I love that it’s about that person that you aren’t in love with but you can’t give up.
“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is a perfect love song.
“One Day You Will” is a beautiful message of hope that I think we all need at some point.
Honestly, the only song on this album that I don’t love is “Lookin’ for a Good Time.” I’m sorry, but I’ve just never liked it.
All that said, I feel pretty confident saying that this is the best Lady A album.
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