The Album Collection, presented by The Raised On It Podcast Network, is the podcast for the diehard country music fans. We talk about the big players on the album from the artist themselves to the songwriters and producers who made the album what it is. Ever wish an artist would've released a different song as a radio single? We tackle that. We chat about hidden gems, which artists today we think should think about cutting a song off of the original album, and where the album stacks up all time with the artist's other albums.
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw (2004)
Tim McGraw's 8th studio album Live Like You Were Dying would go 4x Platinum while garnering 2 Grammy nominees. The title track "Live Like You Were Dying" would become one of Tim's signature songs of his career as it spent 7 weeks at #1 while winning both the ACM and CMA Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. But there's a lot more to the album as well. Four other songs were released all reaching Top 15, with "Back When" going to #1. Looking back, this album was crucial for Tim to bridge his success in the 90s to the mid 2000s and going forward.
It Goes Like This - Thomas Rhett (2013)
Thomas Rhett is a bonafide super start in country music. With sell out tours, platinum albums, and award show hardware, it's wild to think he's only been in our lives for 7 years. In 2013, Rhett released his debut album It Goes Like This. While it featured three #1 singles with "It Goes Like This," "Get Me Some of That", and "Make Me Wanna", this album is quite different than what we're use to. This album has TR working with different producers and a more country-rock sound than one would expect. We discuss this, some of our hidden gems and songs we wish would stay hidden, and where this album ranks with the three others on this episode.
Modern Day Drifter - Dierks Bentley (2005)
Dierks Bentley followed up his debut album with the successful sophomore album Modern Day Drifter in 2005. The album featured hits "Lot of Leavin' Left to Do" (#3), "Come a Little Closer" (#1), and "Settle for a Slowdown" (#1). While the album was successful from a singles and commercial standpoint, Aaron and Emily struggle with how to rate the rest of the album as they have a preference for his more recent music.
Lonely Grill - Lonestar (1999)
Lonestar's 3rd studio album Lonely Grill would become a career changer for the group. With songs like "Amazed" and "What About Now" was certified platinum 3x and launched the group into crossover appeal. With a new producer in Dann Huff, Lonestar ushered in a new sound which led to four #1 hits. Emily and Aaron talk about the great hidden gems that are found on this album even if they disagree on one of them.
My Kinda Party - Jason Aldean (2010)
One of the most successful albums of the last decade, Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party not only changed his career but it changed country music and ushered in a new sound. With songs like "My Kinda Party", "Don't You Wanna Stay", and "Dirt Road Anthem" Aldean went from being a rising star to a bonafide super star in country music. We talk about the top hits, hidden gems, and the talented group of songwriters on this project that included names like Thomas Rhett and Brantley Gilbert.
Take Me As I Am - Faith Hill (1993)
In 1993, a new female voice in country music burst on to the scene. Faith Hill released her debut album Take Me As I Am. The lead single "Wild One" spent 4 weeks at #1 on the charts and then she followed it up with another #1 in "Piece of My Heart." At the time dubbed by the media as the next Reba, we discuss if that's accurate or not. Aaron and Emily differ on how good this album is and where it stacks up all-time for Faith.