I’ve been waiting for someone to pick this song.
And the Gold Chain Cowboy himself, Mr. Parker McCollumcame through with his for me Sad country songs make me happy feature selection.
There’s just nothing quite like a sad country song, and if you follow Whiskey Riff in any form, you know how much we all love them here.
And since some of my current favorite artists in the genre have written some of my favorite saddest songs that hurt so much, I wanted to know which of their favorite songs inspired them to write soul-crushing music like George, Willie, Merle, Waylon and all the other country -Sizes.
So much for this new one Sad Country Songs series, we heard some great picks Whiskey Myers frontman Cody Cannon, Wade Bowenthe corn queen Hailey Whittersthe one and only Miranda Lambert, Graycie York, Riley Green, Randall Kingand today Parker gives us his favorite.
Presented by our friends at Templeton Distillery, he says his sad country song is all his Willy Nelson:
“The most popular sad country song would be ‘Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning’ by
First off, it’s a great hook. Super well written and Willie’s voice is probably my favorite voice
of all country music of all time.
Everything he sings is worth its weight in gold, but there’s just a certain kind of heartbreak in this song that can’t be found anywhere else.”
“Last thing I needed, first thing I wanted this morning” was written by Gary Nunn and Donna Farar and released as the third single from Willie’s legendary 1982 album. Always in my thought, and eventually reached #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
Parker loves classic country and says these old sad heartthrobs are a big influence on his own writing, now as an artist who also has a fantastic catalog of some great sad songs:
“I think sad songs take you back to the time you remember when you first heard them. I wouldn’t necessarily say I listen to any new sad songs.
It’s always old sad songs that influence my songwriting so much.”
He added that country music and sadness are synonymous and that it’s the truest emotion we can feel as human beings and that’s why it stays with you forever:
“The truest feeling in the world and country music is sadness. Happy songs are great and all, but sad songs are the ones that I feel like will stay with you forever.
They are remembered forever and are always there when you need them.”
Amen to that, Parker…
And this heartthrob by Willie Nelson is absolutely one of my absolute favorites too. It works every time:
And one of my favorites by Parker is “I Can’t Breathe” from his 2017 release Probably wrong Recording:
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