So iTunes made about a $30 profit in 60 minutes last night, as I perused the 100+ country music suggestions you guys sent on Facebook. I'll admit, I couldn't sample them all, but I feel like this is a solid, fun list, heavy on inspiration and slide guitar.
A couple disclaimers: I realize Sting isn't country, but in his excellent song "Fill Her Up" he mentions a V-8 engine, which is good enough for me; you need to put this on "shuffle" so you don't get too many Dixie Chicks in a row (if there is such a thing); our 1995 Toyota 4-Runner is named Old Black, in tribute to Mr. Lovett's "The Truck Song"; after hearing "Mean," I'll never say another mean word about Taylor Swift (although why is she on so many magazine covers?); this list is exactly 2 hours long, which is my goal time for Saturday; and the song "A Good Day to Run" will forever be on my playlist.
Finally, you can find this playlist on iTunes; go to Ping and look up the name "Dimity Davis", and there you'll find my first playlist labeled Country Music Marathon. A good place to sample the tunes.
Ready To Run: Dixie Chicks
Long Time Gone: Dixie Chicks
There's Your Trouble: Dixie Chicks
I've Been Everywhere: Johnny Cash
Days Go By: Keith Urban
The Truck Song: Lyle Lovett
L.A. County: Lyle Lovett
Travelin' Light: Robert Earl Keen
Stuck Like Glue: Sugarland
You Belong With Me: Taylor Swift
Mean: Taylor Swift
Beer for My Horses: Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
I'm In a Hurry (And Don't Know Why): Alabama
Standing Outside the Fire: The Country Dance Kings (A Garth Brooks song)
Fill Her Up: Sting
This Is Us: Mark Knopfler And Emmylou Harris
Lover, Lover: Jerrod Niemann
The Race Is On: Sawyer Brown
The Road Goes On Forever: Robert Earl Keen
Wild At Heart: Gloriana
If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows): Rodney Atkins
I'm from the Country: Tracy Byrd
Wait So Long: Trampled by Turtles
These Are My People : Rodney Atkins
Down In Mississippi (Up to No Good): Sugarland
Speed of Life: Sugarland
Wave On Wave: Pat Green
Happy Girl: Martina McBride
Pretender: The JaneDear Girls
A Good Day to Run: Darryl Worley
Party for Two: Shania Twain & Billy Currington
Creepin' In: Norah Jones (and Dolly P.)
That Don’t Impress Me: Shania Twain
Get Rhythm: Johnny Cash
Sof Sole has generously sponsored our appearance in Nashville; they have found a slot for us on the stage in Nashville (since neither of us play guitar, this is the only way we'd get on a stage in Nashville) at 11 a.m. on Friday morning. Then we'll be in the Sof Sole booth, signing books and selling our wares for most of the afternoon before we both take on 13.1 on race day.
Sof Sole is also sponsoring today's Hump Day giveaway, giving away a pair of hi-tech insoles and a 3-pack of performance socks to two readers. The Airr insoles, provide climate control with some serious cush and support underfoot, while the socks, which are available in a range of styles from fine-knit bamboo to blister-busting anti-friction material, give any run some extra spring.
One of my favorite songs in the above list is Mr. Cash singing "I've Been Everywhere." I'm sure your running feet have some great tales to tell. So in order to enter today's contest, you just have to answer this question: What's the most exotic/coolest/grossest/most memorable place your feet have taken you on a run?
Let us know and your feet may have some nice new accessories so they can continue on plenty of adventures.
p.s. The random winner of the Icebreaker outfit is Sally Hess, who writes this about her running fabric preferences:
Lycra, hands down. It holds all the mom parts up where they’re supposed to be. My NewBalance running skirt is my current fave. I totally love the look of the wool skort though! The asymmetry is awesome!
You get to try that asymmetrical skirt, Sally! E-mail us and we'll get you set up from head to toe in wool: runmother at gmail dot com. Congrats!