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When country music is mentioned it’s often prefaced with “I listen to everything but…”. However, the genre features such big names as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, and has inspired many modern musicians.

Today’s country has bridged the gap between pop and rock and appeals to a larger audience than in years past. In fact, according to reports by Commuting in America III and Arbitron, country music was the most listened to genre during rush hour and the second most listened to during the morning commute in 2009.

This week, we’re expanding our horizons a bit to bring you a country music mixtape…

ALEXIS’ PICKS:
My country music experience directly relates to my childhood, so most of my picks are from the ’90s. Also, my favorite country artist Garth Brooks is apparently very protective of his online music presence so I could not include him in my list.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzsWaEs_dNc?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Reba McEntire | Song: Fancy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QEDb3xzdec?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Patsy Cline | Song: Crazy

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9uLKLhm0Eg?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: George Strait | Song: Amarillo by Morning

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGH_ezSw0mY?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Jo De Messina| Song: Bye Bye

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkDQ4uslrzg?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Martina McBride | Song: Independence Day


DEE’S PICKS:
I’ve never been much of a country music fan, but these are the songs that come to mind when I think of the genre.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l95D7leeU3w?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Johnny Cash| Song: Hurt

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO8C9fqC3uk?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris| Song: Love Hurts

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_nN5SpLHpA?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Byrds | Song: The Girl With No Name

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6rIniS21ok?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: George Strait | Song: Baby Blue
My dad loves Strait so I grew up listening to quite a bit of his music, especially this song.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU6c5nGtgnI?hl=en"><img src="http://thespecblog.com/wp-content/plugins/images/play-tub.png" alt="Play" style="border:0px;" /></a>Artist: Neil Young | Song: When You Dance, You can Really Love

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