Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 03/19/2017: Beauty and the Beast, Chuck Berry, and More!

Tonight’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown featured a great mix of music and conversation. As usual, we were all over the map musically. We also had a discussion of the new Beauty and the Beast Live Action movie with Megan and Rebekah. Originally, the discussion was to be done over Skype, but due to technical issues, I had them both in studio! We discussed the movie, as well as the controversy surrounding it.

In addition to our Beauty and the Beast discussion, we also paid tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90. We featured six of Chuck’s originals along with three covers.

As always, catch us live at 7:00 PM East on Sunday nights on XTFM!

Playlist

  1. Emma Watson, Luke Evans & Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Belle
  2. Thrice, Black Honey
  3. Candlebox, Cover Me
  4. Montgomery Gentry, What Do You Think About That
  5. Jackson Taylor & the Sinners, Cocaine
  6. Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Proud Souls
  7. Chuck Berry, School Day
  8. Chuck Berry, Too Much Monkey Business
  9. Chuck Berry, Rock And Roll Music
  10. Chuck Berry, Maybellene
  11. Chuck Berry, My Ding-A-Ling
  12. Chuck Berry, Nadine
  13. Electric Light Orchestra, Roll Over Beethoven
  14. The Rolling Stones, Memphis Tennessee
  15. Waylon Jennings, Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  16. Josh Gad, Luke Evans & Ensemble – Beauty and the Beast, Gaston
  17. Dan Stevens, Evermore
  18. Céline Dion & Peabo Bryson, Beauty and the Beast
  19. Ariana Grande & John Legend, Beauty and the Beast
  20. Hanna-McEuen, Something Like a Broken Heart
  21. Midland, Drinkin’ Problem
  22. Florida Georgia Line, H.O.L.Y.
  23. Jon Pardi, Heartache On The Dance Floor
  24. Randy Houser, Like A Cowboy
  25. Jim Croce, Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)
  26. Ed Sheeran, Shape of You
  27. ed Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud
  28. Sick Puppies, There’s No Going Back
  29. Passenger, Let Her Go
  30. Lukas Graham, 7 Years
  31. Blue October, Hate Me
  32. Tonic, Open Up Your Eyes
  33. Michelle Branch, Are You Happy Now?
  34. Nickelback, Never Gonna Be Alone
  35. Ryan Adams, Somehow, Someday
  36. DC Talk, Between You And Me
  37. DC Talk, The Hardway
  38. Jars Of Clay, Love Song For A Savior
  39. Petra, We Need Jesus
  40. Guardian, Power Of Love
  41. Third Day, God of Wonders
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 03/12/2017: A Great Mix of Old, New, and Everything In Between!

This week’s edition of the Meltdown, as always, was lots of fun. Plenty of good music, a cover comparison, and the return of the Request Page! Of course, there is a reason we play the disclaimer at the beginning. Most of the show was cclean, but there a couple NSFW moments here.

We had a great mix of music from the 60’s through today. We also brought you new stuff from Reba McEntire, Midland, Josh Turner, and much more. The cover Comparison pitted Faith No More up against The Commodores.

As always, catch the show live Sunday nights at 7:00 PM East. Go to XTFM for listen links, or search for X Transmission FM on TuneIn Radio or the OoTunes App.

Playlist

  1. Metallica, Atlas, Rise!
  2. Metallica, Fade To Black
  3. Avenged Sevenfold, Afterlife
  4. Sister Hazel, All For You
  5. Tonic, You Wanted More
  6. Midland, Drinkin’ Problem
  7. Reba McEntire, Back to God
  8. Josh Turner, Hometown Girl
  9. Kip Moore, I’m To Blame
  10. Brantley Gilbert, Bro Code
  11. Jeremy Plato and the Departed, 11 Months and 29 Days
  12. Commodores, Easy
  13. Faith No More, I’m Easy
  14. Los Bravos, Black Is Black
  15. Zombies, Time Of The Season
  16. The Hollies, The Air That I Breathe
  17. The Cars, Moving in Stereo
  18. 38 Special, If I’d Been The One
  19. The Marshall Tucker Band, In My Own Way
  20. Lynyrd Skynyrd, That Smell
  21. Blackfoot, Left Turn On A Red Light
  22. Foghat, Drivin’ Wheel
  23. Wheeler Walker Jr., Better Off Beatin’ Off [Request]
  24. Wheeler Walker Jr., Can’t Fuck You off My Mind
  25. Robin McAuley, Anytime (Re-Recording)
  26. McAuley-Schenker Group, Time
  27. UFO, Natural Thing [Live]
  28. Aranda, Still In the Dark
  29. Black Stone Cherry, Stay
  30. Halestorm, I Miss The Misery
  31. Papa Roach, Scars
  32. Five Finger Death Punch, Remember Everything
  33. Eric Church, Like a Wrecking Ball
  34. Brett Young, In Case You Didn’t Know
  35. Mickey Gilley, A Headache Tomorrow (Or A Heartache Tonight)
  36. Bellamy Brothers, Lie To You For Your Love
  37. Chris Tomlin, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  38. Third Day, Trust in Jesus
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 03/05/2017: The Birthday Edition

Tonight’s edition of the Meltdown wound up being a themed edition. Originally, I was going to have Megan and Rebekah on to discuss the Lee Brice/Justin Moore concert we were going to attend on March 4. Unfortunately, Justin Moore was hit with an illness, and the show has been rescheduled. So, we will go to the concert on April 19. They will appear on the show on April 23.

For tonight’s musical entertainment, as my birthday is today and Megan’s is coming up on Thursday, I featured our years of birth. We played songs that were released and/or charted in 1978 and 1980. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Playlist

  1. UFO, Only You Can Rock Me
  2. Van Halen, Feel Your Love Tonight
  3. Joe Walsh, Life’s Been Good
  4. Exile, Kiss You All Over
  5. Eric Clapton, Lay Down Sally
  6. Jerry Rafferty, Baker Street
  7. Foreigner, Hot Blooded
  8. Rod Stewart, You’re In My Heart
  9. Kansas, Dust In The Wind
  10. Eddie Money, Baby Hold On
  11. John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, Summer Nights
  12. Jackson Browne, Running On Empty
  13. Boston, Don’t Look Back
  14. Electric Light Orchestra, Turn To Stone
  15. Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to bbe Cowboys
  16. Johnny Paycheck, Take This Job And Shove It
  17. Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love
  18. Emmylou Harris, Two More Bottles Of Wine
  19. Merle Haggard & Leona Williams, The Bull And The Beaver
  20. Kenny Rogers & Dottie West, Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight
  21. John Conlee, Rose Colored Glasses
  22. Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn, You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
  23. AC/DC, Back in Black
  24. Blondie, Call Me
  25. Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall (2)
  26. Queen, Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  27. Billy Joel, It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me
  28. Bette Midler, The Rose
  29. Styx, Babe
  30. Christopher Cross, Sailing
  31. Eagles, Heartache Tonight
  32. Bob Seger, Against The Wind
  33. Pure Prairie League, Let Me Love You Tonight
  34. Pat Benatar, Heartbreaker
  35. Genesis, Misunderstanding
  36. Tom Petty, Refugee
  37. Foghat, Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)
  38. Oak Ridge Boys, Trying To Love Two Women
  39. Mickey Gilley, Stand By Me
  40. Johnny Lee, Lookin’ For Love
  41. Conway Twitty, I’d Just Love To Lay You Down
  42. Black Sabbath, Lonely Is The Word
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 02/26/2017

Tonight’s edition of Wes’s Musical Meltdown on XTFM was lots of fun. We had new music from Little Big Town, a cover comparison, and all of the variety you’ve come to expect from the show.

Next week, join me for the Birthday Show! We’ll have a repap of the Lee Brice/Justin Moore show coming to Columbus, and possibly a couple guests.

Remember, catch us live at 7:00 PM East on Sunday evenings. You can download the show from iTunes and from my website. Lots of ways to listen!

Playlist

  1. The Who, Won’t Get Fooled Again
  2. Gregg Allman Band, I’m No Angel
  3. Pink Floyd, Hey You
  4. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lucky Man
  5. The Band, The Weight
  6. Hillary Scott And The Scott Family, Thy Will [Request]
  7. Hillary Scott And The Scott Family, Love Remains
  8. Casting Crowns, Joyful, Joyful
  9. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  10. Little Big Town, Happy People
  11. Little Big Town, We Went To The Beach
  12. Little Big Town, Better Man
  13. Little Big Town, When Someone Stops Loving You
  14. AC/DC, You Shook Me All Night Long
  15. Big & Rich, You Shook Me All Night Long
  16. UFO, The Killing Kind
  17. UFO, Rock Bottom
  18. Rainbow, Stone Cold
  19. Gary Moore, Don’t Take Me For A Loser
  20. Blake Shelton, Every Time I Hear That Song
  21. Brantley Gilbert, Smokin’ Gun
  22. The Bottle Rockets, Smokin’ 100’s Alone
  23. Chris Knight, Run from Your Memory
  24. Charlie Robison, If The Rain Don’t Stop
  25. Sons of Bill, Broken Bottles
  26. Josh Abbott Band, All Of A Sudden
  27. Radney Foster, Nobody Wins
  28. Buckcherry, The Feeling Never Dies (feat. Gretchen Wilson)
  29. Gretchen Wilson, Work Hard, Play Harder
  30. The Marshall Tucker Band, Heard It In A Love Song
  31. The Guess Who, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
  32. Blackfoot, Left Turn On A Red Light
  33. Chris Ledoux, Five Dollar Fine
  34. Chris Young, Think Of You (duet with Cassadee Pope)
  35. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cry Lonely
  36. Reckless Kelly, Nobody’s Girl
  37. Micky & The Motorcars, Careless
  38. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips At Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long
  39. Lee Brice, Drinking Class
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 02/19/2017

This week’s edition of the Meltdown started out a little rocky. We had a late start and a couple technical hiccups. Once we got past that, it was a fun show. Lots of new music, a cover comparison, and a bit of audience interaction. Over all, a fun show. Enjoy!

Playlist

  1. RED SUN RISING, Amnesia
  2. RED SUN RISING, Emotionless
  3. Miranda Lambert, We Should Be Friends
  4. Miranda Lambert, Runnin’ Just in Case
  5. Brad Paisley, Ticks [Request]
  6. Blake Shelton, She’s Got A Way With Words [Request]
  7. David Nail, Kiss You Tonight
  8. Bart Crow Band, Wear My Ring
  9. Casey Donahew Band, Fallen
  10. Eli Young Band, Enough Is Enough
  11. Black Star Riders, Heavy Fire
  12. Black Star Riders, Dancing with the Wrong Girl
  13. Black Star Riders, Thinking About You Could Get Me Killed
  14. Thin Lizzy, Cowboy Song
  15. Thin Lizzy, Borderline
  16. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens
  17. Halestorm, Heathens
  18. UFO, Back Into My Life
  19. McAuley-Schenker Group, When I’m Gone
  20. Gary Moore, Empty Rooms
  21. Brantley Gilbert, Outlaw In Me
  22. Little Big Town, Better Man
  23. Brett Young, You Ain’t Here To Kiss Me
  24. Jason Aldean, Any Ol’ Barstool
  25. Eric Church, Round Here Buzz
  26. Jeremy Plato and the Departed, Walk on By
  27. Cross Canadian Ragweed, Run to Me
  28. Robert Earl Keen, Feeling Good Again (live)
  29. Stoney LaRue, Texas Moon
  30. Guy Clark, She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
  31. David Crowder Band, All Creatures Of Our God And King
  32. Jeremy Camp, Walk By Faith
  33. Kutless, Word of God Speak
  34. Casting Crowns, If We Are the Body
  35. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  36. Third Day, Cry Out To Jesus [Live]
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 02/12/2017: Pre-Valentine’s Day Edition

Tonight, Wes’s Musical Meltdown returned to the regular timeslot on XTFM, 7:00 PM East on Sunday evenings. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we did a mostly love songs edition. Included in the mix were popular favorites, some break-up songs, some…songs about the wild side of love…And much more.

I also discussed the Grammys as well as gave a review of the movie A Dog’s Purpose.

Always feel free to click the chat link at the XTFM website and join us during the shows, and don’t forget about all of our other great programming!

Playlist

  1. Bonnie Tyler, Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  2. Air Supply, Making Love Out Of Nothing At All
  3. April Wine, Just Between You And Me
  4. Eric Church, Love Your Love the Most
  5. Jon Pardi, Head Over Boots
  6. Canaan Smith, Love You Like That
  7. Kevin Bloody Wilson, Don’t Touch Your Sister (A Tasmanian Love Song)
  8. Rodney Carrington, It’s Too Late (Duet With Lisa Cochran)
  9. Trixter, One In A Million
  10. Danger Danger, Feels Like Love
  11. Steelheart, I’ll Never Let You Go
  12. Thunder, Love Walked In
  13. Daughtry, Over You
  14. The J. Geils Band, Love Stinks
  15. Nazareth, Love Hurts
  16. Michael Bolton, How Am I Supposed To Live Without You
  17. Sweet Sensation, If Wishes Came True
  18. Timmy T., One More Try
  19. Reckless Kelly, Best Forever Yet
  20. Cody Canada & The Departed, Burden
  21. Cole Swindell, Ain’t Worth The Whiskey
  22. Chris Young, Sober Saturday Night (Feat. Vince Gill)
  23. Luke Bryan, Strip It Down
  24. Jason Aldean, Why
  25. Lee Greenwood, Hearts Aren’t Made to break (They’re Made to Love)
  26. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Stand A Little Rain
  27. Montgomery Gentry, She Don’t Tell Me To
  28. Brantley Gilbert, Stone Cold Sober
  29. Kelsea Ballerini, Love Me Like You Mean It
  30. All That Remains, What If I Was Nothing
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  31. Adelitas Way, Last Stand

  32. Motley Crue, Without You
  33. Extreme, More Than Words
  34. Marvin Gaye, Lets Get It On
  35. Color Me Badd, I Wanna Sex You Up
  36. Halestorm, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You (Heart cover)
  37. W.A.S.P., Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)
  38. Whitesnake, Slide It In
  39. Rascal Flatts, Bless The Broken Road
  40. Gary Allan, The One
  41. Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Don’t Know Much
  42. Journey, When You Love a Woman
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown Test Broadcast 02/10/2017

Today’s show was supposed to be a test broadcast in advance of the return to the regular Sunday night spot at 7:00 PM East on XTFM, but wound up being a two-hour show. There was a technical hiccup which caused us to drop for a bit and have to come back, but in that, I believe we’ve found the issue. It looks to be a bad ethernet port or cable…So, doing this via WiFi. And…Hey…It worked.

Today’s show was a good mix of rock, country, and even a bit of pop. We had new music from Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, and more.

Join me at 7:00 PM East on Sunday night as we return to the regular Meltdown time slot. This Sunday will be the pre-Valentine’s Day edition, featuring mostly love songs of many varieties.

Playlist

  1. Loverboy, Working for the Weekend
  2. 38 special, Rockin’ into the night
  3. Eagles, Heartache Tonight
  4. Diamond Rio, Meet In The Middle
  5. Halestorm, Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
  6. Great White, Face The Day
  7. Faster Pussycat, Where There’s A Whip There’s A Way [Played in honor of a certain movie coming out today]
  8. Tesla, Gettin’ Better
  9. Asia, Heat of the Moment
  10. Asia, Only Time Will Tell
  11. Rod Stewart, Maggie May
  12. Richard Marx, Nothing Left Behind Us
  13. Our Lady Peace, Somewhere Out There
  14. Zac Brown Band, My Old Man
  15. Thomas Rhett, Playing With Fire
  16. Brett Young, You Ain’t Here To Kiss Me
  17. Keith Urban, The Fighter (feat. Carrie Underwood)
  18. Little Big Town, Better Man
  19. Brett Eldredge, Wanna Be That Song
  20. Eric Church, Round Here Buzz
  21. Lukas Graham, 7 Years
  22. Meghan Trainor, No
  23. Twenty One Pilots, Heathens
  24. Florida Georgia Line, H.O.L.Y.
  25. Elle King, Ex’s & Oh’s
  26. Dierks Bentley, Different For Girls (feat. Elle King)
  27. Wiz Khalifa, See You Again
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Wes’s Musical Meltdown for 11/13/2016

Last night, Wes’s Musical Meltdown returned to XTFM after an unplanned hiatus due to internet issues, job ttraining, and illness. It felt good to be back. Some drops occurred, but in spite of those, I’m quite proud of this show. We had the Cover Comparison, a tribute to Seattle rock in honor of the Seahawks playing the Patriots, and lots of new music.

Playlist

  1. Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage
  2. Amaranthe, Drop Dead Cynical
  3. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, I Believe in Father Christmas
  4. Sully Erna, Different Kind of Tears
  5. Godsmack, Something Different
  6. Matchbox 20, Push
  7. Tonic, Take Me As I Am
  8. Goo Goo Dolls, Iris
  9. Hells Fire Sinners, Aint A Damned Thing Changed
  10. Our Lady Peace, Somewhere Out There
  11. Maren Morris, 80’s Mercedes
  12. Jason Aldean, Whiskey’d Up
  13. Big & Rich, Holy Water
  14. Cole Swindell, Broke Down
  15. A Thousand Horses, Smoke
  16. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, You’ll Accomp’ny Me
  17. Frankie Ballard, You’ll Accomp’ny Me
  18. Bon Jovi, Never Say Goodbye [Request]
  19. XYZ, Souvenirs
  20. Alice In Chains, Sea Of Sorrow
  21. Temple of the Dog, Say Hello 2 Heaven
  22. Soundgarden, Live to Rise
  23. Mother Love Bone, Stargazer
  24. Pearl Jam, Last Kiss
  25. Mad Season, River Of Deceit
  26. Kenny Chesney, Setting the World On Fire
  27. Kenny Chesney, Rich and Miserable
  28. Drew Baldridge, Rebound
  29. Aaron Lewis, Whiskey and You
  30. Reckless Kelly, Who’s Gonna Be Your Baby Now
  31. Aubrie Sellers, Sit Here and Cry
  32. Vince Gill, Down to My Last Bad Habit
  33. Chris Young, Sober Saturday Night (Feat. Vince Gill)
  34. Jennifer Nettles, Unlove You
  35. Jennifer Nettles, My House (feat. Jennifer Lopez)
  36. Chris Tomlin, Good Good Father
  37. Lauren Daigle, Trust In You
  38. Danny Gokey, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again
  39. Third Day, Your Words (feat. Harvest)
  40. Casting Crowns, Just Be Held
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US election 2016: my voting experience with the accessible terminal

Today, along with many of my fellow Americans, I went to my local precinct to cast my ballot for president, Senate, House races, and several other positions and bond issues. Don’t worry… This post isn’t going to be about who to vote for or who to not vote for… You will see enough of that on social media and on the news.

Though I’ve been eligible to vote, and have voted, for the past 20 years, and though this is my sixth presidential election, this was the first election in which I was able to vote mostly independently, without Sighted assistance. When I lived in Arizona and Washington, generally, I had to have someone assist me in filling out the ballot… Usually a relative or trusted friend. In Arizona, all we had were the paper ballots. There were no accessible voting terminals when I became eligible to vote in 1996, until my departure at the end of 1999. In Washington, we had a mix of in person voting and mail in voting. Accessible voting machines were introduced during my time in Washington. However, gaining access to one was often inconvenient. You either had to attend a meeting of ACB or NFB… Or you had to go to one specific polling place in order to use them. So, I continued using paper ballots, and having someone I trusted help me in the privacy of my home and mailing the ballot in after I was finished.

Now, I live in Ohio. I knew, from visiting a polling precinct in Springfield last year, that accessible voting terminals were much more readily available here than I had ever experienced in Washington state. However, due to when I arrived in the state and registered to vote, I had not registered in time to vote in the contest last November. With that said, today, I was looking forward to trying The machines… Don’t get me wrong. I trust my fiancé completely, and if I had needed to have her assist in filling out a ballot, I know I could count on her to do it, and to cast the vote for the candidates and positions as I dictated them to her. But, having that freedom to do it myself is truly awesome.

I reported to my precinct, which is housed in the gymnasium of the school portion of the church I currently attend. At first, I wasn’t sure how things would go… When we asked the poll workers about speech and or braille, none of them were quite sure as to what would be available. After some difficulties, we found a worker who knew how the machines function. It turns out that all of the machines have an audio option… They have headphones available if you need them, or you can do as I did and use your own earbuds or headphones. The buttons are clearly marked in braille. Once they had the machine set up, I was able to go through the entire Ballot without issues. Yes, it may have taken me quite a bit longer because the audio is much slower than I’m used to listening… But, I was afforded the same right to privacy and secrecy of my vote as my Sighted counterparts.

No matter who wins the top job, no matter how the races turn out… For the first time, I truly know how my ballot was cast. The machine spoke very clearly, letting me know who or what I was selecting, and even went over my selections at the end, allowing me an opportunity to make changes if necessary. Like I said, I’m thankful to those who have assisted me with voting in the past, even if my vote differed from theirs… But having the freedom to cast my vote and take my time is A truly awesome feeling.

If I could change anything about the process, I would suggest that poll workers need to be better trained… Even if you don’t show every worker every function of the machine, they should at least know what is available for their blind voters, as well as those with any other disabilities requiring assistance. Other than that, I must say, I was very pleased with my experience.

Wes’s Musical Meltdown Test Broadcast: 10/13/2016

Though this isn’t an official show, merely a test broadcast, I’m pretty proud of the playlist. And, since I’m leaving for a week or so for job training, we may not get another shot. So, have a new podcast of the Meltdown.

Playlist

  1. Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Impression That I Get
  2. Mustard Plug, You
  3. Less Than Jake, 9th at the Pine
  4. Sublime, Date Rape
  5. Flogging Molly, The Worst Day Since Yesterday
  6. Dropkick Murphys, The Rocky Road To Dublin
  7. Randy Rogers, Wrapped
  8. George Strait, Troubadour
  9. Reckless Kelly, One More One Last Time
  10. Reckless Kelly, Best Forever Yet
  11. The Who, Wont Get Fooled Again
  12. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Shame On The Moon
  13. Kid Rock, Ain’t Enough Whiskey
  14. Sixx A.M., Life Is Beautiful
  15. Winger, Down Incognito
  16. Drive By Truckers, This Fucking Job
  17. The Bottle Rockets, Things You Didn’t Know
  18. Whiskeytown, Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight [*]
  19. Gary Allan, It Ain’t the Whiskey
  20. Old Dominion, Song for Another Time
  21. Megadeth, The Threat Is Real
  22. Megadeth, Post American World
  23. Thousand Foot Krutch, Untraveled Road
  24. Trivium, Until The World Goes Cold
  25. RED SUN RISING, Amnesia
  26. Failure Anthem, Paralyzed
  27. Casting Crowns, What If His People Prayed
  28. Casting Crowns, Praise You In This Storm
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