Derrick Russell



Last week Rolling Stone Magazine released one of their perennial lists, but instead of a "Greatest" list this time it was the 40 Saddest Country Songs of All Time. And they really mean of All Time. The list includes everything from Lee Brice's relatively recent "I Drive Your Truck" to the old Honky-Tonk crooner Faron Young and his song "Hello Walls." It even includes some gems that I hadn't heard in a long long time like Pirates of the Missippi's "Feed Jake." Rolling Stone describes the list as saying 'Like no other musical genre, country stories of loss and heartbreak turn the old "tear in my beer" cliché into a sad, salty reality.' Well said Rolling Stone.
But of course like any list you want to know what topped it. What do they think is the Saddest Country Song of All Time? A song that contains the lyrics "she hides the bruises with linen and lace" Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel"
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Dierks Bentley has a new single and a new music video to go with it. The song is "Say You Do" and it is a bit of a heartbreak ballad. The opening lyrics are "Don't worry about the damage done, Just let those words roll off your tongue." In the song Dierks is trying to come to terms with a either a really bad recent argument, or a complete break up. But according to the music video Dierks mourning process is as about as epic and manly as I can imagine. He flies a plane to the middle of nowhere, then rides a motorcycle to a cabin further in nowhere, and drinks whiskey and chops wood until he comes to terms with everything. What? What! Who does that Dierks? Who are you? I want my entire life to be what you do for a day after an argument. Seriously I'm trying to feel for you, it's a beautiful song but all I can think of is how cool your motorcycle is. IT IS A REALLY COOL MOTORCYCLE. How do you keep it so clean stashed in the woods? Where do you gas it up at? Do you make bio-diesel when you aren't sad about stuff? Did you build a cabin far away from the water solely so you could drive your motorcycle there?

Watch the video for yourself below. Fun Fact: Dierks Bentley is a licensed pilot so that is definitely him really flying at the beginning (Puts Drunk on a Plane in perspective doesn't it?)

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I'm a big fan of NASA, rockets, and all things outer space. So imagine how awesome it felt when the news broke earlier that Midland International Airport has just been approved as the first Commercial Space Port in the country. Yes, the Federal Aviation Administration has officially certified Midland as a Spaceport. In fact the new name will be "Midland International Air and Spaceport". West Texas has a Spaceport... and that will go down as one of the best sentences I've ever written. Obviously this is brand new, and things are still being planned out. You can read the full details here. But in the not too distant future we will be able to watch rockets blast off into space from our own backyards... and not too soon after that I'll get to say what will be my new favorite sentence "I think I'll go to outer space today"
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Hey! It rained this weekend! It wasn't crazy violent windy rain either! Just a nice couple of gentle rainy days. So I went to the National Weather Service website and pulled the rain totals... because science. Totals varied place to place (and street to street) but at the main weather center at Midland International it rained .14 inches over 3 days. and .78 inches so far this month. And while September is looking to be the wettest month of the year 2014 is still well behind the average. Only 5.52 inches so far compared to 14.60 as our yearly average, and we are still about 3 inches behind rain totals for last year. So drought conditions still exist but on the bright side it looks to be a cool, cloudy week... with at least a 20 to 40 percent chance of rain every day. I copy and pasted the actual "Climate Report" below, and for some reason it compares everything to the same time of year in 1995.

YESTERDAY 0.06 1995 0.07 -0.01
MONTH TO DATE 0.78 0.95 -0.17
SINCE SEP 1 0.78 0.95 -0.17
SINCE JAN 1 5.52 10.67 -5.15

Rain total September 12th – 14th - .14

Average Annual Precipitation= 14.60
Rain Totals past 3 years:
2011 5.47
2012 12.80
2013 8.50
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Lee Brice's new album "I Don't Dance" came out today! I've been looking forward to it since I saw him at Texas Thunder earlier this year (Texas Thunder also was where the above photo with Lee and the KICKS crew was taken) . The first two singles have been awesome, the title track I Don't Dance was great and his new one that just came out Drinking Class is one of my current favorites. Get all the info on the album at and I've posted the new lyric music video for Drinking Class below and the video for I Don't Dance just because.

I Don't Dance
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I'm going to need to remember this trick in the future when I have kids. This dad uses the best example of reverse psychology I've ever seen to convince his son that they are walking instead of driving... and the kid just goes with it. Well done Dad, well done.

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