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Some ideas for thematic CD samplers or iPod playlists. Add your own suggestions or submit an entire list

Not all Americana songs are about trucks and trains, but the same subjects do pop up over and over again. So here's some suggestions for thematic CD samplers. The list is in no particular order and is, of course, entirely subjective and primarily based on the contents of my CD collection. Click below the list to make your own suggestions. Or submit an entire list for future publication here.

A list about women (and about men)

April 19, 2010 Comments: 0
A list about women

Most of the women in these songs are fighting back. Some are the victims of very serious situations, such as Eliza Gilkyson’s song based on the true story of a woman driven to kill after a lifetime of abuse. Others are just discovering they can live their lives differently, such as the woman in Mary Chapin Carpenter’s song, inspired by a 1970s TV commercial: a man lists his wife’s many attributes and sums up with “I think I’ll keep her.” The woman has other ideas.

1. The Ballad of Yvonne Johnson – Eliza Gilkyson
I lived in shame and ridicule, foundations of despair
2. Flowered Dresses – Slaid Cleaves
She stopped dreaming her dream, started dreaming his
3. Independence Day – Gretchen Peters
Some folks whispered, some folks talked, but everybody looked the other way
4. The Rock of My Soul – Rodney Crowell
I’m a first-hand witness to an age-old crime
5. He Thinks He’ll Keep Her – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Everything is so benign, safest place you’ll ever find
6. Psychic – Sam Baker
You’ve got to choose, choose between lies
7. If I Had a Gun – Diana Jones
The first night that I’d sleep sound
8. What Do You Bury? – Raina Rose
He kept me like a broken bird
9. Better Days – Guy Clark
Out into the morning light where the sky is all ablaze
10. Change – Patty Griffin
You make him ashamed for you, he buys you a new dress