Birthday Bash Giveaway: Friday Five Edition

Juli Thanki | July 13th, 2012

In the past, we’ve written Friday Fives on a variety of topics ranging from bank robbers to Hawaii to monkeys; there have also been a bunch of macabre Friday Fives about freezing to death, plane crashes, mining deaths, rodeo deaths, and suicide by drowning. Today’s Friday Five, though, is about shirts, because we’ve got three Engine 145 t-shirts to give away. To enter, leave a comment mentioning a future Friday Five topic you’d like to see before 9 a.m. Eastern on Monday, July 16.

5. Slaid Cleaves — “Black T-Shirt”

The Engine 145 tees are black, too, making it perfect for those who, like Johnny Cash, choose not to wear a spectrum of bright colors. Unfortunately, they do make it hard to sneak a powdered sugar donut.


4. Mary Chapin Carpenter — “This Shirt”

Everybody’s got a favorite old shirt that’s seen better days, but is so beloved you can’t bear to get rid of it.


3. Corb Lund — “It’s Hard to Keep a White Shirt Clean”

Lund speaks the truth. In country music, white shirts are always getting barbecue stains on them, or tears from a woman crying over another man.


2. Peter Rowan & Tony Rice — “Shirt Off My Back”

Rowan and Rice are like t-shirts and jeans: a perfect pair.

1. Bradley Kincaid — “The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me”

This Harry Wincott song has also been recorded by Wilf Carter and Marty Robbins. While an Engine 145 shirt may become your new favorite, unlike the kid in this song, you’re going to have to pair it with pants.


  1. Barry Mazor
    July 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Giving Donovan a little Roots leeway, there’s always “I Love My Shirt”–which he never claimed to be too sexy for:

  2. Michael A.
    July 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I’m not entering, but I’ll mention Ronnie Milsap’s “Button Off My Shirt”. I’ll have to spend a little time thinking about future Friday Fives.

  3. Jack Williams
    July 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Elvis Costello’s Green Shirt.

  4. Arlene
    July 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Waylon and Willie’s “If I Can Find a Clean Shirt”

    As for a future Friday Five topic, are songs about trains too broad a topic? If so, in keeping with the macabre tradition, how about songs about train wrecks?

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    “Waylon and Willie’s ‘If I Can Find a Clean Shirt’”

    Great song.
    I remember when it came out around 1993 or thereabouts, “Clean Shirt” won New York station WYNY’s nightly new song face-off for a full week, defeating singles from Travis Tritt and others in listener call-in votes for at least five straight nights.

    Then someone figured out that Waylon and Willie were too old to be allowed on the radio, the song didn’t become a hit, and WYNY never played it!

  6. nm
    July 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    That Barry Mazor guy beat me to mentioning the Donovan song, so.

  7. Rick
    July 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    How about a song about not having a shirt? I’ll toss in Kenny Cheesehead’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Neck”, …er I meant “No Problems”.

    Has there already been a Friday Five about chewing tobacco and those who partake? It could include Gretchen Wilson’s “Skoal Ring”, Dierks Bentley’s “She Won’t Choose Me”, and Mike Snider’s “Snuff Dipper” for starters, although I doubt any of them have music videos. Hmm…

  8. Paul W Dennis
    July 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Norma Jean’s “The Shirt”

  9. Adam Sheets
    July 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I think Rick’s suggestion is a little out there, but I can get behind it. Several Chris LeDoux songs that could make the cut as well.

    My own suggestion is songs covering the western side of country and western if that hasn’t been done.

  10. Donald
    July 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

    How about bluegrass songs that praise country music. Or country or bluegrass gospel songs performed by obvious Sunday morning Christians. Covers of Billy Joe Shaver songs. Bluegrass covers of rock songs that actually improve the song (like DAB’s “Summer Breeze.”) ‘She betrays him’ songs- such as Steve Earle’s “Bonnie and Billy.” Guy Clark covers you perhaps haven’t heard- like Eric Bibb’s “The Cape,” Shawn Camp’s “Stop, Look, and Listen” or Mark Chesnutt’s “Desperadoes…” Thanks for doing what you do, Juli.

  11. Donald
    July 14, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Songs by different people with the same name. There must be more than just Wayne Taylor and Wayne Taylor. Okay, no more from me.

  12. Dan
    July 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Kenny Cheesehead? Is that supposed to be funny?

  13. Andrew
    July 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

    It’s Rick, so he thinks it’s funny but absolutely no one else ever does.

  14. Ron
    July 16, 2012 at 7:25 am

    To Rick’s idea add Robert Earl Keen’s Copenhagen. I know it is one of those Texas guys he hates so much. Not sure you’d find a good video though.

  15. Ron
    July 16, 2012 at 7:28 am

    As for my idea, I love cover songs so how about covers of great songs and/or artists. How about the best country versions of Dylan songs?

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