Friday Five: Getting Married

Staff | February 24th, 2012

Our own Karlie recently got engaged, so we thought we’d whip up a Friday Five in honor of the happy couple and their impending nuptials. Also, we’re too cheap to buy an actual wedding present. Best wishes to Karlie and Ben; may you have a lifetime of love, happiness, and pedal steel.

5. Martina McBride with Pat Monahan – “Marry Me”

This sweet little tune recorded for McBride’s Eleven album was originally done by Monahan’s pop band, Train. McBride’s understated performance is just lovely as she sings “Forever can never be long enough for me/To feel like I’ve had long enough with you.” –Ken Morton, Jr.


4. Heather Myles and Dwight Yoakam – “Little Chapel”

Broke and broken down on the side of a desert highway en route to Vegas, this honky tonk couple is certain that “Life is a gamble, but our love’s a sure bet.” It’s a fine sentiment even for those who aren’t planning to be married by a jumpsuit-clad Elvis impersonator. –Juli Thanki


3. Charlie Robison with Natalie Maines — “The Wedding Song”

Charlie was making light of this slightly less-than-fairytale wedding, but he did have one thing right. Forget the stuffy, expensive wedding reception that everyone is going to fuss and fret over, and just hire the local BBQ joint to cater hot dogs and brisket. That’s how to get a marriage off to a noteworthy start. –Sam Gazdziak


2. Dolly Parton – “Marry Me”

Parton’s spirited delivery of this song from Little Sparrow perfectly captures the effervescence of young love, right down to the sky’s-the-limit dreams of fancy cars and houses. –JT


1. Clay Walker – “Rumor Has It”
It seems only fitting that Karlie, one of the great champions of ’90s hat acts in all their starched-shirt-and-mom-jeans-wearing glory, should find herself living out one of Clay Walker’s giddiest hits. Here’s wishing this woman and this man a lifetime full of living, laughing, loving, and dreaming with their eyes wide open. –CM Wilcox

  1. Leeann Ward
    February 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Congratulations, Karlie!

    As coincidence would have it today, my sister’s getting married this evening, so this list is quite timely.:) My favorite on this list is the Dolly Parton song.

  2. Ben Foster
    February 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Great set of songs, folks. Loved C.M.’s blurb for “Rumor Has It.” And I gotta say I’ve often had a soft spot for the McBride version of “Marry Me.”

    I add my congratulations to the rest. Best wishes, Karlie.

  3. Tara Seetharam
    February 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Congrats, Karlie!

  4. Karlie
    February 24, 2012 at 10:31 am


    So sweet and special, and I about died when I saw the number one spot – in true 90s country loving fashion, the first CD Ben bought me was Clay Walker.

    Thanks to this wonderful staff and community!

  5. Andrew
    February 24, 2012 at 11:33 am

    C.M., you magnificent S.O.B. That last sentence is absolutely perfect.

    Congratulations Karlie!

  6. Carrie
    February 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Congrats, Karlie!

    And OMG I LOVE that Clay Walker album. So much – in fact, I was rocking his Greatest Hits not too long ago.

    This is great fun. :)

  7. Rick
    February 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Congratulations Karlie on your engagement! Chris Young obviously waited far too long to pop the question. (lol)

    I’d like to add a song that involves a woman trying her best to get her reluctant man to pop the question. Its the title track from Joey Daniels’ debut album “Take Me Off The Market” and its a keeper. Joey’s voice is similar to Shania Twain and that song is a playful romp of a honky tonk tune. Highly recommended!

  8. Blake Boldt
    February 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Congratulations, Karlie!

  9. JL
    February 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I’ll suggest Faith Hill’s “Dearly Beloved,” although I hope your marriage is a bit different from the one in this song, Karlie. ;)

  10. Jonathan Pappalardo
    February 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    You missed a big one – “White Trash Wedding” Dixie Chicks

  11. Leeann Ward
    February 25, 2012 at 1:55 am

    If Ben loves nineties country music, he’s got to be one heck of a good, wise man.:)

  12. bob
    February 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Congrats Karlie. My daughter got engaged on Valentine’s Day. She’s the one who told me about “Dearly Beloved” (mentioned by JL) since she knows I love funny songs. Although not a country music fan, she bought Faith Hill’s “Fireflies” album.

    On the serious side, Alabama recorded a song written by Al Anderson and Jeffrey Steele called “Will You Marry Me”.

  13. Occasional Hope
    February 26, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Congratulations, Karlie.

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