Friday Five: New Heartaches

Juli Thanki | November 20th, 2009

I’m no cardiologist, but I’ve always thought old heartaches were the worst kind, festering like some sort of flesh wound turned gangrenous. However, these artists make a good case for the sharp pain of the new heartache. You know, should you ever find yourself in a heated debate over the subject.

  • Speed Of Life5. “Brand New Heartache” – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Jeff Hanna sings “I swore that the last time/I’d learned from my mistakes/But I think I’m headed for a brand new heartache.” Perhaps he should form a support group with the other artists on this list, as they all appear to have the same learning disability.

  • These Days4. “This New Heartache” – Vince Gill

    There’s no better soundtrack to a new heartache than an old country song, says Gill on this classic sounding track from These Days. Listening while curled in the fetal position, a bottle of Evan Williams cradled against your chest is purely optional.

  • Cherryholmes3. “Brand New Heartache” – Cherryholmes

    According to Cherryholmes patriarch Jere, banjo-pickin’ daughter Cia “never had a boyfriend or been on a date or anything,” yet was still able to write this excellent bluegrass song about being done wrong by a fella. (Link)

  • The Essential Ray Price 1951-19622. “I’ve Got A New Heartache” – Ray Price

    The smooth-voiced Price has a new heartache over an old sweetheart who’s back in town. The version below is a duet between Gene Pitney and George Jones, no slouches in the vocal department either.

  • Sleepless Nights1. “Brand New Heartache” – Gram Parsons

    This “Brand New Heartache,” written by husband and wife team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (“Rocky Top,” “Sleepless Nights,”), takes the Number One spot on today’s list thanks to the magical combination of Gram and Emmylou. A new guy moves into town and your gal is three hours late for your date? And the same thing happened last time a dude moved in next door? Sounds like a brand new heartache to me.

  1. Jon
    November 20, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I dunno, even if I were to agree that “Brand New Heartache” is a better song than “I’ve Got A New Heartache” (which I don’t), I’d probably go with the magical combination of Don and Phil Everly ( http://www.amazon.com/Brand-New-Heartache/dp/B001287QKQ ) or – personal preference – the magical combination of Dudley Connell and Larry Stephenson ( http://www.amazon.com/Brand-New-Heartache/dp/B001287QKQ ). Nice call on Cherryholmes, though!

  2. Rick
    November 20, 2009 at 11:01 am

    When I first acquired the debut Cherryholmes album and was listening through my reaction was “yeah, this stuff is okay but its no home run”. That was until I encountered “Brand New Heartache” and became really glad I had purchased the CD. I really like the songs Cia Leigh writes and sings and if the family band ever self-destructs, Cia will no doubt have a great solo career.

    I do love Ricky Skaggs’ version of “I’ve Got a New Heartache”.

    The Bryant’s were one of the most amazing songwriting teams ever. I consider them a sort of Lennon-McCartney of their era.

  3. numberonecountryfan
    November 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    What about the other Ray Price song-Heartaches By The Number?
    Other songs I can think of would be Heartache Tonight by Conway Twitty (the most successful Eagles cover) or the double trouble song A Headache Tomorrow Or A Heartache Tonight by Mickey Gilley.

  4. Jon
    November 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    What about the other Ray Price song-Heartaches By The Number?

    By the time the narrator gets around to telling us his story, he’s on heartache #5 or thereabouts, which isn’t really so new.

  5. Dan Milliken
    November 20, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I do like the Everly Bros version of “Brand New Heartache,” but this is yet another solid sampler.

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