I wanted to wrap up our tribute to Country Music Month with a series of (2 or 3) “Plus One” features, so we could salute some country artists who are not from Texas. There is a boatload of outstanding singers I could pick from, but I wanted to pick a couple of my personal favorites to end things with.

I could not look myself in the mirror tomorrow if did not include one of the most influential and successful females in the history of Country Music, who just happens to be a very nice, down-to-Earth lady who, despite the demands on her time, always makes times for her fans. I have had the extreme pleasure of meeting this woman on three different occasions as part of my job as a radio personality. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the second best-lookin’ redhead from Oklahoma, Reba Nell McEntire. There’s a story behind the “2nd best-lookin’ redhead from Oklahoma” bit. Here’s the deal: One of my radio listeners was a little old lady from Waureka, Oklahoma. Her name was Thelma Schaffner and yes, she was a redhead – the best-lookin’ redhead from Oklahoma. Thelma and I became very dear friends and I loved her with all my heart. She was kind of like an adoptive mother to me. I told Reba that story and she said that, in this case, she was honored to be the “2nd best-lookin’ redhead from Oklahoma”. Reba is a great gal.

Reba started settin’ the Country Music World on fire in the late ’70s and in the ensuing thirty plus years, she hasn’t slowed down a bit. Besides her singing career, she has been in movies and her TV series Reba did very well for her. That lady you saw in that TV show. That’s Reba in real life. No wonder the show was a hit. She got play herself.

Making a list a great songs by Reba McEntire would be like trying to pick out which of your kids you like best – it can’t be done because you like ’em all, but in different ways. So here’s a partial list of a few of my personal favorites from the lady who has sold over 56 million records, the 2nd best-lookin’ redhead from Oklahoma…Reba McEntire.

The rest is up to you. Here’s a YouTube page that can be a starting point for your search for your favorite Reba songs. When you get home from work, cue ’em up in your media player on your computer and turn the volume way up. It’s very cathartic.  🙂

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