Ashland Craft can SING.
If you haven’t checked out the 2021 debut album from the South Carolina native, Travelin’ Kind, yet, you need to get on that… she’s one of my favorite up-and-coming mainstream artists at the moment.
And she recently shared a video over on Instagram of herself doing an acoustic, stripped-back version of Travis Tritt’s hit “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive,” that I can’t stop watching.
Originally written by Darrell Scott, the song was actually recorded by country producer Jon Randall for an album that never came to fruition in the late 90s. Eventually, Darrell cut the song for himself and included it on his 1997 album Aloha from Nashville.
But of course, it was made most famous by Travis when he released it in December of 2000 as the second single from his Down the Road I Go album. His version peaked at#2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and is now his signature songs and a country classic, in my opinion.
Ashland shared the video along with a caption saying “everything about this song just makes you feel good,” and if you wanna start your hump day off right, do yourself a favor and check it out:
‘”Great Day To Be Alive.’ I’ve had this one stuck in my head since screaming it in the crowd last weekend.
Everything about this song just makes you feel good. (Guest appearances by Dolly girl and my washing machine).”
And since she’s been opening select shows for Travis here and here lately, maybe we’ll be lucky enough to get a duet between them one day.
I mean, seriously… what a dang voice:
“It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”