Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Flashback To Martina McBride’s First No. 1 Hit “Wild Angels” That Sealed Her Star Status

In 1996, Martina McBride hit a new career milestone. It was on that year that the country singer scored her first No. 1 hit with “Wild Angels.”  The song was released in 1995 as the second single and title track off McBride’s album of the same name. It also peaked at No. 5 on Canada Country Tracks charts.

Don’t You Think Wild Angels Are Watching Over Us?

Written by Gary Harrison, Matraca Berg, and Harry Stinson, “Wild Angels,” tells the tale of a woman who reflects on her relationship and realizes that there must be wild angels watching over her and her man – keeping their love alive. “Wild Angels, Wild Angels. Watching over you and me. Wild Angels, Wild Angels. Baby, what else could it be,” the song goes. Berg recalled to The Boot the story of how the three of them crafted the hit song. “I started it with Harry. I don’t know what we were smoking that day, but it was a very lofty, kind of poetic lyric. I heard it [recently] and thought, ‘What was I thinking?'” he said. “We demoed it, and every time Pat [Higdon, my publisher] would play it for somebody, they would say, ‘What does this mean?’ – I knew that the lyric was off, but they loved the music, they loved the title.” So Berg and Stinson brought in Harrison to rewrite the song. “And after we got that figured out, Martina snatched it up,” Berg said.  McBride, on the other hand, found epiphany with “Wild Angels.” Interestingly, the singer gave birth to her daughter Delaney in 1994, and the little girl’s laugh can be heard in the song’s intro.

The Song Comes With A Daring Video

The success of “Wild Angels” may also have been possible, thanks to its daring video. Directed by Thom Oliphant, the short clip was shot on top of the Clock Tower Building in New York City. Down below were angels touching the lives of people. The shoot was actually a precarious one. “Up there, it’s pretty dangerous. There’s nothing to keep you from stepping off the side of the building,” Oliphant said. “For every shot of somebody, from Martina sitting on the side to the extras, there’s three guys with safety harnesses crouched behind the ledge, making sure that those people are attached to a bungee cord.” The concept – as well as its black-and-white visuals – were inspired by the film Wings of Desire in 1987, which was about an angel who fell in love with a human woman. Make sure to watch it below.

Latest Stories

Hank Williams + Old Country Church

“Old Country Church”: Throwback to Hank Williams’ Ode to the Christian Community 

What better way to celebrate life with your Christian community than with old gospel music? Hank Williams’ “Old Country Church” is the ultimate anthem for a Sunday morning. His warm ...

Willie Nelson + My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Willie Nelson Sings a Bittersweet Rendition of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Legendary musician Willie Nelson stirs up our hearts with his own version of Waylon Jennings’ single “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” Originally recorded by Jennings for his 1976 album ...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:Telluride Town Park in Telluride, ColoradoPerformers Include:Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stingdusters, Charley Crockett, and moreTicket Information:Get ...

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Buckeye Country Superfest 2024Festival Duration:June 22-23, 2024Venue:Ohio Stadium, in Columbus, OhioPerformers Include:Zach Bryan and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Due to overwhelming demand, Buckeye Country Superfest 2024 will be ...

Glastonbury Festival 2024

Glastonbury Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Glastonbury Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 26-30, 2024Venue:Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, EnglandPerformers Include:Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA, Shania Twain, and moreTicket Information:SOLD OUT The annual Glastonbury Festival is ready to welcome ...

Reba McEntire + No U In Oklahoma

Reba McEntire’s Single “No U in Oklahoma” Should’ve Been More Popular

Listening to “No U in Oklahoma” by Reba McEntire is like finding a hidden treasure. It may not be a popular classic, but the fun and funky country beat of ...

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Red Wing XI Roots Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 21-23, 2024Venue:Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, VirginiaPerformers Include:Kurt Vile & The Violators, Bonny Light Horseman, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets ...

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Barefoot Country Music Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:On The Beach of Wildwood, New JerseyPerformers Include:Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Come ...

Country Jam Colorado 2024

Country Jam Colorado 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Country Jam Colorado Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-22, 2024Venue:Jam Ranch in Grand Junction, ColoradoPerformers Include:Parker McCollum, Jelly Roll, Thomas Rhett and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Since 1992, Country ...

Keith Urban Still Tries to 'Impress' Wife Nicole Kidman with His Concerts

Keith Urban Always Aims to Impress Wife Nicole Kidman Onstage

To anyone who said love is dead hasn’t surely met Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. The longtime couple of almost 18 years –with two kids, Sunday and Faith – is ...