Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik. His 2000 album America Town went platinum in the U.S. largely due to the success of the song "Superman (It's Not Easy)" in late 2001. The 2004 album The Battle for Everything has also enjoyed chart success in the United States. Ondrasik has also released a DualDisc of his 2004 album which has one side containing The Battle for Everything in its entirety and the other side being a DVD containing bonus footage and the "100 Years" music video. Five for Fighting's fourth album, Two Lights, was released on August 1, 2006.
If you have a chance, give it a listen. The first 5 songs are the best.
And then, of course, I HAD to pick up the latest of my country faves. Yes, this kid is young and he's trying way too hard to look cool, with the jewelry and all, but he's good. He was the opening act to a concert I went to last year and he can really put on a show. I like him because he's way on the rock side of country. His latest hit, Johnny Cash, could easily play on a rock station and not stand out as a country song.
Finally, we have my totally favorite group, Rascal Flatts. I have been to THREE (count 'em) Rascal Flatts concerts and they were all great. They are the opening concert of the Kentucky State Fair this year in August, but alas, I did not get tickets this time when they went on sale last Saturday. They are, unfortunately, $60 a piece, and my financial priorities do not currently allow for such luxuries. But they're still cute, and they have a new album coming out in September, so I guess I'll just have to wait.