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Ian Janes: Can't Remember Never Loving You

The East Coast songsmith delivers a genuinely moving country ballad that celebrates the virtues of fidelity. Could this become a fave future wedding song? A cover by two stars from Nashville, the TV series, has already given it valuable exposure.

Ian Janes: Can't Remember Never Loving You

By Kerry Doole

Ian Janes - "Can't Remember Never Loving You" (Independent): Most country ballads feature love gone wrong and cheating spouses, but this sentimental yet genuinely moving song extols the virtues of fidelity.


"You've been the only one for all my life," declares Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Janes, abetted by judiciously employed piano and organ, upright bass and the pedal steel guitar that is almost mandatory for this kind of ballad.

His earnest delivery will bring a lump to your throat, and it wouldn't be a huge surprise if this became a favourite wedding song.

"Can't Remember Never Loving You" is the second single taken from Janes' latest album, Yes Man, but the song itself is already enjoying formidable success, thanks to a link to hit CMT TV series Nashville. Last March, the show closed it’s Season 5 ‘mid-season finale’ with the tune.

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Recorded by the show’s two stars,  Connie 'Rayna' Britton and Charles 'Deacon' Esten, it vaulted into the U.S Top 50 iTunes chart the week after the show's airing. This version has since chalked up 265K streams and more than 120K YouTube views to date.

The song was co-written by Janes and hit country songwriter Byron Hill (George Strait, George Jones, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick).

Frank Davies is promoting this one.

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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