Processed with VSCOcam with e2 presetSummer. With its unofficial start fast approaching, I’m quick to remember the horrible winter we in the Midwest endured. With the “Polar Vortex,” “Chiberia,” “Chibernation,” and turning boiling water to snow in mind, let us turn our eyes to the sky once more and embrace the sun’s rays with a fervor heretofore unseen. Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with my latest Spotify mix, some old, some new, all built for working in the garden, tossing back a brewski — or in the case of Johnny Paycheck, fifteen — at that backyard barbecue or braving that first dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy it, folks.

Couldn’tve Come Quicker

1) Guy Clark – Homegrown Tomatoes (Live)
2) Darlene Love, Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?
3) Etta James – Security
4) Koko Taylor – Wang Dang Doodle
5) Aretha Franklin – The Weight
6) Bobby “Blue” Bland – Turn On Your Love Light
7) Them – Gloria
8) The Kinks – Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy
9) Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep On Chooglin’
10) Faces – You’re So Rude
11) Neil Young – Homegrown
12) Sam Bush – Sailin’ Shoes
13) J.J. Cale – Hey Baby
14) Bill Withers – Green Grass
15) Johnny Cash – Southern Accents
16) Tom Petty – Down South
17) Tom T. Hall – That’s How I Got To Memphis
18) Johnny Paycheck – Fifteen Beers
19) Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
20) A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation
21) Haim – Hold Me
22) Junip – In Every Direction
23) Graeme Allwright – Je Perds Ou Bien Je Gagne
24) Lowell George – What Do You Want The Girl To Do
25) Delaney & Bonnie And Friends – Only You Know And I Know
26) The Seeds – Mr. Farmer
27) Chris Scruggs – Just A Little Lovin’ (Will Go A Long Way)
28) Carl Perkins – Boppin’ the Blues
29) Major Lance – It Ain’t No Use
30) Ry Cooder – Taxes on the Farmer Feeds Us All
31) Leon Russell – Roll Away the Stone
32) Violent Femmes – Prove My Love
33) The Templeton Twins – Everybody’s Talkin’
34) The Doobie Brothers – Nobody
35) The Doobie Brothers – Chicago
36) B.B. King & Van Morrison – If You Love Me
37) John Lee Hooker – T.B. Sheets
38) Elton John – Take Me To The Pilot
39) Jesse Edwin Davis – Big Dipper
40) Montrose – Rock Candy
41) Van Halen – Finish What Ya Started
42) Golden Smog – Love And Mercy
43) Randy Newman – Falling In Love
44) Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
45) Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line
46) Bruce Springsteen – Hey Blue Eyes
47) Robert Ellis – Steady As The Rising Sun
48) James Carr – The Dark End Of The Street
49) Jason Isbell & Elizabeth Cook – Pancho & Lefty
50) Marvin Gaye – My Love Is Waiting

via Spotify.