After a long Oregon winter, I am desperate for summer. And that's saying a lot - I have been living in the Pacific Northwest for most of the last 25 years. I actually like the rain at this point. That said, the slightly warmer temperature have me eager for summer. And considering that Ken Houghton has already made my tastes public, it is worth mentioning that these songs are high on my playlist right now:
Something About a Truck - Kip Moore
Something about a truck in a field
And a girl in a red sundress
with an ice cold beer to her lips
Begging for another kiss
Something about you and me and the birds and the bees
And Lord have mercy it's a beautiful thing
Ain't nothing about it luck, something about a truck...
Where's Tammy Wynette When You Need Her - Kellie Pickler
I stay torn between killing him and loving him
He stays torn between neon lights and home
How 'bout a honky tonk angel
To tell me how this whole thing works
Where's Tammy Wynette when you need her?...
Springsteen - Eric Church
When I think about you, I think about 17,
I think about my old jeep
I think about the stars in the sky
Funny how a melody sounds like a memory
Like a soundtrack to a July Saturday night
And still hanging on from last year:
Barefoot Bluejean Night - Jake Own
Blue eyes and auburn hair
Sittin' lookin' pretty by the fire in a lawn chair
New to town, and new to me
Her ruby red lips was sippin' on sweet tea
Shot me in love like a shootin' star
So, I grabbed a beer and my ol' guitar
Then we sat around till the break of dawn
Howlin' and singin' our favorite song...
Bait a Hook - Justin Moore
He can't even bait a hook
He can't even skin a buck
He don't know who Jack Daniels is
He ain't ever drove a truck
Knows how to throw out a line, but not the kind in a field and stream book
No darlin' I ain't even worried, you'll come runnin' back
He can't even bait a hook....
The upshot is that I am getting desperate for county fair season - because, God knows, I will drive though Hell and half of Oregon to hear just about anyone sing a country song. My best concert is still way back seeing Chris LeDoux play at the Linn County Fair in Albany. Someone forgot that the general admission seats were not supposed to be the ones right up against the stage. My wife and I and a friend were packed in group of 20-year olds fresh off the fields and they knew every song by heart. This one hangs on me more each day. It was his "After the Storm" tour, right after his liver transplant. A spectacular concert. And a life cut too short.
Bottom Line: Looking forward to summer with the above songs in my playlist and the four food groups - water, barely, hops, and yeast.