We use spotify to play our shop music. My husband, Ryan, recently added a playlist for us full of vintage songs and current music with deep roots and influences. We agree with him that it more closely matches the vibe of our shop. We always encourage a home decorated in old + new, making for a vibrant space with history.
We were so happy with our new playlist, we asked Ryan to put together a little mixtape for us to share with you this Friday on behalf of his sweet band, The Fabulous Minx. Look for more of these song offerings- we are calling it the Five for Friday Mixtape. Below are his liner notes for the songs chosen and a link to the Spotify playlist.
The weekend forecast is calling for clouds, so that’s what this playlist delivers.
The first song, “I’m Torn Up” by Alabama’s own St. Paul and the Broken Bones contains one of the most heart-wrenching vocal performances I’ve ever heard. Tears, every time. Next is Al Green’s classic stormy-weather song, “Love and Happiness”, with Etta James’s stunning “I would Rather Go Blind” hitting cleanup. Fourth is a fresh cut from fellow Oklahoma rock ‘n’ roller J.D. McPherson. He cowrote this tune with Dan Auerbach of Black Keys fame, who managed to keep his ever-more-pop-oriented sound from rubbing off.
Finally, one of my all-time favorites, “Soulshine” as performed by Govn’t Mule. This song hits me in the feels. After their bass player Allen Woody died suddenly in 2000, Warren Haynes brought together all of his favorite bass players and musicians to record a touching tribute to their friend. It’s a lovely sentiment, and a lovely song. And, as the man says, it’s damned sure better than rain.