{summer jams}


Unfortunately for all you preserve lovers, this post isn’t actually about jam.

It seems to me that summer is a magical time which changes my preferences for certain genres of music,
and perhaps even certain songs.
Wouldn’t you agree?

For the sake of conversation, let’s spend our time exploring country music.
In my opinion, country music, like soda pop, best suited for the warmest of months.

1. The Next Album You Should Buy:

{The Band Perry}

I first learned of this trio last summer by chance, from a radio broadcast of their now Grammy Nominated, double-Platinum single “If I Die Young.” You’ve no doubt, heard it more times than you can count, as it’s crossed over to the pop-charts and is still going strong.

Still, this group isn’t a one hit wonder, as several of their songs off their self-titled debut album are download-worthy.

My favorite is called “Independence“.

There’s a road like a long gray ribbon far as I can see,
And it’s pulling Independence out of me.

It really speaks to one of summer’s most signature items: road trips.
Which, for me, have usually led to a livestock show somewhere in the northwest.

Ironically, my next gray-ribbon adventure will lead right to the Oregon State Fair,
where I will be seeing these talented siblings in concert.
*I’m pretty much bubbling-over with excitement.*

 2. The Best Song of Summer 2011:

{"Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen}

If you haven’t heard this summer-lovin’ gem, you are missing out.
Something about the upbeat lyrics, small town references and possibly, Jake’s incredibly long hair
really capture the cherished feeling of sunny days and star-filled nights.
Well done, Jake.

Jake has actually spent time this summer touring with The Band Perry, and will be joining them again
for the announcement of the final CMA nominations September 6th, on Good Morning America.

3. The Best Band You Might’ve Missed:

{The Fleet Foxes}

Truly sporting a sound of their own, the Fleet Foxes are a mellow and enchanting version of folk-country music.
They’ve mastered the art of singing a melody which is sure to resonate throughout your day from a single listening.

Their lack of categorizing is what makes them difficult to describe in text.
Please, don’t over-look this talented, Seattle-based group.
As a newly-devoted fan of only a few months, I’ve already logged them at the top of my itunes favorites.

Stand-out tracks include:
“White Winter Hymnal”
“He Doesn’t Know Why”
“Battery Kinzie”*

*featured on the Starbucks 10-song Summer Mix


Until next time, keep summer turned up. xox.


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