Weekend Playlists

  • Weekend Playlist - 01

    Can I get a giant hallelujah to it being the weekend?! We're so excited to soak up the last little bit of this glorious summer until school starts back and life gets real again.

    Today, I want to introduce you to Molly, who you might know from a previous Wednesday Wears post. She's going to start out weekend playlists and will be gathering some songs she's into and loves and sharing with us for the creation of super awesome weekend vibes. Here's her first list! Enjoy! -Haley


    Photograph- Ed Sheeran

    I Woke up in a Car- Something Corporate

    Cheerleader- OMI


    Elastic Heart-SIA

    Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammer

    Can’t feel my face- The Weeknd

    Chicago is so Two Years Ago- Fallout Boy

    House Party- Sam Hunt


    Ordinary Day- Vanessa Carlton

    Beautiful Life- Nick Fradiana

  • Late But Not Forgotten

    As Father’s day comes on Sunday the 15th, I searched for cool quotes that would describe fatherhood or my dad. The more I searched the more I really thought about my dad and how he raised me and less and less about quotes.

    But, after about a week of thoughts and coming up with my post for this week, I found a couple of quotes that help me describe my dad.

    My dad was not a scholar but he was a great teacher and I learned many life lessons from him. Not only did he teach me many life lessons but how to think things through and work on my own car. Can’t do that now, but it sure was handy when I bought my first car.

    He wasn’t perfect (none of us are) but he had three characteristics that made him a great man.

    He was a good Christian man, worked in the church, he would help anyone in need, truly a good guy. Me? I was a hell raiser that could resist anything but temptation. So, to be clear, we were on opposite sides of the line for a long time but we did not oppose each other and had a great relationship.

    This was mainly because of him and a special ability that I’ve rarely seen nor do I posses. My dad never condoned my actions but never condemned me either, even though many actions went against his very beliefs a lot of the time. This made him special and that friends and neighbors is much easier said than done. My friends who were just as wild as I was always felt welcome in our home and he never made us feel uncomfortable. He didn’t let us off the hook and he had a way of letting us know that we were on the wrong path without condemnation. When he passed away, this was something that my close friends all said they greatly respected about him.

    He treated everyone the same, whether you were regular Joe/Jane, rich man, or a beggar. He treated you the same, just as if was packing food for you at the local food bank or if you owned the bank. No difference. I won’t lie: this is another one I miss by a wide mark.

    One night, I was heading into one of my favorite haunts when I heard "hey," I turned and saw this big raw boned guy dressed in a patriotic t-shirt coming toward me. Being from the coalfields, I new without him saying, he was a coal miner. My mind raced and I thought this could be ugly for me, all the while trying to think about what I did to piss this guy off. "You Curt’s boy?" he asked. Yeah, I answered. "He know you’re out here?" "He probably has a good idea." Then out of no where he said, “Your dad is one if the most honest men I’ve ever known and I just wanted you to know that."

    To sum it up

    He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. -- Clarence Budington Kelland

    This weeks play list for all dads, cheers.

    Landslide -- Stevie Nicks


    My Father's Eyes -- Eric Clapton

    Glory -- Jay Z

    Papa Was A Rolling Stone -- The Temptations

    The Living Years -- Mike and the Mechanics

    Father to Son -- Phil Collins

    Unforgettable -- Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole

    That's My Job -- Conway Twitty

    He Didn't Have To Be -- Brad Paisley

    This one is for my girls:

    Father and Daughter -- Paul Simon


    TGIF & Happy Father's Day, Mike

  • It's Always Better Live ... Don't You Think?

    Elvis 1

    Elvis 2

    Live music was infiltrated in my life in, like I’ve said, family gatherings and church, and through our neighbors, the Reeds. The Reeds had a big family and played Bluegrass music. Every family member played multiple instruments.  It was Bluegrass Festival every weekend at their house and that’s where I found my love of bluegrass music.

    Curt and Patsy, my mom and dad, sang some at church and loved going to Gospel Sings, Jubilees, and Song Fest as we called them in the South.  I had no choice in the matter for attending these “singings” and had to go, because Curt said so.

    I made the best of it and found a few things to help the time pass.  I didn’t like the most of the songs—some of the singers shouldn’t been singing anyway—and I could’ve made a better use of my time.  Sometimes these things seemed to last almost all night long.  To help pass the time, there were a few things you could do. You could eat. There was always food—those good Christian Southern women can flat out cook and they step it up even more on the desserts.  And, every now and then there’d be a peroxide blond whose daddy made her go, which of course helped pass the time much better.  Of course, there were some good groups that I actually liked but I never told my parents because it would’ve made it easier for them to keep making me go.

    Growing up, I was able to catch some great concerts, ACDC, Bob Segar, and Dylan to name a few.

    I’ve been fortunate to have been able to hit some of the best live music scenes in the country—Nashville, Memphis, Austin, New Orleans, and of course the bluegrass festivals in Kentucky.  I truly love these places bar hopping and catching great live music.

    With that said, this week’s playlist salutes great live performers, performances and live recordings. Leading us off the King, famous for his great performances (excluding when he ripped his jump suit).

    1. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
    2. James Brown – Living In America, still feeling patriotic from Memorial Day
    3. Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
    4. Cheap Trick – I Want You To Want Me
    5. Nirvana – In The Pines – MTV Unplugged
    6. The Band – Anything from The Last Waltz
    7. The Quintet (Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell, Max Roach) - Jazz At Massey Hall
    8. Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do
    9. The Allman Brothers - 'Live at the Filmore East'
    10. Kiss – Kiss Alive

    Have a good weekend, Mike

  • The Weekend Playlist: For The Heroes

    As a kid growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the old timers called it Decoration Day and seemed like they “decorated” the graves of all of their family and close friends that had gone on with flowers.

    Camp Nelson

    It was probably about the sixth grade when my favorite teacher, Mrs. Lafferty informed our class and me that it was Memorial Day and it was to honor men and women who died while serving their country.

    I guess folks just like calling it Decoration Day, what it was called after the Civil War when those from both Union and Confederate soldiers decorated their graves.  It still blows me away to think that 600,000 died in that war.  Later on, in 1966, President Johnson named it Memorial Day.  Still my earliest memories of the Memorial Day were putting flowers on the graves of family and friends.  Even though Memorial Day is to commemorate those who made the greatest sacrifice, many people use it to remember loved ones that have past and I think that’s OK.  Never forget and always remember the good things about those that have gone on.

    While we remember our family and friends it is extremely important that we take a few minutes to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.

    So to honor those I’ve added a quote to go along with this week’s playlist.

    “Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    The spirit of this quote is captured in our patriotic t shirts George Washington’s Sword. We also give 11% of the sale of all of our patriotic apparel goes to Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed to building specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat.  

    Without further ado, this week’s playlist for our fallen patriots.

    1. God Bless America -- Erving Berlin
    2. Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix
    3. American Soldier -- Toby Keith
    4. Warrior -- Kid Rock
    5. Born In The USA -- Bruce Springsteen
    6. The Stars and Stripes Forever -- John Philip Sousa's
    7. America the Beautiful -- Katharine Lee Bates
    8. Remember the Heroes -- Sammy Hagar
    9. America -- Neil Diamond
    10. 10.  Born Free -- Kid Rock

    Have a great weekend, Mike

    Charity // “Homes For Our Troops, Apparel // women, men
  • It’s Evolutionary Not Revolutionary – It’s Life Played Out Loud

    I can’t ever remember a time in my life that I wasn’t listening to music and I credit my parents (Curt and Patsy Russell), a few family members, and friends for that.

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    How many of you recognize these artists? (Or, do any of you even know what all these are?)

    Curt and Patsy always had music playing in the house, mostly the radio, but had some records they played too.  Records…I just dated myself, but hey that’s OK because I had some great records and we’ll talk about those from time to time.  Even though my parents liked music, they had different taste.

    Curt loved Fats Domino, who is still one of my favorites.  Even now, I can close my eyes and find 5 year old Mike siting with Curt and his buddies playing penny poker while he sang along with Fats about “Walking To New Orleans.”  Fats was a family favorite and we’ll talk about more that later too.  Curt also loved Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil.” He sang it all the time when I was kid and I liked the song and considered it one of my favorites but when I first heard it on the The Pizza Tapes by Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Tony Rice, I was blown away. The song is on several of my playlists.

    Of course my dad Curt liked a lot of others too: The King, Cash, Haggard, and was also a huge gospel music fan.  He loved live music and it was a big part of our family as my uncle Paul and cousins always played at family gatherings.  Paul was “Merle Travis” style picker that could make his Martin talk.

    Like my dad, it seems like every time I walked into Patsy’s kitchen either, Sugar Shack (Jimmy Gilmer and Fireballs) was playing and she was singing right with it.  I’m pretty sure this was a record, because the song’s older than me.  By the way -- the Hammond organ on the song is pretty cool.

    “Down In The Boondocks” by Billy Joe Royal is the other song I remember hearing all the time.  The song was a social statement song, “poor boy, rich girl” kind of thing, but it’s a good song.  The song’s been covered by Kenny Loggins, Ry Cooder, and most recently 2012 by US Girls.

    At the ripe age of 9, I bought my first record. A 45-RPM single, the “A” side was Brown Sugar and the “B” side was Bitch by The Stones.  I still love The Rolling Stones and Brown Sugar; the intro riff on Brown Sugar is one of the best in rock music. I’m a huge fan of great guitar riffs, music, players…you get it.  I loved the Stones so much that I later borrowed (without him knowing or without returning) Sticky Fingers from my uncle Harry.  He wasn’t a Stones kind of guy anyway nor was he a Simon and Garfunkel or Neil Diamond kind of guy either.  It’s all good -- we’re still friends.

    Now let’s talk about my weekly post. Don’t worry, it will most likely never ever be this long again. For me, this was a marathon, but I wanted to give you a little insight to where I’m coming from. Each week I’ll post a playlist for the weekend and if I have a good story or good information, I’ll pass that along too.

    Some things to remember.

    • I’m not an expert, critic, or any type of music professional
    • I don’t know everything about music. Like you, I know what I like and what I don’t like.
    • I hope to remind you of some songs you may have forgotten and for you to remind me of songs that I may have forgotten.
    • I want to introduce you to some songs you’ve never heard and likewise, you can introduce me to new songs.
    • There probably won’t be much Top 40 music on the playlist, but there may be a guilty pleasure every now and then.
    • Tipper Gore would not approve of some songs and content I’ll post

    With that said, here’s this weeks playlist -- it’s sampler platter.

    1. Evil – Howlin’ Wolf
    2. Taxie Dance – John Cougar
    3. Nadine – Chuck Berry
    4. Four Wheel Drive – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
    5. Over The Rainbow – Chet Atkins with Les Paul
    6. Pretty Polly – Ralph Stanley
    7. Soul Almighty – Bob Marley
    8. Old Dogs – Children and Watermelon Wine – Tom T. Hall
    9. Statesboro Blues – The Allman Brothers Band
    10. Come Together - Aerosmith

    Music is how we see, feel, and live life and the great thing is, there are so many styles to choose from.  So, what gets you going?

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