You know how it goes. You’ve had a long week, rife with finals and work and other responsibilities, and now all you want to do is crack a beer and get some sun. Luckily, your good buddy Karl is here to give you the new edition of Porch Jams, all handpicked from the annals of music to perfectly complement your porch brew experience.
Fan Favorites are picked from the top comment of the previous edition.
My favorite is based on whichever suggested track I dig the most.
Be sure to leave your own suggestions in the comments for a chance to be featured on next week’s list. Let’s crank some tunes.
Fan Favorite: Family Tradition, Hank Williams Jr
Suggested by E Dawg. Everyone’s favorite legacy expands on his lifestyle in this track that ranges from heartfelt to “hell yeah.” Hank Jr is definitely a lock for a TFM fan favorite, mostly because any self-respecting fraternity man knows his way around this particular track.
Karl’s Favorite: December 1963 (Oh What A Night), The Four Seasons
Suggested by Johnny Cage (Mortal Kombat, FaF). The comments section took to this song big time and I can’t blame them. One of the best songs of its era, the funky overtones are complemented by an incredibly upbeat set of lyrics. Mitt Romney also mentioned this song as his favorite back in 2012, so it has the GOP’s seal of approval.
1. Renegade, Styx
Styx gets a completely awful rep from stooges that are only familiar with “Come Sail Away,” but Renegade is as applicable to porch drinking as it is to karaoke night or a day rager. From the initial bass kicks to the continuous rock tones, this song gets the day started.
2. Drink Your Whiskey Down, Reckless Kelly
An upbeat song for being about getting low. This song was featured on the album “Brewed In Texas,” which is an album I highly recommend purchasing. Trust me, it’s worth the scratch.
3. Ballad of a Southern Man, Whiskey Myers
A modern day take on “Whistlin’ Dixie,” this song will make my fellow sons of the South look back on their youth with hop-colored glasses. It’s slower than most tracks on these lists, but I’m still a big fan. Granted, Whiskey Myers isn’t the Bellamy Brothers, but more on that later.
4. Mrs. Robinson, Simon & Garfunkel
I always feel bad for Art Garfunkel. The man was clearly a great performer, but like most second billers he found himself washed away in the rush. This song is ideal for an introspective beer or two.
5. Too Hot, Coolio
I fuck with Coolio big time. I like to joke that this track is ideal for the summer down here, because it’s A) a great song and B) too damn hot everywhere.
6. Help, The Beatles
I’m not a Beatles guy, personally, but there’s no denying that they had some very hot jams. Chances are, if it’s the title song in a Beatles album, it’s going to be solid. This one is no exception.
7. King of the Road, Roger Miller
This is more my speed. I’ve been an advocate for Roger Miller since car trips as a kid. This is arguably his most popular song, and it’s an absolute gem. Snap along if you don’t have weird fingers like I do.
8. Steamroller, James Taylor
One of the few James Taylor songs that doesn’t get me misty-eyed, this song’s a parodic take on the blues. As is par for the course, James Taylor is always best enjoyed in a live version since the man is as funny as he is gifted. Give it a listen and tell your slam you’re “a churning urn of burning funk.” Thank me later.
9. Country Roads, John Denver
A perennial request in the comments section for obvious reasons. Whether your home is back with the folks, your campus, or nowhere at all, you just want to find your place. To quote our previous artist, “I didn’t have a home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be homesick.”
10. Take Me Home Tonight, Eddie Money
Awesome song, terrible movie. It doesn’t get more ’80s than Eddie Money, and this glam rock tune is sure to get you going.
11. Fire On The Mountain, The Marshall Tucker Band
I’ve never fully wrapped my head around this song, and I kind of hope I never do. It’s Marshall Tucker at their finest, and it absolutely drips with soul.
12. Hard To Be Humble, Mac Davis
I love everything about this song. It perfectly sums up the lifestyle, it’s catchy, and Mac Davis makes it work in every way possible. If life gets you down, just turn this up to full blast and soak it in.
13. That’s How U Roll When U Rock, The Bellamy Brothers
The Bellamy Bros. will drop any set of panties from sea to shining sea. This song will instill your female guests with a whole lot of confidence, and then bring life crashing back down on them. It is an auditory wingman.
14. Johnny B. Badde, Mungo Jerry
Our boy Mungo Jerry’s take on a simple man turned rock star is much more true to life than Chuck Berry’s. Accented with some killer harmonica and Jerry’s own brand of piano.
15. Smoker’s Anthem, Z Ro
An ideal jam to toke up to and take in a nice view from the porch with. Ideally, that view will be the glory of nature, or the glory of titties. Dealer’s choice.
Again, be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments and, as always, don’t drink and drive.
Be sure to give our previous editions a listen on Spotify here…