Folky Friends: A Pacifying Playlist

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Attribution: Taneli Lahtinen

Folk songs are the cure to a forsaken soul. How do you get over any inconvenience? Tune the world out, and tune in to a bone chilling list of folky numbers. Here’s a list of beauty, real and true. I highly recommend giving Shakey Graves & Ed Masuga a listen.

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LUCKIEST MAN - THE WOOD BROTHERS

A soothing song about going against the odds, and acknowledging that there is a silver lining, even when you can’t see it. It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in our own head - to forget the good that surrounds you.

In times when your shortcomings prevent you from seeing the positive side of life, this song is a pretty good listen. Take a step away from yourself and tune in.

THE MUSE - THE WOOD BROTHERS

I’m gonna be honest, I have no idea what this song is actually about. However, it flows so sweetly. It’s a simple song, with a soothingly soporific sound. From a person who thinks too damn much, I especially relate to the idea of times when thinking’s the last thing that you want to do.

THE DONOR BLUES - SHAKEY GRAVES

Shakey Graves holds my heart in his Texan hands. His voice is just so good, and that’s all that really matters. Try listening to him live - I don’t regret it.

BAD THINGS - RAYLAND BAXTER

This song is bad in the best way. It makes me feel like I can do… um, anything?! If I ever go out west, this song will be at the top of my trip-list.

FAMILY AND GENUS - SHAKEY GRAVES

Shakey Graves is my new favorite artist. Not only is he beautiful and talented, but also he doesn’t support Trump! That’s all I need to begin to trust a Texan man with thoughtful lyrics and a brilliant voice.

This song reminds me of Podington Bear, if you’ve ever heard any of his stuff. He make great songs for studying and zenning out.

ARIZONA - ED MASUGA

Every time I hear Ed Masuga, my heart gives a little lurch. I discovered him through the Spotify friend feed. This song especially means a lot to me, because Arizona was the place I first started to come into myself.

No matter how traumatic some of my time there might have been, that state continues to hold a large place in my sentimental soul. So it helps that this song equally romanticizes the southwestern state.

Funny story - I used to have a huge, formerly unresolved, crush on the kid who unintentionally put me on to this song. So thanks to him for having (somewhat) incredible taste! Now that’s what I call closure.

PANSY WALTZ - SHAKEY GRAVES

Accept better for yourself. Period. People are quick to blame others, before they choose to see the way their behaviors affect folks beyond themselves.

Yes, you may make mistakes and yes, some may perceive them as being unforgivably human, but don’t we all?

TIME > BREATHE REPRISE> - GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

A very good, dance-y sort of folk...bluegrass, that makes my neck sway like no other. Can you imagine being that talented on the guitar? Wow.

KANSAS CITY - THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES

Slowing back down, now we’re singing about Kansas - a place I’ve never been. I can’t say I plan to go, but man oh man, I love a good (tragic) love song.

I wonder what happened to the old basement tapes. Ha.

THREE ROUNDS AND A SOUND (DAYTROTTER VERSION) - BLIND PILOT

I stumbled upon the original version of this song about 3/4 years ago, and I fell in love with it completely. I can’t say how many times I listened to it, but it was enough for this remake to register as uncanny when I heard it the first time around.

Would it be rude of me to say this version is even more beautiful? It’s so light without losing the charm of feeling heavy. My favorite type of tune.


Hope you enjoy this playlist! Click the image below to give it a listen. If you liked Shakey Graves, one of my favorite, most emotion-filled, songs by him is Seeing All Red.

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