HIYA JIZZY, HAP-HAP-HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS! I did the most self-indulgent thing ever and made you a folk music mix! (Um, sorry about the “art,” there is a reason I write fic.)
Gandhi/Buddha - Cheryl Wheeler
I must’ve brought rest to the restless, fed the hungry too,
I must’ve done something great to get to have you.
Passionate Kisses - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Can we call MCC folk? My itunes thinks yes, so yes we can! Because you deserve all the things, including passionate kisses!
Dust Bowl Children - Alison Kraus & Union Station
This song is actually sung by Dan Tyminski, who was the voice of George Clooney’s character in O! Brother Where Art Thou? during the singing bits.
South - Antje Duvekot
I am incapable of reccing just one of Antje’s songs, she’s a fantastic musician and such a sweetheart in concert.
Single Girl - Bearfoot Bluegrass
An Alaskan group! An awesome Alaskan group! (I know more about these people than I have any right to know!)
Did You Sleep Well? - Crooked Still
Crooked Still is amaaaaaaaaazing, AMAAAAAAAZING, I tried to keep only one of their songs in this mix and it DID NOT WORK.
Beeswing - Richard Thompson
Awwwwyiss, we are also calling this folk. Because RT is a badass. (If you don’t know him check out his song 1952 Black Vincent, which would have been in this mix too except it’s a little too West Side Story for a b-day mix.)
By Way of Sorrow - Cry Cry Cry
Richard Shindell, Dar Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky are all three of them fabulous singer/songwriters on their own, and together they create the trifecta of amazeballs.
Orphan Girl - Crooked Still
The original song is by Gillian Welch, and it’s sweet and slow and hopeful. This is sharp and fast and sassy. But it’s Crooked Still, so there’s no question it’s flawless.
Boston and St. John’s - Great Big Sea
If you’re ever in the mood for a fun drinking game with a quirky Canadian folk-esque band, watch GBS music videos and take a shot every time their lead singer flips his hair. This is one of their more traditional songs, in the manner of oh-hey-baby-by-the-way-forgot-to-mention-i’m-sailing-off-in-the-morning-should’ve-probably-said-something-before-we-boinked-but-oh-well.
Somewhere Down the Road - Occupational Hazards
Ben Winship is a mandolin god and excellent singer, and with John Lowell they are an unstoppable bromance of win. This is an excellent roadtripping song.
Your Rocky Spine - Great Lake Swimmers
More contemporary folk music—the lyrics are goooooorgeous.
Wayfaring Stranger - Red Molly
This trio of ladies is boss. B O S S. Most of their stuff is more bluesy than folkie, and this one is a very good blend of both.
Florence - Crooked Still
SO I HEARD YOU LIKE CELLO.
Long Long Long Long Way - Antje Duvekot
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaantje. Maaaaaaaaaarry me. Another excellent road tripping song.
This Beggar’s Heart - Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott writes a lot of songs that get covered by famous people. Long Time Gone (Dixie Chicks), It’s a Great Day to Be Alive (Travis Tritt), etc. tl;dr HE’S AWESOME.
Potato - Cheryl Wheeler
:3 I like to inflict this song on unsuspecting people. Usually on their birthday.
I HOPE YOU LIKE IT, AND I HOPE YOU HAVE A FANTASTIC DAY DEDICATED TO YOUR AMAZING SELF.