A collection of songs with equal parts rock & revolution for this year's Fourth. Pairs well with a live fire BBQ, a well stocked cooler and of course, a little Dad Grass.
(Extra points if you're jamming out while wearing your Lighten Up Boomers Tee!)
We've listed the tracks and some notes below in case you don't use Spotify
Going Up in the Country | Canned Heat | Easing into the weekend with the Heat! I'm going up the country...Baby, don't you wanna go?
US Blues | Grateful Dead | Wave that flag, wave it wide & high.
Fortunate Son | Creedence Clearwater Revival | The flyover shot in Forest Gump has cemented this track in history. That's when it debuted, right?
69 Freedom Special | Buddy Miles | Former drummer of Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsies (and California Raisins' lead singer) brings the groove.
This Land is Your Land | Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | Bringing even more soul to Woodie's classic.
Freedom | Beyonce feat. Kendrick Lamar | Bey makes one of the most impactful political statements in music in recently history
Made in America | Jay-Z & Kayne West feat. Frank Ocean | A reminder by three of the greatest inn the game that growing up in America isn't always white picket fences and apple pie (and sometimes it's banana pudding)
Colors | Black Pumas | Style, swag and substance. Eric & Adrian's debut landed 'em a grammy nod, and it's easy to understand why.
Jack Straw | Grateful Dead | The greatest American band in history (yes, I said it) deserves to be on this list twice, so they are. And they take us on a trip around the country while they're at it.
Star Spangled Banner | Jimi Hendrix | Jimi's haunting take on the star spangled banner reminds us (as if we needed it) that this great land isn't always as peachy as we imagine it, and in the current climate that's even more striking. Plus, it's the perfect song to clear out the last of the guests at the BBQ.
Freedom Flight | Shuggie Otis | Bonus track! If you made it all the way through Jimi's dissertation on the country's national anthem, this little treat is the perfect mellow vibe to sit back, relax and enjoy all those sparkling lights in the sky.