Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” Gives Me Chills

Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” caught my attention for the first time last year, when the group played the Ryman. Perfect timing for a song like that. Four months later, I saw the band’s headlining set at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C., and Brown called it one of his favorite songs he’s ever written. I’d agree. It’s my top pick on the band’s new album, You Get What You Give. The melody is just moody enough without being melodramatic while the lyrics leave me feeling a little bit lonely. And as a Nebraska native, I can picture that frozen truck stop just outside of Lincoln. Heck, I may have fueled up there a time or two. If you happen to have a winter road trip ahead, bundle up this playlist of new, mostly independent music, led by “Colder Weather.” There’s a lot of bluegrass on here, too. By the way, if you’re a fan of the steel guitar, don’t miss the last two tracks featuring the magnificent Lloyd Green.

“Colder Weather,” Zac Brown Band “Staying Here,” Raul Malo “Let It Be Me,” Johnny Mathis with Alison Krauss “Southern Filibuster,” Jerry Douglas “Same Old Heartache,” Mountain Heart “Saying Hello,” Donna Hughes “Tennessee Ridge Runner,” Ken Mellons “Pages of Time,” Big Country Bluegrass “Eighty Acre Church,” Steve Richard “Champaign, Illinois,” Old 97’s “No Blue Sky,” Shawn Mullins “Regardless,” Thrift Store Cowboys “Sea of People,” The Real Nasty “Midnight in America,” Rosehill
“Circus,” Eric Brace & Peter Cooper with Lloyd Green and Mike Auldridge “Bells of Odilia,” Peter Cooper and Lloyd Green