It’s fishing season.
Ahead are early mornings sitting on the dock, long afternoons drifting in the boat and gorgeous days casting in the river.
And you need a soundtrack.
With fishing on my mind — I’m about to head on a family fishing trip with my father and brothers — I worked up this list that’ll keep you entertained on your way to the lake.
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This complete guide of local music, movies, dining and entertainment will have you weekend ready.
“I’m Gonna Miss Her,” Brad Paisley — She gave an ultimatum: Stay away from the lake, or I’m gone. Well, you know what he chose. It’s another goofy novelty song from Paisley, but it’s a dang clever one.
“Bad Day of Fishin’,” Billy Currington — Even the worst day of fishing beats doing pretty much anything else, right?
“Buy Me a Boat,” Chris Janson — Money can’t buy everything, but it can buy a truck, a trailer, a Yeti cooler and it’ll sure as hell buy you a boat.
“He Went to Paris,” Jimmy Buffett — A life of magic and tragedy is finished with a life among the islands, where an old man reflects on his life, drinks and goes fishing. It’s one of Buffett’s best songs.
“Catch All the Fish,” Brad Paisley — Much like his laugh-inducing country tunes hide his crazy guitar skills, Paisley’s ode to catching all the fish and drinking all the beer masks some truly incredibly guitar runs.
“Five Pound Bass,” Robert Earl Keen — Nobody tells a story quite like Keen, who drops every fishing image you can think of in his quest to catch a really big fish.
“Gone Fishin’,” Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby — Two legends sing about leaving everything behind to go fish by a shady pool.
“Deep River Blues,” Doc Watson — Master guitarist Doc Watson had the blues, and he could fingerpick as well as anyone. Whoa.
“I’m Gonna Go Fishin’,” Dr. John — Let the fish take your mind off heartbreak. It works.
“Fish and Whistle,” John Prine — There’s a whimsical bounce to this song that’s really about forgiveness, pain, death and hard work.
“Fishin’ Blues,” Taj Mahal — The classic relates a piece of advice for all fishermen: The fish’ll bite if you’ve got good bait.
“Talking Fishing Blues,” Woody Guthrie — The long story tells about catching boots, an alligator, a shark and a big bottle of whiskey. Not bad.
“With Every Wish,” Bruce Springsteen — An old fishing store contains a big lesson: “With every wish there comes a curse.”
“The Fishin’ Hole,” Andy Griffith — Did you know the whistled theme to “The Andy Griffith Show” had lyrics? Yeah, it does. Sung by Andy himself.
“John the Fisherman,” Primus — “A lonely boy finds peace in fishing.” That’s about as apt a summary as anyone could think of.
“The Fisherman,” Leo Kottke — There are no words, but it’s a simply gorgeous song. A good one to play in the background while you drift on the lake.
“The Downeaster ‘Alexa,’ ” Billy Joel — A tale of a professional fisherman who has to go farther and farther away to get his catch.
“Tackle Box,” Luke Bryan — Memories of grandpa are forever embedded in his old tackle box, which his grandson still uses.
“The Life,” Kenny Chesney — Chesney’s redo of the parable of the fisherman and the banker is a sleepy strummer.
“Shut Up and Fish,” Maddie & Tae — Once again, the country duo turns an old tale on its head: This fishing story ain’t about a couple getting a little private time on the lake. It’s actually about fishing. Stop bothering the girl, or she’ll toss you in the lake.
“A Pirate Looks at Forty,” Jimmy Buffett — Two Buffett songs on the list? Well, yeah. In the best song he ever wrote, Buffett finds himself drunk and at rock bottom. What does he do? Goes fishing.
“Fishing For Fishies,” King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard — The Australian psych-rock outfit has another take on fishing: What did they ever do to you? Just let them swim.