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August 23, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Got headphones? Vox has song suggestions from the city’s musical masterminds. When Jamie Mac, director of Programming and New Media at Zimmer Radio Group, isn’t running multiple radio stations in the area or serving as a disc jockey on country station Clear 99, he’s listening to these tracks.
“Free” by Zac Brown Band
The (band) does such a perfect job of blending two powerful songs together seamlessly. If I’m having a rough day, I can flip this song on and the world seems to make sense.
“In Color” by Jamey Johnson
It’s one of those rare songs that transcends generational gaps — a grandfather, father, son and grandson could all sit down and listen to this song together and appreciate its simplicity.
“Fairytale” by The HipNecks
The HipNecks are a really fun, local jam band that I heard for the first time this past year. I think their song “Fairytale” is relatable for most men because we have all chased our own California “fairytale.”
“November Blue” by The Avett Brothers
“November Blue” is the classic “right people, wrong time” type song that resonates with anyone who has ever been lost in love and the relationship didn’t work out for whatever reason.
“Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Soul to Squeeze” will always remind me of Farm Aid 2001, which took place just a few weeks after 9/11. Hearing this song for the first time, I felt like it told our story perfectly. It reminded me that everything would be OK — to value the truly important things in life.
“Sinners Like Me” by Eric Church
This is the song that I would choose to sing if “you was hit by a truck … and you had time to sing one song … one song that would sum you up.” (from Walk the Line).