With seemingly half the country facing a massive blizzard that forced many to stay inside this weekend, snow and winter weather is on the minds of many. Stormy weather has also been an inspiration for a countless number of musicians over the years and is the focus of this week’s Spotify Playlist. Below you’ll find a collection of 30 songs that in one form or another touch on the aspect of stormy winter weather.
The playlist includes three live cuts from the Grateful Dead: “Weather Report Suite” and “Brown-Eyed Women” from 1974 and “Cold Rain And Snow” from 1971. There are also three entries from Phish: a 20+ minute live version of “Seven Below” from 2003, a live “It’s Ice” from 1997 and the studio track “Winterqueen” from 2014’s Fuego. Trey Anastasio’s “A Case Of Ice And Snow” from his solo album Bar 17 also made the set.
Legendary blues man Muddy Waters is featured and so is the Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin. Revered singer-songwriters Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Van Morrison along with veteran rock groups like The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Booker T. & The M.G.’s and The Doors appear, as do more recently formed outfits like Kurt Vile & The Violators, Tame Impala, Real Estate, Fleet Foxes, She & Him, Pixies and Django Django. Rounding out the set are cuts from jam-centric acts like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Umphrey’s McGee and ekoostik hookah, as well as cover performed by the late Bobby Womack and live recordings by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band and Frank Zappa.
Thanks in large part to a few hefty jams inside some of the live tracks, the playlist tallies just over three hours of Snowzilla fighting tunes to keep you warm.