Patio Jam

Tell us about a sensation — a taste, a smell, a piece of music — that transports you back to childhood.

I remember in the early 90’s sitting on my grandparents’ back patio. They always had the tiny silver colored radio playing the latest country hits. My cousins would come up from Brenham, Texas on occasion and we would have get-togethers at my grandparents’. My younger cousin, Justin, would stand up on the table on the patio and sing Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” every time it came on. He’d have the cowboy hat and boots, and would use his dad’s lighter as a microphone. That’s a good memory from my childhood.

I grew up on early 90’s country music. Not that it was a preference to me, but everyone else loved it. I was the kid, so I did not really have much of a say. I could spit out a few different songs from back then that take me back.

“Small Town Saturday Night” – Hal Ketchum

“I’m In a Hurry to Get Things Done” – Alabama

“Picture Show” – John Prine

“If Looks Could Kill” – Rodney Crowell

All of these remind me of sitting in my grandparents’ living room with their big console television and the scraggly shaggy carpet. Those were good years.

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