Zella Day photographed in NYC by Ben Rosenzweig for BlackBook Magazine.
For one reason or another, the Fourth of July seems to be a holiday that nearly everyone plans at the 11th hour. With only a few days left to figure out the right barbecue, parade, or family reunion to attend, we wanted to help get our readers into the Independence Day spirit. Thus, we recruited the help of Zella Day, whose popularity as a singer-songwriter seems to have soared exponentially upon the release of her album Kicker last month. Born in the incredibly isolated, rural town of Pinetop, Arizona, Day combines her folk-fringed background with traditional pop, exhibiting a sound that aptly summarizes the modern sonic embodiment of Americana. Who better to ask for some firework-worthy tracks?
Take a listen to Day’s playlist below, featuring the likes of Tom Petty, Sturgil Simpson, and The Doors. Also, make sure to give Kicker a listen, here.
Tom Petty – “Wildflowers”
I chose “Wildflowers” before “American Girl” as to not be too predictable. Tom Petty is the ultimate American heart throb.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
Well here it is folks! The one true 4th of July anthem.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Teach Your Children”
This song encapsulates what I’d like to think Americans live by.
Joni Mitchell – “California”
Joni singing about the city that I’m falling so madly in love with, I couldn’t resist.
Sturgil Simpson – “A Little Light”
Sturgill Simpson is my idea of real genuine country music.
America – “Sister Golden Hair”
If I didn’t put this song on my playlist I’d be a wacko. I love this, you love this, your parents love this.
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn – “Louisiana Woman”
I want to be Loretta Lynn when I grow up. Mississippi and all.
The Whites – “Keep On The Sunny Side”
Our country is going through some dark times, but let us not forget all of the beauty we share.
Harry McClintock – “Big Rock Candy Mountain”
Classic cowboy attitude.
The Doors – “Alabama Song”
Where I’m guessing everyone ends up after fireworks.