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A Rough-and-Tumble Canoe Playlist

02/28/2013

imageWillie! And friends!

Is there a musical genre that sounds more badass (and pure awesome) than “outlaw country?” Because that’s what inspires Natalie Davis and her line of handcrafted leather goods, Canoe. Below, a dozen songs—many by artists who live around her neck-of-the-woods, Austin, Texas—that get Natalie going. Listen to the whole shebang on Spotify! —meghana gandhi

“Mother Blues” by Ray Wiley Hubbard
“‘The days that I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are really good days’—this is my mantra for 2013.”

“Just Breathe” by Willie Nelson
“Cover of a Pearl Jam song—and a beautiful rendition. Willie is the patron saint of Austin and a living legend. Last year, I saw him perform for the first time in Canyon Lake with my mom and my husband, and it was truly amazing.”

“Born to Be Loved” by Lucinda Williams
“Lucinda’s songwriting is really poignant and raw, and her voice is slightly rough and beautiful.”

“If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt

“My husband and his mom danced to this at our wedding, and it was really touching.”

“Bowspirit” by Balmorhea

“I listen to the Austin-based band Balmorhea when I am writing or thinking through tough problems.”

“Waltz” by Mother Falcon

“Another Austin-based group—an ensemble orchestral band with amazing energy that’s so fun to see live.”

“Dancing Barefoot” by Patti Smith

“Thanks to my roommate from freshman year of college, I was indoctrinated with Patti Smith daily. I am so thankful for that. She is always in the back of my mind while I am designing—what would Patti Smith do?”

“Good Hearted Woman” by Waylon Jennings
“This song embodies the classic country theme of sacrificing for love. I love the live version with Willie Nelson singing with Waylon.”

“My First Gun” by Crooks
“This is an Austin-based band that I’ve gotten to see perform in some classic honky-tonks around town. The first time I met the frontman was at the farmers’ market, and I thought, ‘This guy must be in a country band.’”

“Clementine” by Sarah Jaffe
“I listen to this on repeat and find myself humming this song while tooling leather.”

“Emmylou” by First Aid Kit
“These girls have my heart. They’re Swedish folk singers who really capture the spirit of the Southwest. Their songs get stuck in my head for days at a time.”

“I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” by Merle Haggard
“When I’m having one of those days where nothing is going right, I put this song on. You can’t help but tap your foot and sing along.”

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