Athens, Georgia's Drive-By Truckers are set to bring their UK tour to close tonight (13 May) at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire... and clearly they've acclimatised during their travels, not only is their new album entitled English Oceans but they've made us a Playlist of "Songs for a rainy day". "It's new record release time and in addition to doing tons of press and packing for weeks long journeys, I get asked to compile the occasional playlist," explains Patterson Hood. "When Q asked, I was told to pick a theme. At that moment I was listening to my favorite Pretenders song and its first line led the way. Oh yeah, it was also about to rain."
The Pretenders - The English Roses "One of my favorite songs of it's era, from Pretenders highly underrated second album."
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs "My whole family are huge Tom Waits fans. My four year old son does an excellent Waits impression."
The War on Drugs - Black Water Falls "One of my favorite newer bands. This was the song that first made me fall in love with them."
Ann Peebles - I Can't Stand The Rain "Memphis R&B at its finest."
Tom T. Hall - I Hope It Rains at My Funeral "Mr Hall is one of my very favorite songwriters of all time. This one is a perfect example of why."
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Son Volt - Tear Stained Eye "The year we started DBT, this was my favorite song on my favorite album of the year. I still love it."
R.E.M. - So. Central Rain My all time favorite southern rock band was never better than on this incredible song. i still remember seeing them doing it on Letterman about a year before this song came out.
Neil Young - See The Sky About to Rain "Neil has always been an all time favorite and this one features the amazing Levon Helm on drums."
The Band - Acadian Driftwood "Of course this one features Levon also. My favorite post brown album track by my all time favorite band."
Randy Newman - Louisiana 1927 "One of the most stunning songs ever written and a perfect way to end a playlist devoted to rain songs. ENJOY!!!"