5 Bands You Should Listen To While You Garden

Because birds aren't the only soundtrack of a good garden.

February 5, 2018
Tin Bird Choir
Photograph courtesy of Linda Bell via Tin Bird Choir's Facebook

Imagine you're out in your garden. The bees are buzzing; the birds are tweeting and chirping; the wind gives a gentle whistle. Somewhere off in the distance you hear the rhythmic tap-tap-tapping of a woodpecker. Not much can compare to the melodies of an afternoon in nature.

But there's something missing. If only there were a cricket that sounded like an acoustic guitar, or a crash-cymbal beetle that knew the exact perfect moments to sound off.

That's when your neighbor's staticky radio turns on, he turns it up to 11, and tunes his way to the local 'all the hits, all the time' station that plays the exact same 20 songs every hour. Blegh. Time to reach for those headphones, and start streaming some tunes that you'll actually enjoy. At least until your neighbor turns his obnoxious radio off and you can go back to the sweet calm serenity of nature. Serenity now.... Serenity now...

Here, find some serenity with these 5 bands that you'll enjoy listening to while you're shoveling, sowing, and harvesting your delicious vegetables in your backyard garden. We've even got a special (i.e. adrenaline pumping) musical option to psyche yourself up for weeding. You won't be disappointed. 

Neil Young playing with Promise of the Real
Photograph courtesy of Jay Blakesberg via Jambase
Neil Young

A classic rock legend with a smidgen of country twang (just enough to keep you interested without getting annoying), Neil Young is well known for his big hits like Rockin in the Free World, Harvest Moon, Heart of Gold, and Old Man. Backed by the American rock band Promise of the Real, he recently put out 3 new albums called The Monsanto Years, Earth, and The Visitor, featuring organic garden loving song titles such as Mother Earth, Seed Justice, My Country Home, and The Monsanto Years.

Neil Young can be found on Facebook, Spotify, and iTunes.

2 Songs to add to your playlist

Homegrown
The Monsanto Years

Tin Bird Choir
Photograph courtesy of Linda Bell via Tin Bird Choir's Facebook
Tin Bird Choir

This is your new favorite band. Heather and Eric combine their melodic voices to fully embody what it should sound like to call yourselves a ‘barn-rock’ band.  Smooth and relaxing with powerful lyrics, their songs pair well with planting seeds, hauling compost, or sipping a bourbon-spiked lemonade while relaxing on the back 40. Are you missing your old pickup truck? They've got a song for that. Did you get thrown out of your house and spent Christmas at a local gas station? Yep, they've got a song for that, too. You’ll love every. single. song.

Tin Bird Choir can be found on Facebook, Spotify, iTunes, and BandCamp.

2 Songs to add to your playlist

Trees
Take Me With You When You Go

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David Rovics
Photograph courtesy of San Francisco Living Wage Corp
David Rovics

Are you growing your garden to combat the always-rising prices of vegetables, the overpopulation of GMOs, and the lack of common sense regulations against toxic pesticides? Always waving a flag of resistance, David Rovics is an indie singer/songwriter whose songs generally focus on anti-war, anarchy, and social justice issues. His song More Gardens is a clear and loud proposition to grow your own food to combat the establishment. Every tomato you grow yourself is an act of resistance.

David Rovics can be found on Facebook, Spotify, iTunes and BandCamp.

2 Songs to add to your playlist

More Gardens
St Patrick Battalion

Devendra Banhart
Photograph courtesy of Devendra Banhart via Twitter
Devendra Banhart

With his unique voice and musical style, Devendra’s music just draws you in and consumes your mind. If you enjoy watching the butterflies float around aimlessly in your garden, these are the songs you're looking for. There’s really not much else to say, have a listen and you’ll be queueing up his songs in no time.

Devendra Banhart can be found on Facebook, Spotify, and iTunes.

2 Songs to add to your playlist

Lazy Butterfly
Won’t You Come Over

The White Stripes
Photograph courtesy of Consequence of Sound
The White Stripes

Not exactly relaxing music like the rest of this list, The White Stripes' songs feature a hard hitting (often borderline violent) guitar, along with straight forward, no shenanigans drumming. Seven Nation Army is the perfect song to walk out into your backyard on an aggressive hunt for weeds in the garden. Not to mention, Jack White says his next solo album is “good gardening music.” So there’s that.

The White Stripes can be found on Facebook, Spotify, and iTunes.

2 Songs to add to your playlist

Seven Nation Army
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground