Garden Party

July 17, 2012

Opera just doesn’t cut it as gardening music. That’s why I switch off WETA 90.9-FM on Saturday afternoons and ride out the heat with Da Gator and the Zydeco Cowboy on WPFW 89.3-FM. With all due respect to the operatic fat ladies singing, a steady stream of authentic soul and blues tunes followed by Cajun R&B is the perfect soundtrack for plucking produce.

Morning gardeners can get their trowels grooving early with Captain Fly’s “The Oldies House Party,” which was once described to me as “Black ‘Hee Haw’” by fellow local music scribe John Murph. The jams start at 8 a.m. and the on-air banter is strong, with listeners calling in to give shout-outs and get train-whistle toots.

Chris Deproperty keeps the choo-choo rolling with “The Bama Hour” (11 a.m.), followed by Rick Bolling’s “Da Gator Show” (noon-2 p.m.) and Texas Fred, above, and his “Zydeco Trail Ride” (2-4 p.m.). It’s truly an all-day celebration.

If this life-affirming musical lineup doesn’t clear the weeds — in the soil and in your brain — maybe gardening isn’t your thing after all.

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