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PLAYLIST: CURATED BY BUD ROKESKY

Six Months is out now!

Image: Maclay Heriot.


Australian alt-country artist Bud Rokesky has shared his new single, Six Months, along with bonus fan track, Beer No. 5. To celebrate the release, the musician has curated an exclusive playlist for MILKY full of songs to drink to.

“Writing my debut album Outsider was a quiet and introspective time of my life, so for Six Months and Beer No.5 I was keen to do it a little differently, let loose and have a bit of fun. These songs really are just written for the fun of it, certainly not taking myself too seriously!” Rokesky says of the two new tracks. 


IT’S 5 O’CLOCK SOMEWHERE BY ALAN JACKSON

This is my go to song after lunch on a Friday. When I hear this I’m picturing a high ball glass filled with lots of ice and whiskey, ready to rinse away the working week and any worries that came with it. 



FEAR AND FRIDAY’S BY ZACH BRYAN

This is the drive home song. You’ve just finished work and the weekend is ahead. When the guitar kicks in the intro is when you turn the ignition and peel out. Plans for the night aren’t solid yet, but you know you can do whatever you want with whoever shows up. Only good times or great stories for later. 



WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

The first two lines of this song sum up that feeling of scrubbing away the working week, putting on some smell good and a fresh pair of jeans, before kicking the night fully into gear. Such a good hype up vibe- focus on the vibe more than the rest of the story. 



IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY BY SHERYL CROW

I don’t know why but Sheryl Crow is a beer and pool kinda vibe to me. Bunch of friends with cheap jugs of beer that you have to drink quickly before it loses its chill, talking away the hard parts of the week while cracking jokes and singing along full volume to this classic. 



MANHATTAN BY KINGS OF LEON

And when I get enough whiskey in me is when I dance. I’ll dance to anything, anywhere. There’s been plenty a night like this- one that stands out is after finishing working the bar at a big concert, I grabbed a bottle of Makers Mark and the other staff and I hijacked the sound system of the concert hall and danced for hours, well into the morning.. I think mostly to avoid cleaning up.



TALE OF THE RUNAWAYS BY MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER

This is a throwback to rural nights when we’d end up at someone’s shed or covered carport, universally furnished with fluoro lights, concrete floors, dog couches, plastic table and chairs, empty lighters, rusty fridges and plenty of trouble. Good thing about the country is no one is close enough to complain about how loud the music is. 



ORO, ORO BY THE FUREYS

There were a couple of years when I was a kid where my Dad would have friends over for dinner and they would drink Guinness, play the mandolin and spoons and listen to The Fureys, Pogues etc. They were magical nights watching them play music, laugh a lot and dance, to the point where I would listen to all their Irish albums during the days. It’s group singalong party music- the chorus is always catchy and simple enough for everyone to immediately join in. And while it’s good to sing along to anytime, I find that Guinness just helps me sing them better. It must be good for the vocal cords or something..



IF I TOLD BY COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS

I enjoy a drinking party, but I also enjoy country crying into my beer. This isn’t a country song but it is pretty folky, and I remember how I felt when my sis showed it to us at the back of Bluesfest camping area. Gang of Youths were playing but it was pouring rain and we were all rugged up and dry under the gazebo, with plenty of bottles of Jameson, so weren’t moving. Except this song moved me so much, like heartbreak. 



NEON MOON BY BROOKS AND DUNN

Here we go, a classic cry into your beer country song. The atmosphere of this song is enough to get me straight out the gate. Absolute classic!



BLUE JEANS & WHITE T-SHIRTS BY THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM

To end the night properly you should always finish up with a singalong. My wife showed me this song when we were first dating. It’s been special ever since and always takes me back.



Six Months is out now!


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