Everyone needs a certain appreciation for the classics – those songs that inspired the Texas and Nashville tunes we hear today. There was a certain honesty in songwriting back in the day that deserves to be recognized and remembered.

I thought with all this cold weather keeping us inside, we needed a warmer tune. This jam was made famous in our circle by Turnpike Troubadours, and I'm bringing it back to its roots.

"Long Hot Summer Days" was written and performed by John Hartford, an all-American bluegrass, folk/Americana musician. He was known for playing a wide range of interments, including an amplified piece of plywood he tapped on during his performances.

He died of Lymphoma in 2001, but his memory lives on as Turnpike Troubadours and various musicians keep his music alive.