I get up really early on cook days. Like, 2am early. It kind of sucks, but it's kind of cool at the same time. The solitude is nice, the coffee is necessary, and the music is mine to choose.
Lately I've been been ping-ponging from old jazz to new country. That's broad, so let me specify. Old jazz typically equals Ray Brown Trio, Reinhardt & Grappelli, or Oscar Peterson, New country probably isn't the correct term, as one's mind immediately goes to Top 40 radio country, which is right out. New country for me, and for staring at fires for hours with coffee in hand, is Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, or Colter Wall.
Old jazz usually gets the call while prepping in the kitchen, while new country is for fire staring. Something about a cool night (morning) sky, beverage in hand, and flickering fire--whether it be on a riverbank, campsite, or firebox of a smoker. That's why the country is suitable for staying up late or getting up early, just so long as there's fire involved.
This is from his first album, but still my go-to song, whether it's night or morning;
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