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Local and International recording artist Twinkle Yochim plays at Eat Here on the rooftop bar located on Main Street in Downtown Sarasota on a recent Friday. (February 22, 2013, Herald-Tribune Staff Photo by Thomas Bender)

The days are longer, hotter and with most of the tourists gone, a lot more laid back. It's the perfect time to chill - by the pool, ocean or just a nice place in the shade - with a cold beverage (or cooler full) and some sweet tunes. To help, here's a summer playlist filled with songs by local artists. Enjoy.

1. “Summer Love,” We The Kings: Let’s kick things off with this killer summertime confection about warm-weather romance by the Bradenton pop punk band that proudly reps the 941 worldwide.

2. “Smile,” Frankie Lombardi: A gorgeous love song with a tender lullaby quality, all delicate vocals and subtle acoustic guitar strumming, by the artist best known for being the drummer/backup vocalist in his buddy Dickey Betts’ group Great Southern.

3. “Southern Livin’,” Southern Hospitality: The best song on guitar great Damon Fowler’s blues super group’s debut album features a verse he wrote about the easygoing joys of life at home on Anna Maria Island.

4. “Spaceship Ride,” Sons of Hippies: This trippy trio based in Sarasota offers a song that lives up to its title, providing listeners with a proggy jam through the heavens.

5. “Louisiana’s Missin’ Me,” Twinkle: This swampy torch song by Sarasota’s foremost female singer is pure Dixie soul, a potent reminder of Twinkle’s timeless appeal.

6. “A Pretty Girl (A Cadillac and Some Money),” Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones: A slow-burning, swing blues by Bradenton’s Doug Deming that vividly recalls the joys and freedoms of the 1950s; which might be more myth than fact but are mighty fun to visit via song all the same.

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7. “Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo,” Rick Derringer: This classic rock favorite written and sung by guitar hero and Bradenton area resident Derringer features the line, “There was a group called ‘The Jokers,’ they were layin’ it down.” That would be one of Betts’ pre-Allman Brothers groups that he formed in Sarasota.

8. “Days That Come,” The Human Condition: Sarasota-based singer, songwriter and guitarist Dean Johanesen assembled a fine group of musicians for this folk-rock number with a nice dollop of funk.

9. “Sarasota Sunset,” Booker T. & The MG's: Donald Duck" Dunn, the bassist who played an integral role in creating the gritty Memphis soul sound at Stax Records in the 1960s as part of the legendary group Booker T. and the MGs, lived in Manatee County before he passed last year. In the 1990s, Dunn co-wrote and plays brilliant bass on this instrumental that wonderfully captures the natural beauty and inherent serenity of the titular attraction.

10. “Sunrise,” Justin Layman: Sarasota singer-songwriter delivers a smoky, acoustic ditty with plenty of bounce about making a summer night of good times last until the “sunrise.”

11. “Every Breath,” Boyce Avenue: One of the biggest bands to come out of Sarasota in the past decade plays a modern rock song that pours through the speakers like the kind of love letter that typically precedes a marriage proposal.

12. “Sail Away,” The Allman Brothers Band: Dickey Betts, who lives in Sarasota, wrote this song featuring some of his most emotive vocals while “sitting in Bradenton, watching a sailboat drift toward the sunset,” wrote Scott Freeman in his book “Midnight Riders.” The song closes the Allman Brothers Band’s 1979 comeback album “Enlightened Rogues,” which also features the late Dan Toler, who lived in Manatee County, on guitar.

13. “Shady Grove,” Passerine: Sarasota folk/new-grass band does a great job of bringing this 18th-century love song with a mesmerizing melody back to life.

14. “Merry Go Round,” Kettle of Fish: The final track on Kettle of Fish's upcoming, self-titled EP is a fiery roots-rocker penned by singer/guitarist Dana Lawrence.

15. “The Venice Concerto,” Dick Hyman: One of the greatest jazz and classical pianists alive composed this dazzling ode to his hometown.

16. “Salad Days,” Have Gun, Will Travel: Let’s close the playlist with this folk-rock band’s loving homage to life along the Manatee River and the other places they adore in their native Bradenton.

Hear Wade Tatangelo’s "Summer playlist for Ticket Sarasota" on Spotify.

Live version of Kettle of Fish's "Merry Go Round" from recent Wanee Music Festival:

Last modified: June 11, 2013
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