Aw, tweet tweet: Songs about birds

In honor of the legions of little purple Martins nested and taking flight in downtown Nashville this time of year (on their annual pilgrimage south), we did two weeks of Thematic Static filled with songs about birds.

End of August shows can be streamed here (👇), and the listener who requested the song is named, otherwise it was hand-picked for the theme by yours truly. But we love piping in your requests, especially featuring your actual voice introducing a song, so consider leaving a voice memo at or by dialing 615-320-9100!

#ThematicStatic Playlist – 8/24/23

Daisha McBride – “Birds”

Iron & Wine – “Lovesong of the Buzzard” – Vince

The Trashmen – “Surfin’ Bird” – J and Jeremiah

Natalie Prass – “Bird of Prey” – Paige

Rogue Wave – “Bird on a Wire”

Bre Kennedy – “Jealous of Birds” – Jude

Peter One – “Birds Go Die Out of Sight (Don’t Go Home)” – This was recorded live in our Sonic Cathedral when One was our Nashville Artist of the Month!

Wilco – “Hummingbird”

Thundercat – “Fly Like an Eagle” (Steve Miller Band cover)

The Knife – “Bird” – Ariel

Solange – “Cranes in the Sky” – Esther

Ice Cube – “Ghetto Bird” – James and Jon

Prince – “When Doves Cry” – Emily and Mark

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Three Little Birds” – Anna

#ThematicStatic Playlist: 8/31/23

Anderson .Paak – “The Bird” – Briana

The Beatles – “And Your Bird Can Sing” – For the hell of it, here’s some jumpy but still sound-rich fan footage of local picker (and Americana Honors 2022 Artist of the Year) Billy Strings and his band making this bird song soar with a bluegrass arrangement:

Neko Case – “Maybe Sparrow” – David

Eels – “I Like Birds” – Aaron

Jimmy McGriff – “The Bird Wave” – Abby

Big Thief – “Sparrow” – Vince

Dolly Parton – “Little Sparrow”

Beck – “Blackbird Chain” – Barry

Brian Brown – “Early Bird”

The Police – “Canary in a Coal Mine” – Dale

Coldplay – “O (Fly On)” – Jeremiah

The Flamingos – “I Only Have Eyes for You”

Doves – “Here It Comes”

Eagles of Death Metal – “Save a Prayer”

Sia – “Electric Bird”