MOORHEAD - Billy Currington kicks off the summer concert series at Bluestem Amphitheater this Sunday, June 10, and he seems like a natural choice to do so.
The country singer/guitarist is living up to the title of his last studio album, 2015's "Summer Forever," and hitting the road.
The Georgia native knows a thing or two about fun in the sun, and if his lyrics are any indication, it's one of his top three favorite things - babes, booze and beaches.
Here's a six pack of songs in which the singer shows his love for summer.
The title track from Currington's last disc was never released as a single, but it's a strong statement about his love for summer and summer lovin'.
"Summer forever/Ain't nothin' better than/Lovemakin' weather," he sings, though I bet he doesn't go into sexual hibernation in fall, winter and spring.
Still, I don't know if he really makes the case for "lovemakin' weather" when he sings, "Summer forever/Hotter than winter/On that Silverado leather."
He even offers a bit of a passion forecast. "The days are getting longer/Kisses getting stronger," which means you have 14 more days until the summer equinox and smooching season peaks.
"Bad Day of Fishin'"
Currington doesn't mind bumming in the sun, or even in the rain, as long as he's out on the water and not going into the office.
"Weatherman said hot and gettin' hotter/But he didn't say nothin' bout it rainin' like hell (oh well)/A bad day of fishin' beats a good day of anything else."
"We Are Tonight"
A concert highlight since 2013, "We Are Tonight" taps the unbridled liberty of a perfect day with a tried and true contemporary country setting - cruising around back roads on a Friday night with a couple of buds, brews and tunes and a babe by your side.
"Summer comin' through a rolled-down window/Tearin' down an almost two-lane back road/Freedom and fireflies in the air."
"Swimmin' in Sunshine"
Summer is all about leaving your worries behind and living carefree.
"There's a hole in my beach towel/There's a hole in the atmosphere/But we got the shade of the lifeguard tower/Yeah, that's where we keep the beer," he sings, showing his priorities.
While he doesn't specify which season this song is set in, he underscores his working theory that life is, indeed, a beach, when he sings, "Want a little sand between my toes/The sunshine on your face."
"Growin' Up Down There"
Again, trucks and dirt roads bring Currington to another ideal day of being young, in love and having fun in the sun.
"And those tan little peaches turnin' us on/Keepin' things hot all summer long/If I could go back in a second, I swear/Well, I'd still be growin' up down there."
If you go
What: Billy Currington with Drake White & The Big Fire
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 10
Where: Bluestem Amphitheater, 801 50th Ave. S., Moorhead
Info: Tickets range from $32.50 to $55.00 for this all-ages show; www.etix.com or 866-300-8300