Wednesday, March 30

Out In the Sticks

image: Brian Brown

Bottles of Jim Beam on the floor.
A black and white Epiphone guitar.
Cracked front porch.
Empty icebox.
Handrolled cigarettes.
Grass growing through the rusted Ford pickup in the front lawn.

  1. R.L. Burnside - Long Haired Doney (Acoustic Stories, 1997)
  2. The Black Keys - Everywhere I Go (Thickfreakness, 2003)
  3. Skip James - Crow Jane (Today! 1966)                                                                                         Skip James is the man.
  4. Jessie Mae Hemphill - Crawdad Hole (She-Wolf, 1981)                                                                         It's been awhile since I've heard the tambourine used for its original purpose instead of by  some whiny indie band.
  5. Mississippi John Hurt - Stack O Lee Blues (1928 Sessions, 1928)                                                              It sounds so lighthearted you might forget that it's about a man who avoided arrested for murdering a father of two small  children, because the man had stolen his hat.
  6. Steve Earle - I Feel Alright (I Feel Alright, 1996)
  7. Jessie Mae Hemphill - Standin' In My Doorway Cryin' (She-Wolf, 1981)
  8. Moby - Run On (Play, 1999)                                                                                                                 “Some people go to church just to signify tryin to make a date with the neighbor’s wife.  Brother, let me tell ya just as sure as your born.  You better leave that woman alone.”
  9. Amadou & Mariam - Mon Amour, Ma Cherie (Sou Ni Tile, 1999)                                                     Thanks to Hank.
  10. John Lee Hooker - Tupelo (The Folklore of John Lee Hooker, 1961)
  11. Wilco - Walken (Sky Blue Sky, 2007)                                                                                                      Love the second half of this song.  Might make me a Wilco convert.
  12. Jesse Winchester - Step by Step (Let the Rough Side Drag, 1995)                                                             Such a well produced song.  The bass and drums are in lock-step, catchy lyrics, harmonica and the horns are a nice touch.
  13. Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lucky Millinder's Band - That's All (Live, 1941)   

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