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Hattiesburg Hustle - Warren Haynes

from the album Man In Motion (2011)

I really dig the music of the American South.  If you walk barefoot through its fields, might the spirits of ancient troubadours seep from the ground and possess the corners of your soul?  Could this explain Ray Charles?  Muddy Waters?  Louis Armstrong?  Hank Williams?  The first verse of this Warren Haynes southern-rock gem portrays a seventeen year old kid - in days long past - hitting the road and marching to his musical destiny.  The song then contrasts this with modern times, where that road seems less attainable.  Still they keep coming.  So lay beneath some Georgia pines, shout at the moon until the dogs all howl, and take your best shot.  Whatever that may be.

The Blind Child - Levon Helm

from the album Dirt Farmer (2007)

Still up listening to Levon Helm.  He was awesome.  The Blind Child is an old, old song.  Hank Williams used to sing it.  The last verse seems most appropriate:

"They buried her by her mother's side
And erected a marble square
And there on the tomb these words do read
She'll not be blind up there"

Got Me A Woman - Levon Helm

from the album Dirt Farmer (2007)

Levon Helm died yesterday.  I was driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles when I heard the news.  The first image to cross my mind was him singing The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in The Last Waltz. Then Ophelia, The Weight, and all the others.  My favorite Levon Helm story was when he quit drumming for  Dylan's 1965 tour due to his disappointment in the public's anger over Dylan going electric.  When I made it the hotel, I put on Dirt Farmer.  It is a great album.  I have lots of favorites on this one but tonight I'm locked into Got Me A Woman.  The first line "I got me a woman, she's a pretty good woman at that, we live with a monkey and a chinese acrobat" evokes the classic Dylan imagery that I love.  He was a bridge between the roots of American Music and it's future.  God Bless Levon Helm.

Bird On The Buffalo - Angus Stone

from the single Bird On A Buffalo (2012)

Over the last four years, I've really enjoyed listening to Angus & Julia Stone.  This Australian folk duo offer catchy melodies over relaxed beats.  Paper Aeroplane and Mango Tree are personal favorites.  With Bird On The Buffalo, Angus Stone goes solo with a song that resonates with me.  The vocals and songwriting are everything I expected, but I did not except a Neil Young inspired lead guitar track.  I dig the rocked-up Angus.  Perfect for the long flight home.

Booty City - Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears

from the album Scandalous (2011)

How can't I dig a song titled Booty City?  The song packs this great Sly & The Family Stone groove with some Ike & Tina punch.  The hard beat, the driving horns, the breakdown, the backing vocals, the sizzlin' guitar, and Black Joe Lewis.  I need to see this song played LIVE.

Please Don't Take The Baby To The Liquor Store - Reverend Horton Heat

from the album Laughin' and Cryin' with Reverend Horton Heat (2010)

I'm back in Seattle.  Last time thru, I caught a RHH show at El Corazon.  The club was sweaty and packed.  My lady friend and I danced our psychobilly butts off.  The band played new material and I've been listening to this song ever since.  I love the lyrical images.  "Please don't take the baby to the liquor store, it's not that kind of bottle he's been cryin' for", "Don't need tequila candy with a worm inside", and "Crown Royal bags aren't mittens on a cold winter's day" are my favorites.  Check it out.  You'll grin like a rodeo clown.