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Tuesday May 19, 2015
A triple shot of our #ThreeSongs to begin the week continues with the sometimes misunderstood and somehow underrated Bocephus.
from the 1966 LP Country Shadows
“Endless Sleep” is one of those dark, twisted story songs from the late ‘50s (think Wayne Chochran’s “Last Kiss” that Pearl Jam dug up in the mid-‘90s). The story of an attempted suicide is a bit overdramatic, sure, but it draws you in if you let go of pretense. Williams’ faithful version isn’t as spooky as Jody Reynolds’ 1958 original but that’s a tall order. It was definitely a nugget that deserved a second run through the charts.
from the 1979 LP Family Tradition
I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams
from the 2012 LP Old School New Rules
Okay, end rant. The political material on Old School New Rules is about as trite as Young’s Living with War but there are a few good tracks on it, including “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams.” A duet with Brad Paisley, one of the only tolerable voices on the new country scene, would be considered a classic had it been written in ol’ Hanks heyday. Paisley’s fluid guitar playing is a highlight.
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