Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Revolution's Gone Way Beyond Me

Artist: Gary P. Nunn

Album: Nobody But Me

Song: "Tennessee Road"

Even a King is but a mother's son. Eliza Gilykson's "Tennessee Road" does not celebrate Elvis Presley. It pities him. The grandeur of incredible fame isolates, confuses, and grinds. Perhaps it is only fitting that his downfall serves as the tragic precursor for Michael Jackson. Well, that and Lisa Marie too. 

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Barrelhousin' 'til the Moon Is Low

Artists: Bob Seger System

Album: Mongrel

Song: "Lucifer"

If you're turned off to Bob Seger's late-1970s arena rockers and radio ballads, be aware he has a prefame universe of albums that stomp with diesel-powered grooves. "Lucifer" is a Nuggetsesque blast of urban swagger, bloodshot blue-eyed soul, and a foghorn organ. This is strut rock of the highest degree.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

You Knew I'd Take What You Were Giving

Artist: Rusty Wier

Album: Stacked Deck

Song: "Good, Good Lovin'"

The orange heat of the BBQ coals fades into silent oblivion. Crickets chirp in the tall grass that surround the old farmhouse clearing. Clusters of friends laugh and shout as they wipe sweat from their brows using icy beer bottles and cowboy hat brims. And if I ever find myself here, slow dancing with a pretty cowgirl under the light of a full summer moon, I want this song playing.