Sunday, July 26, 2009

Heaven Must Be Near

Artists: Barefoot Jerry

Album: Southern Delight

Song: "Smokies"

Barefoot Jerry was an all-star band of Nashville session pros. Friday nights, when the studios closed, these friends would load Ford pickup beds with bags of groceries, instrument cases, and bottles of sour mash. Forty-eight hours of freedom awaited. Tucked in an Appalachian holler was a shotgun shack, its paint peeling from the elements. The men would wheel a piano onto the creaking wood porch, pull out guitars, pass the drink. And so they would play their music, not that of rote producers. Inspired by the living beauty and primal energy of the surroundings, the men wrote "Smokies." At least that's what I hope happened.

1 comment:

  1. Peter,

    This is almost exactly the same way that I pictured things going down when Wayne Moss, Mac Gayden, Kenny Buttrey, and John Harris got together to record Southern Delight. You've articulated your imagination very well here, and I appreciate you bringing this piece to my attention. Great song selection, too.