Jolene – Pensacola. From Wingate, North Carolina.
Jolene’s In the Gloaming, from 1998 is one of my favorite records from one of my favorite years for good alt. country music. There’s a Son Volt vibe, with hints of early REM. Great song on a great record.
A goodly portion of my ancestors came from Ireland, so I suppose I should take note of St. Patrick’s day.
By sharing one of my favorite Irish songs. By Blaggards. From Houston, in Texas. Yep.
I want to tell all you people
I dropped a penny in the well hoping that you would come back soon
I couldn’t believe what I heard
Fortune teller told me
My love for you was doomed
I hope her reading was wrong
I hope she was wrong ’cause you been gone too long from home
Hey gong gong gong gong gong gong yeah
Somewhere along the way, I picked up The Age of Reason’s 1969 LP, Reason.
I don’t know much about this band, but according to Second Hand Songs it was a:
Rock band from Virginia featuring Tommy Dildy, Bill Manning, Billy Windsor & Terry Gorka. Not to be confused with The Age of Reason from the Bronx.
A little Google-fu led to some references to this band (or maybe a related one) as The Reasons Why. Tommy Dildy seems to be in a current band called The Fabulous Hubcaps. I’m pretty sure this is the same guy, because his bio page mentions a rare LP and playing in Georgetown in the 60s. Reason was released by Georgetowne Records.
What I do know is that they did a killer version of Ike Turner‘s rocking standard, I’m Blue. A whole lot of people did this song, and a whole lot of people did it well. But no one did it any better than The Age of Reason.
They also covered Bob Dylan’s This Wheel’s on Fire, but not nearly as well. The rest of the record has some bright spots, but the cover of I’m Blue is by far the best thing on the record.
We set out that night for the cold in the north.
I gave him my blanket, he gave me his word.
I said, where are we goin’, he said we’d be back by the fourth.
I said, that’s the best news that I’ve ever heard.
Bob Dylan – Isis, from Desire.
If I was to be stranded on a desert isle with only one record, it would be Desire. Every song on it is a solid 10.
The live version above is wonderful. The album version is perfect.
I’d want to be Buster Keaton
I’d embrace the blues,
And in the process I’d defeat ’em.
And if my life was a cartoon
I’d want to be the Popeye the Sailor
I’d have a damsel in distress,
and I would never fail her.
I’d mutter something clever
then I’d knock Bluto cold.
I’d be a one-eyed mumbling crazy thug,
with a heart of gold.
Those are some of the best lyrics ever written.
Jake Paleschic, from Fort Worth, in Texas.