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December 17, 2003

Play That Dead Band's Song

This week's mp3 selections pay tribute to two departed American musical icons, and both are taken from a September 2003 Drive-By Truckers show at the Abbey Pub in Chicago.

The first track is a cover of "Play It All Night Long," originally by Warren Zevon. If the only familiarity you have with Zevon is "Werewolves of London," you owe it to yourself to examine the catalog of this talented, dark and witty American songwriter. A good place to start is his greatest hits package, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. Rest well, Warren.

The second song is "Carl Perkins Cadillac," one of my favorite songs of the year. I heard this song for the first time after reading Carl Perkins' autobiography, "Go, Cat, Go!: The Life and Times of Carl Perkins, the King of Rockabilly." Imagine a tour consisting of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis... Johnny Cash was a true friend to Carl Perkins for most of their adult lives, so this song pulled a lot of heartstrings, especially after the death of the man in black. The studio demo of this song (mp3 link) can be found on the DBT website.

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