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February 10, 2004

The Living Bubba (Tuesday Tunes)

Gregory Dean Smalley (warning, sound) was a mainstay of the Georgia music scene in the 80's and 90's, playing in the Diggers, the Blacktop Rockets, The Wellsprings of Hope, and Whisper Garden not to mention his numerous solo shows. He was taken way too early from this world, and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers wrote this song, "The Living Bubba," to honor this fine musician. Read Hood's piece from Paste Magazine chronicling Smalley's life and the writing of this great song. Having been a true fan of Smalley's music, the lyrics always hit me square in the gut:

"Iím sick at my stomach from the AZT
Broke at my bank cause that shit ainít free
But Iím here to stay at least another week or two
And I canít die now cause I got a show to do."

On an uplifting note, the other song this week is also from the Drive-By Truckers' Alabama Ass Whuppin', "Too Much Sex, Too Little Jesus."

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