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.

Posted by david on December 17, 2003
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Thanks for the "Carl Perkins" song link. Fun stuff. (I'm ready to go back and listen to bands in clubs now...)

Posted by: kelly on December 17, 2003 10:44 AM

We see a decent amount of live music, but usually only bands we like. See the Truckers if you get the chance. Three hours of a three guitar attack is simply enchanting.

Posted by: david on December 17, 2003 06:24 PM

P.S. Clubs are the only place to see a live show for us, besides possibly an amphitheater. Even theaters are a litte stuffy, I like being able to grab a beer and get close to the stage.

Posted by: david on December 17, 2003 06:26 PM

The last DBT show at Zydeco wasn't particularly crowded. But bring earplugs, if you want to continue listening to music for many years.

I don't go to big concerts... too spoiled.

Posted by: sugarmama on December 18, 2003 10:57 AM

The last DBT show at Zydeco wasn't particularly crowded. But bring earplugs, if you want to continue listening to music for many years.

I don't go to big concerts... too spoiled.

Posted by: sugarmama on December 18, 2003 10:57 AM
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