Fab Five Friday–April 24, 2020

A week or two ago, I posted something on Twitter about how we better be getting some outstanding songwriting done during this pandemic. Well, some Covid-related songs are starting to find their way out into the world, even if we can’t. A couple of those are included this week.

So, here are this week’s five songs worth listening to.

Humbird–On The Day We Are Together Again

Sometimes, you just need a voice and some hope to make some beautiful music. Minneapolis native Siri Undlin spent at year of college traveling the North Sea, to Norway, Ireland, Scotland and points in between to research Nordic and Gaelic folk songs and tales. This is not one of those tales. Instead, it is a folk song of hope for a reunion and a renewed spirit. It is simple and it will warm you soul, if you have one. As the description says, original lyrics in an old style.

Iceage–Lockdown Blues

Similar situation, different outlook, different style. Danish punk band Iceage ain’t feeling it.

The only way out is through.

Coby Langham–Highs & Lows

Enough with the Covid. Ya’ll remember way back in the day when you could go outside and around people? Well, here is a honky tonk song about honky tonking from a Danville, Ken. native truck driver. As he says live “This here is a cheating song. If you are cheating tonight, raise your hand.”

Kelsey Weldon–Kentucky, 1988

Speaking of Kentucky, let’s head over to Barlow, Ken. and meet Kelsey Weldon. From a tobacco-farming family to Belmont University, Ms. Weldon never lost the bluegrass twang. Kentucky, 1988 is a song for those coming through the rural noir life. A purveyor of the poor life, in song form.

Zach Bryan–Codeine Pills

I think it has been almost two full weeks since I mentioned Zach Bryan… so here is a Zach Bryan tune. Raw, low production, low tech, vocals dancing in and out…just the way I like it.

Cheap booze and codeine pills ain’t worth all the losing
Not a thing can come between us, damn the live we are choosing.

We’ll be back with five more next week. Until then, remember the immortal words…
“Songs are really just interesting things to be doing with the air.” Tom Waits


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