Monday Morning Music

How did it get to be April 21 already? I hope all y’all had a pleasant 4/20 however you celebrated it. Part of mine was spent working in our iris bed trying to beat back the lawn. Damn, I’m out of shape.

But now it’s Monday morning and time for music! This time, I picked a video from a new band, Hard Working Americans. Their first album came out in January, but the band members have been in the music industry for a while now: singer Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards, and Derek Trucks’ younger brother Duane on drums.

While I don’t know most of the folks in the band, I’ve been a huge fan of Todd Snider since discovering his 2006 cd The Devil You Know. Yeah, I was a latecomer to “Beer Run,” “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” and “Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males.” Better late than never, though. And all of his records since then have been great, too. Alpha Reader’s favorite song of the last several years is probably “America’s Favorite Pastime” from the 2009 cd The Excitement Plan, a fun story about the day Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter, presumably while stoned on LSD.

This new album, though. I don’t have it yet. It’s a collection of covers, thanks to Snider’s wanting to take songs that he considers “perfect” and “sort of collide them into the jamband sensibility.” “Stomp and Holler” (written by Hayes Carll) is the second single from the album. If it isn’t perfect, it’s pretty darned good. What do you think?

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