The swampy Americana songwriter, singer, and guitarist, covered by Keith Richards, Irma Thomas, and Sonny Burgess, has traveled a twisted road from juke joints in Monroe, La., and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop to his Nashville home. Out on a string of dates with the Iguanas, he joins the band on a night off to issue a communiqué from the tour, in the first installment of a two-part episode. As KG says, they’re just trying to get to Memphis.
Topics include a Midwestern tour, a procedure, solo acts, West Monroe, South Omaha, West Memphis, “Jungle Boogie,” a band director, marching bands, Jorie Graham, poetry, the punk ethos, an Elvis impersonation, live performance, Bo Ramsey and the Sliders, Freddie King records, meeting X, John Doe’s beer, Todd Rundgren’s cake, and much more.
Intro music: “The Trucker Takes A Wife” by Styler/Coman
Outro music: “Deuce and a Quarter” from “Down to the Well” by Kevin Gordon
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