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A rowdy slice of Americana from a maverick songwriter with an attitude. There are swamp-rock anthems, bar-band blues, roadhouse boogies, a honky-tonk torch song or two, and a raft of topical rabble rousers. Like “Road Rage Anthem.” Or “Only Dead Presidents Vote” which starts out, “Have you tried to buy a congressman lately?” and sums up: “Welcome to the teeming ranks of voter second class/Unless you feed the greed machine, it kicks your sorry ass.” One song goes to the mat with the corporate music establishment, and another hits Nashville upside the head. Yes, there are love songs. A love song to the city of New Orleans set to a strutting second-line beat, and a love song to the old steam locomotives called “Come Back Casey Jones” in a careening bluegrass groove. There’s even a tribute to the hokum blues of the 1930’s that makes an Olympic event out of innuendo: “You can dock your dinghy in my harbor any old day.” It’s historical and hysterical.

THE SONGS

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ACE OF HARPS
A musical flirtation between a sexy, smoky-voiced blues singer and a bad-ass dapper-dan blues harpist.

NEW ORLEANS CALLIN’
In New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters had swallowed up Armstrong Park, the Satchmo statue (referred to in the last verse of this song) was left to stand a solitary vigil in a watery ghost town -- knee-deep in flood water, horn in hand, a solid symbol of a won’t-die musical culture. When the next street parade comes down Rampart Street, you might not see it behind the bronze, but he’ll be smiling.

ROAD RAGE ANTHEM
America’s most conspicuous personality disorder. Featured here are all your favorite drive-time terrorists: the distracted, the hostile, the unhinged and the just plain stupid. They should all be on foot.

IT AIN’T ABOUT LOSIN’
A better-off-without-you song that seems not too sure of itself.

IF YOU COOK THE WAY YOU WALK
I think the saying “If you cook the way you walk, I’ll get the pot,” comes from the Gulla culture of the Georgia Sea Islands. However, anyone who thinks this song is about food, needs a hormone adjustment.

ONLY DEAD PRESIDENTS VOTE
This tough little song was a coast-to-coast Public Radio hit during the 2000 elections with every raggedy-ass wage slave who couldn’t afford to buy a congressman.

BLUES MAMAS
For Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and for all their sisters-in-song, past and present.

BLUES REFUGEE
If waking up this morning was your first mistake, you SHOULD be singing the blues.

HOSTAGE AMERICA
The NRA says guns don’t kill people. Well, we certainly need to investigate why so many people are dying of bullet wounds.

NOBODY LOVES ME BUT MP3.COM
Yeah, the on-line music service loved me until it went corporate and dumped 250,000 of us back into indie limbo. Like B. B. King says, they were just jiving us.

ROUNDERS AND HUSTLERS
True story. Every itinerant musician knows the low-lifes in this skid-row bar.

SOURCE OF LIGHT
A Video of this song is running on YouTube as "Obama’s Source of Light." It's a secular gospel song about brotherhood that needed a spokesman, and Barack Obama does that very well.

THE STALKER
A psychotic love song that seems headed for a restraining order . . . or worse.

COME BACK CASEY JONES
A bluegrass love song to the old steam locomotives.

DOCK YOUR DINGHY
In the tradition of the old Hokum Blues: the more innuendo the better. This hot-selling art form from the 30s featured, among others, Bo Carter, Blind Boy Fuller and Roosevelt Sykes, each on competing record labels to see who could be the most lowdown and dirty. They sold a LOT of old 78-rpm records.

HILLBILLY MUSIC
A short history of country music. Pay attention and you’ll learn something.

BIG AND BLACK AND BLUE
In the 80s every white kid with a Stevie Ray record and a Fender was a blues wannabe.

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