I spent a part of my morning (way more than I should have) falling down a really bad country music rabbit hole. It all started with following a Facebook link to this “Worst Country Songs Of 2014” post. While there, I not only listened to most of each of the songs posted —the songs are so awful that it would almost be unbelievable that these tune could be successful, if I had not grown up in a small town with the kind of people that would still be blasting that stuff from their pickup trucks + passing on the same bad taste to their next of kins— but I also ended up on another site that praised the I-Really-Hope-It-Is-Extremely-Niche trend of Country Rap. Which led me to hearing the oh so small town horribleness that is Lenny Cooper (I don't think the mud in 'Mud Dynasty' is even a metaphor for something else, it literally is about mud).
But thankfully, I managed to pull myself out of the self-inflicted “I can't believe people are actually listening to this stuff” marathon (as there doesn't seem to be an end to that) and land upon this bad ass version of Shakey Graves performing Dearly Departed all by his lonesome (you may remember the excellent first taste of this new tune, which was sung with the lovely Esme Patterson). Ahh… real music. Sung by a real artist. How refreshing. [hat tip to SongsForTheDay for putting this in my path + this tune is also 'my jam' this week]
I mean, I would have loved the shit out of this song even if I hadn't started the day experiencing whatever the hell Florida Georgia Line is supposed to be, but after having my faith in modern day music burned to the ground, Shakey Graves howling and humming from the depths of his soul was exactly what I needed.
And the fact that Shakey had a cowboy hat on, well that was a nice touch.