Daily Song Study

The Gourds – Piss and Moan Blues

In songs on November 15, 2011 at 12:18 pm

“Authenticity” is a common word when it comes to music. More often, it’s a question of aesthetics than of fact. Someone like Tom Waits, who was raised middle class and is worth quite a bit of money, can nonetheless write and sing from the perspective of homeless drunks & prostitutes, because he knows how to present it with an air of authenticity, and has spent time in that company.

As far as the redneck aesthetic goes, it doesn’t get more authentic than the Gourds. This is one of my favorite tunes of theirs, simply because it captures so well the atmosphere implied by the lyrics.

Plus, there’s yodeling.

  1. One of my all-time favorite bands. They don’t get enough credit, but that’s ok with me. I want to continue to see them in a divey bar on a Thursday night.

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