As I’ve mentioned before, I had this idea for an album of punk rock covers done in a folk / bluegrass style, which I kind of gave up on but recently re-invested myself in (it’s amazing what some nice recording mics can inspire in a person). So naturally, while I was snowed into my house this past weekend, I used that time productively to revisit one of my “Folk In Drublic” tunes. This one is the punk rock classic “Kill The Poor” by the Dead Kennedys. Basically, I thought it would be hilarious to be ironic about an already-ironic song, and turn an ironic punk song into a genuine-sounding country hick right wing anthem.
So, uh, you’re welcome. I guess.
About a year and a half ago, I had the idea to record an album of classic punk cover songs, done in a folky / bluegrass style. I got most of the demo / scratch tracks down, but then of course, life got in the way, as it often does. But now that I got some fancy new toys in my musical arsenal, I decided to revisit it.
And so without any further ado, here’s the first track of the album that would (and someday might still) be called Folk In Drublic: “Radio” by Rancid. Except, ya know, with less growls, more banjo and lap steel.
(Banjo by my buddy Andy Michaels)
This weekend, I had the pleasure of accompanying Cosmic Banditos on their first gig in Baltimore, Maryland. I filled in on Woodrow and lap steel for a set at the annual Music4Change concert. Here’s some video (more after the break)
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