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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Speaking Of Johnny Cash...

Before various agents of evil and mediocrity got their black talons into him, Mr, Cash (he who shoots a gun filled with baloney in a food fight is he who is to be lauded in 'letters have no arms'), had the fine idea of covering Howard Serratt's wonderful ditty 'Troublesome Waters'. I've only been able to find three of Mister Serratt's songs on various Sun related comps, the aforementioned mournful mid tempo ballad, 'I Must Be Saved', and 'Make Room In The Lifeboat For Me'. All are beautiful, simple, lovely songs about God. I can't recommend them highly enough. If they are good enough for Johnny Cash in the mid sixties, they are good enough for you. Probably too good for you.

Jeffrey Lee Pierce who utterly decimated 'Watermelon Man', leaving a big ugly black eye on an otherwise spotless record ('Miami'), had the good sense to cover another unsung Sun country music gent, Ernie Chaffin's 'Feelin' Low'. Well, not cover exactly, but sing it by himself in his kitchen. Mr. Pierce, whatever his numerous and well documented failings (don't look at me, I'm a fan), had some great taste in music. One the same Sun Country compilations, you can also find Ernie, whose peaks, 'Feelin' Low', 'Lonesome For My Baby', and 'I'm Lonesome' (think he was the fun loving, happy go lucky type?) are as good as Serratt's, and hold their own against similar material by Charlie Feathers. Unfortunately 'Laughin' & Jokin'' - incidentally the singer is doing those things to try to fool himself into thinking he no longer loves his women, which is of course total bullshit - isn't quite up to the high water mark laid down by the other tracks. But maybe that's just me.

They aren't hard to find.

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