Here’s a couple videos in anticipation of my next post. We’re gonna travel from Alabama to St. Louis on the Mo-Bama Railroad Line and our engineer for this trip is Jay Farrar. So, let’s get our segue on.
Uncle Tupelo – Atomic Power
Mississippi Nights, St. Louis
April 30, 1994 (2nd to last show)
This first number was originally recorded by The Louvin Brothers (hello Sand Mountain!) at the height of the Cold War. According to Charlie Louvin, the song was partially written by mandolinist/high harmony singer, brother Ira. Here it’s tackled with Haggard ferocity by Uncle Tupelo. From their penultimate 1994 show in St. Loo, it features the bobbed, Max Johnston, on mmm mmm good fiddle.
Uncle Tupelo – Life Worth Livin’
Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT
February 26, 1991
“Life Worth Livin'” is an Uncle Tupelo original, which you can find in any reasonably well-attended music collection. Penned by Farrar when he was on a Dylan-esque hot streak — and if you think I’m hyperbolizing, brothers and sisters, think again — it comes from the band’s 1990 masterpiece, No Depression (thanks to Crouton for reminding my dumb ass of this fact).
This all sets up my next post, which should be up by the end of this gloriously long three-day weekend. Any guesses???