John and Neil Young pedal steel guitarist Ben E. Keith , this is-- simply put-- one of the most sublime Americana records ever cut.
The story goes that Chess Records signed the thenyear-old sight unseen after he sang them "Alligator" over the phone. When he arrived in their Chicago offices, though, Leonard Chess flipped out: Not because Charles was underage, but because he was white.
After touring through a pre-integration South, he wound up in Nashville by the late s. A marijuana rap led him to head further north, where he ultimately fell in with the musical community centered around Woodstock, N. Over the slinking beat, he details an itinerant life of what one would label a "bum. Elsewhere, there are organ-gurgling numbers about new love and community gossip, lilting ballads about watching butterflies, honking barroom numbers about growing old, and gentle, country-tinged numbers about spending all day in bed with your honey.
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