I can’t afford to buy half the albums I would like to, but when I realized all of October passed without buying any albums, I knew I had to pick up a couple. I am just one in a long line of hillbillies who headed up those hillbilly highways to the Rust Belt for work. With snow maybe on the horizon this weekend, I decided to pick up the—damned good—recently released albums by the Michigan Rattlers and Whitey Morgan, from northern Michigan and Flint, respectively, even if those hillbilly highways took them south.
The Michigan Rattlers left that town in northern Michigan with more deer than people, but Brutus Road reminds you that a place like that ain’t that easy to shake.
“And the stars ain’t like I remember them
Out Brutus Road in northwest Michigan
Where the sky’s a special kind of black
Yeah I wish that I was back there again”
Brutus Road is off the Michigan Rattler’s self-titled EP.
Waitin’ ‘Round to Die is a cover of a Townes Van Zandt song and, man, is this song hard, and Morgan has just the mournful voice for it.
“One time, friends, I had a ma
Hell I even had a pa
He beat her with a belt once ‘cause she cried
She told him to take care of me
Headed back to Tennessee
It’s easier than just waitin’ around to die”
Waitin’ ‘Round to Die is off Whitey Morgan’s album Sonic Ranch.
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