Singled Out: Water Tower Bucket Boys' Goatheads
This song is kind of a love song about a festival we go to every year in
The year that this song was written, this great band from Louisiana called the Red Stick Ramblers stopped by on their way to Seattle. They're an awesome Cajun band and there was a lot of that music being played, and food being cooked. There's nothing better than stumbling back to your camp at 4 in the morning to discover the crawfish etouffee is finally ready! We were listening to their album on the way home from the festival and I think I wrote the song that night, having so many Cajun tunes buzzing around my head is what gave that tune that flavor. The song is mostly about how I absolutely love the festival, but the lyrics at the end of the chorus "You can pick all night long, drink until dawn, and pass out on the hot dusty ground" is based on one ill-fated night that year. I decided it was a great idea to have an event in honor of our friend Jeff, who didn't make it that year, called "Dickel Dawn". I don't think that really needs any further explanation, suffice it to say that for a while when we performed this song I felt obliged to apologize to anyone in the audience who had been there!
We got to record this tune with Harley, the drummer from Tumbledown, and I really dig the energy of the drums on this one. Whenever we do tunes with a drummer I try to squeeze this one in. I especially like the texture of the fiddle and harmonica together, it makes me think of Cajun accordion which is a sound I really like a lot. This tune is a staple of our live shows as its one of the few waltzes that we have written, and the only drinking song slow enough to raise a beer in the air and slosh it around to.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!