Economic depression has little to recommend it, but it always gives rise to interesting new musical forms based on themes of misery and starvation. I was chatting to Mr Darwin recently, and he told me that he was involved in a new band, appropriate to the climate we now experience.
They’ll be playing lots of lonely Dobro music and all their instruments will be authentic to the depression-era. They might even have home-made fiddles.
Dustbowl music. I love it.
I hope it turns out like the eponymous album, Ry Cooder, which was packed with gems from America’s Great Depression, and contained many cast-iron classics, including Pig Meat by Huddie Ledbetter, Woody Guthrie’s Do Re Mi and this Alfred Reed classic.