Hi guys, I’m happy to let you know that I have a long overdue update from the beloved (in only one small part of the zip code) Mayor Cass. Now, I realize that nobody here in Bootleg City has been asking for an update and being that it’s the holidays and all, I thought that was pretty sad, so I took it upon myself to check in on my old nemesis.
Prison life certainly hasn’t been easy for the Mayor, but the good news is that he and the fellow prisoners are continuing to explore their love of music. Lately, they’ve been listening to the music of Dan Baird and the Georgia Satellites. Cass told me that they’ve been slowly making their way through the Sats catalog over the past few months and finally have arrived at Baird’s solo output. With the Christmas holiday rapidly approaching, Mayor Cass asked me if I would share this particularly sweet bootleg from Baird’s Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired tour with all of you, yes, even our controversial visiting Bootleg City citizen, “Guest.”
Caught live in Harrisburg, PA, this particular Baird boot was recorded by one of the prisoners back in the day and features an all-killer-no-filler band lineup of Baird on vocals and guitar, Slim Dunlap on guitar and fellow former Satellites Keith Christopher and Mauro Magellan on bass and drums. Captured with a stolen Radio Shack microphone, the sound is far from pristine, but the setlist features a number of tracks from Love Songs that you don’t really get a chance to hear these days. (And by the way, if you don’t own Love Songs, you really should plunk down $.16 for a copy before Lord Jefito hears about it.)
Love Songs was a helluva album and as one Amazon reviewer describes it, Baird’s songs are “well written foot-taping fun.” While we can’t officially recommend or endorse foot-related bondage here at Bootleg City, we can agree that Baird has a knack for knocking out catchy guitar rock gems that embed themselves deep into the skulls of those that are lucky enough to hear them. More people should be aware of the music of Mr. Baird, so if you are one of the unaware, please remedy that situation.
As a bonus, I’m including an extra show from the touring for Baird’s followup release Buffalo Nickel, featuring an early FM broadcast look at what would become his next project, The Yayhoos. Featuring a superstar lineup of Baird, Eric Ambel, Keith Christopher and Terry Christopher, The Yayhoos have burped out two solid albums so far, Fear Not the Obvious and Bring the Hammer Down. Will the circle be unbroken and will we perhaps get another Yayhoos album sometime soon? I certainly hope so.
While we’re waiting for that, I would highly urge you to check out Baird’s latest project and also the recent solo efforts from Terry and Eric as well. Conveniently, you can get up to date on all of those releases at the official Yayhoos website.
And, because it’s Christmastime, I’ll leave all of you with one more present – a link to Southern guitar rock heaven with this red hot radio broadcast from the Georgia Satellites themselves, circa Open All Night. Don’t say I never gave ya nuthin’.
Live at Club Met
March 23rd, 1993
The One I Am
Keep Your Hands To Yourself
Julie and Lucky
Look At What You Started
Almost Saturday Night
Six Years Gone
All Over But The Crying
It Comes To Me Naturally
Pick Up The Knife
Harper Valley PTA
Dan Baird & The Yayhoos
Smith’s Olde Bar