the first stone

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Monday, March 2, 2009


This 70's garage/blues/psyche gem (from Iowa!) often slips through the cracks due to the simple fact that every band from '65 on did a version of this song. I don't know much about the group, but I did gather a bit of info from waxidermy where members of the band actually wrote some comments about it. This song has a great wind up or wind down feel for a set as it goes from kind of a roadhouse boogie blues to an uptempo psych-out, always with the bass thudding and plodding along. I remember one night, a sweat-drenched bearded long-haired guy came bounding up to me to exclaim, "this is 'Tobacco Road'!" It was one of those classic, 'I just wanted to let you know that I know too' kind of things, but of course when I first heard the song I thought the same but perhaps with a more !?! expression.

Hot Jam with "Tobacco Road"

1 comment:

stacy lund said...

Hey ~ this is so cool. My dad - Roger Mathies - was the lead singer for Hot Jam!! So neat to hear this record since I don't have any records they recorded. Do you have a link for the flip side of Stormy Monday? Or the other songs - I love to boogy or I don't have to sing the blues? Where did you get the record? My email is Thanks!!