Lynyrd Skynyrd were one of the pillars of my musical development, as mentioned in this space before. I still think of us wiry 13 year-olds, self-named 200 Proof, playing Southern Rock numbers in my parents basement.
While Buffalo Tom has fooled around with “Tuesday’s Gone” at soundchecks, I don’t think we ever played it in a set for real, unless we were well drunk at at the butt-end of a night. Of course, this was a situation in which we sometimes found ourselves. But one of the band’s first covers was Badfinger’s “No Matter What.” I remember going out and getting that single when I was a kid. I love Badfinger. But this other cover this week is one of those really nice songs that sometimes sneaks up on you. The band was mostly known for big, melancholy power pop and guitar-driven ballads. But this is a real folky number. I was actually searching for the Skynyrd song and “Sweet Tuesday Morning” also came up in the search. I thought, well, there is a beautiful little song to do as well.
So you get two covers, as Buff Tom is on the road next week. BTW, come see us in New York. Thursday we play at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleeker on Thursday night as part of this special event. We only play a few songs. The next night we are at the Mercury Lounge for two shows. Last I heard, there were still some tickets available for 10:30 show.
You in Chicago, please come down to Schuba’s on July 16, where I will play a solo show. Buy tickets now and sell it out. Maybe I will add another. This is a one-off while I am in town for another event.
And the next week, if you are around Long Island, a bunch of my old childhood/junior high friends are meeting for a reunion kickball tournament (graduates of rival elementary schools head-to-head!) in my old hometown, Huntington, NY, for charity. We should all be at a bar in Huntington Village on July 24, playing the covers of our youth.