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Morning Song – Shawnee

August 7, 2017

(One in a series of posts inspired by Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World.)

Old rock & roll guitarists talk about Link Wray the way they talk about Chuck Berry…or about their first kiss. The expression on their face changes and it’s like they’re 15 years old again, not just remembering but feeling what it was like that first time.

With Wray, it’s typically the first time they heard his epic 1958 instrumental, “Rumble“, a song so dangerous it was banned from the airwaves in great liberal bastions like Boston and New York.

In its own way, “Shawnee”—a tribute to his mother and her people—with its drums pounding a defiant rhythm and tremolo-washed guitar carving out vast spaces of psychic and spiritual land is just as subversive.

h/t: PLD

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