July 12th, 2010


CD-a-Day: Tradi' Edition

The Chieftains: The Long Black Veil

When Shandree and I went to Ireland, all we wanted to do was find a pub where there were some good old locals playing some rich traditional music with bodhran and tin whistle and lots 'o' lilt. What we found were drunks singing Jimmy Buffet covers, and a great band called Leya, whom I'm sad to say broke up a year later after their CD came out, which I'm sadder to say I don't own.

So these guys, the Chieftains. Pretty traditional, for sure. And here, they get the talents of Sting, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Sinead O'Connor, et al. to share the recording booth with them. And it's all just fine. Just...fine.

The track that gives the disc it's title is about a man singing from beyond the grave about the woman who mourns him, a woman who happens to be the wife of his best friend. Seems he was sleeping with her when a man was murdered by a killer that looks like the singer, and rather than provide his alibi and shame his friend's wife, he lets them hang him. Awww...isn't that romantic?

This stuff would've been better live. I'm still a little bitter. And hoppy.