Song Of The Day: Chuck Mead, “Tap Into Your Misery”

Chuck Mead, frontman for country swing band BR549, has made a lengthy and rewarding career of plowing the fertile fields of mid-20th Century music and reinterpreting those sounds into a sound that amazingly splits the difference between sounding traditional and contemporary. His newest solo album, Close To Home, is a fine reminder that Mead is a master songwriter. “Tap Into Your Misery” is a particular highlight, a honkey-tonk number dedicated to drinking away your woes. That it sounds like a long-lost side by a one-and-done artist from 1961 who has just been included on a Bear Family compilation? Well, that only makes it all the more sweet…

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