Feb 22, 2014
Everybody has a personal list of guilty pleasures, right?
Maybe you like to watch “The Good Wife” when no one else is home. Or you’re a closeted Belieber. Stuff like that.
MARSHALL DANE podcast excerpt: "I was doing a charity show to support Lou Gehrig's Disease research and I announced that I had these new songs about my family. I said the first one is called 'God-Fearin' Woman.' It starts off, 'Momma was a God-fearin' woman...' Then I played another one that goes like this, 'My daddy gave his life to the preachin', but he couldn't hide the devil in his eye, and he thought he found his savior when he drank that bottle dry.' At the end of the show -- the first time my father heard it -- he said to me, 'Son, what was that tune you did?' "Oh,' I said, 'that's a possible one for the new record.' He said, 'Do me a favor son? Don't put that song on the record. Put the one about your mother on the album.' So that other one sits in a drawer somewhere."
As for me, I’m an easy touch for songs about... drinking. You know:
• “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – not the John Lee Hooker version, but the one by George Thorogood and the Destroyers, only because that’s the one I was introduced to by Jim Doten;
• “Drinkenstein,” music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, performed by Sylvester Stallone for the movie in which they co-starred, Rhinestone. The song won the 1984 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song in a movie;
• And, of course, “Rehab,” by Amy Winehouse.
What makes these songs a guilty pleasure is that I don’t drink, other than a glass of Sangria every couple of months. No beer, no wine, no scotch or whiskey.
MARSHALL DANE: "As much as I've usually got 'alcohol' in the title -- or it's somewhere weaved into the songs -- I don't write songs that are all about getting drunk or about abusing alcohol in the sense of drinking too much. Technically, my songs talk about not drinking; they just use the reference to it. Like, 'Love and alcohol -- can't touch that stuff at all.' Or 'Alcohol abuse -- it's a shameful waste of precious booze!' Or 'I'll be your whiskey, just lay that bottle down and kiss me.'"
So it’s a little weird, I guess, that my guest today is staking his own reputation as the singer-songwriter behind new tunes such as “Alcohol Abuse” and “I’ll Be Your Whiskey,” both of which Marshall Dane will perform a little later in today’s show.
The young Canadian country artist is someone you may not have heard of before, but I think you’re going to be humming “Alcohol Abuse” when we’re all done here! And I expect you’ll want to download his new album, One of These Days, as well.