Erstwhile Squirrel Nut Zippers guy serves up first album in a decade.
By Blurt Staff
A couple of weeks ago we were stoked with the news of Tom Maxwell’s impending return to the record bins: August 26 will bring Tom Maxwell & the Minor Drag from the former lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers. In addition to a new band and album, he’ll also have a memoir titled Hell (after his SNZ hit of the same name, natch) arriving in bookstores via Oyster Point Press. Both are already available for pre-sale now on Maxwell’s website at www.tommaxwell.com .
And we’re doubly stoked to be able to premiere a fresh Maxwell track for you, “So High.” Check it out:
Maxwell comments, ‘”So High’” is about anything that seems insurmountable. It differs from person to person – in my case, it’s about my son’s diagnosis with leukemia (something which he overcame and is thriving today). The song itself is a Frankenstein’s monster of American vernacular. I lifted the backbeat from an old Howlin’ Wolf song. The bridge sounds like something Neil Young and Crazy Horse would do. The lyric is traditional spiritual stuff from the African-American community. I first heard it in David Byrne and Brian Eno’s ‘Help Me Somebody,’ but it’s also appeared in ‘Nowhere To Run’ as well as Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,’ so it has a wonderful pedigree! The Minor Drag is awesome, as usual. Every instrument is acoustic except for the Hammond organ.”
The self-titled album was recorded with long-time Zippers producer Mike Napolitano and features guest vocals by Ani DiFranco along with a talented array of Tarheel musicians that includes members of Lost In The Trees and The Old Ceremony. Definitely marking our calendars for Aug. 26.