Tonight’s functional strength workout music came from a work peer who made this recommendation after listening to me ramble on endlessly about my recent obsession with the Drive-By Truckers. And, hopefully, you know me by now; I am definitely game to check out new music so, hey, here goes. That recommendation came in the form of Memphis rockers Lucero, specifically two albums: ‘Women & Work’ (2012).
Then ‘1372 Overton Park‘ (2009).
Both albums could serve as typical examples of the “Memphisian” sound; think barrel-house rock, Stax Records and late, lonely night drunken musings. Add a broken heart (or two), a little down-on-your-luck blues guitar riff, a smidgeon of pedal steel, a dash of gospel soul for effect, stir well with copious amounts of horn, before serving over ice with some Jim Beam, maybe a pack of smokes or two and, before you know it, PRESTO!, the recipe for instant Memphis awesome. Other notable Memphis acts include Booker T. (see this afternoon’s aborted run), Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Junior Wells, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Memphis Slim, and the Charlie Daniels Band. Of course, Lucero is a bit more modern and punkish but, still, all the same traditional elements are there.
For my purposes it was a good listen while planking, crunching, squatting, lunging, and what have you. However, it did kind of make me wish that my water bottle had something a little stronger in it than just water.