Core

I skipped my swim this morning as I was feeling a little beat up after yesterday’s core-run-bike combo so I thought that a few extra hours sleep would be ideal given I also have to ride and swim long tomorrow as well.  All that leaves today is a He-man session at the gym this evening and then this afternoon’s core session (Day 76) on the mat and today’s vinyl accompaniment is ‘The Drifter‘  album by Mike Flanigin.

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So there’s a bit of a back story with this album.

Whenever I travel for business it’s my habit to bring home a few locally flavored records for the collection – things I might not otherwise find at my own record store.  And, lately, these business trips have been to San Antonio where I have been exposed to and now appreciate the likes of Terry Allen, Mickey and the Soul Generation, Pop Pistol, The Kitchen Cinq, The Royal Jesters, and The Masters of Soul.  Sure there are others, but these are the ones I likely never would have heard or been exposed to unless I had taken the chance and brought them home simply for being different.

Another album I always toys with on picking up was this album, except it was always way too expensive – $59.99 (US) is just too rich for my blood on a “gamble”.

I mean, it looked cool.  It had a bitchin’ car on the cover and features guest musicians like Gary Clark Jr., Alejandro Escovedo, Jimmie Vaughan, and Billy Gibbons; all noted Texan musicians in their own forthright, but $60 bucks?

I just couldn’t do it.

But then there it was in the SRCvinyl discount bin yesterday for $15.00.  It was like fate had tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Hey dude, you’ve been so patient and understanding.  Here, it’s yours.  Enjoy!”

So Hog Wild Record‘s loss was SRCvinyl‘s gain.

Winning.

So this is this afternoon core workout soundtrack.

Mike is a veteran Texas sideman and this is his first-ever solo album, released in 2015, with a little help from his friends.  And after 25 years of playing, including a residency with Austin’s famed Antone’s house band, that list is impressive – as I’ve already stated.  In fact, Rolling Stone magazine listed this album at #17 on their list of ‘30 Great Country Albums of 2015 That You Probably Didn’t Hear‘.  However, I wouldn’t say this album is pure country, per se, unless they also include electrified Bible Belt blues, punk rock and a little humble dosage of Americana as strictly “Country”, in which case, yeah…I’d agree.

What is definitely not in dispute is that is pretty awesome.

It’s a freakin’ great listen and, yes, I’m glad my patience (ie. cheapness) has finally paid off.

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About crazytigerrabbitman

I am a fat guy and always will be in the same way they say that “once an alcoholic; always an alcoholic”. Eventually I got upset about my poor health and ballooning body frame so I decided to change things for the better. Some people sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or whatever fad diet program it is that happens to be occupying the majority of air time on the boob tube. Other people prefer to run out and purchase the latest, fold away, piece of shit being hawked by some celebrity has-been. Me? I decided to take up triathlon. I had abused my body over the years with bacon cheeseburgers, pints of beer and double-dipped donuts, and the time had now come to abuse my body with physical exertion, perseverance and hard work instead; penitence in it's purest form. The time had come to kick my ass. I am Terry Nash and I am the “fat and the furious”.
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