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Saturday Single No. 606

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

I’m here only briefly this morning, as we’re in the midst of what has come to be called a “staycation.” The Texas Gal is taking few days off, and we whiled yesterday away with some shopping – nothing major, just a new toaster and some kitchen towels and place mats – and binge-watching the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy.

We began watching the show about, oh, a month ago. I’d frequently seen promos for the series about a California motorcycle club during its seven-year run (2008 to 2014) and was mildly intrigued but never enough so to make a date with either the television or the DVR. But we were watching something earlier this summer and saw a promo for Mayans M.C., an upcoming similar show created and produced by the same folks, and the Texas Gal was interested. So we Hulued and began watching.

And, as anyone who watched the show knows, one of the most effective portions is the music: Much of it is original to the show but a fair portion of it is very effective covers (and some is pulled from previously released albums by various artists, Patty Griffin, for one). From what I’ve been able to suss out – not wanting to dig too deeply into stuff online and find plot spoilers – the backing band for much of the music is a roots group called the Forest Rangers. Lead vocals come from various folks, some pretty well-known like Curtis Stigers and Indigenous, while others are lesser-known (to me, anyway) like the Stone Foxes, Noah Gundersen, and the Tarbox Ramblers. (Some of the most effective tracks have lead vocals from cast member Katey Sagal.)

I’ve spent hours on YouTube wandering through videos of music from the show, especially those posted by the Forest Rangers account – again, trying very hard not to blunder into spoilers – and I’ve added heavily to the figurative list of artists whose work I need to explore. Jake Smith, who records as The White Buffalo, was already on that list, but since hearing a tune he recorded with the Forest Rangers for a 2014 episode of Sons of Anarchy, I’ve moved him up a fair number of places.

Here’s the track that made me want more of his work: “Come Join the Murder” by The White Buffalo with the Forest Rangers. It’s today’s Saturday Single.