Song of the Day, December 26: Nickels and Dimes by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings

BaRKLoveNickelsToday’s song is Nickels and Dimes. Canadian folk and roots-rock musicians Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden and Tom Wilson formed Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to record a tribute to Willie P. Bennett. They enjoyed the collaboration so much that they began writing original material for the trio, eventually releasing the two-disc, 23-track opus Kings of Love. It’s a great showcase for their individual and combined talents.

Nickels and Dimes is a standout track, written by Fearing and Wilson. It’s narrated by a man who feels trapped in the small town where he lives, desperate to escape the narrow-minded bigotry and aimlessness all around him. Fearing’s powerful voice is perfect for the anguished delivery and Wilson turns in a searing guitar solo that heightens the narrative tension perfectly.

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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