Our second exclusive video from the 2014 Pickathon festival features Austin’s Americana-dismantler Shakey Graves delivering a taut, turbulent rendition of “Word of Mouth,” a song that pulls equally from Appalachian folk and Southern blues. “If you value your life stay off the drugs; if you value the drugs, stay off the map; and if you value the maps, you’d better travel, son,” goes a piece of advice dispensed early in the song, and the rest of it follows that same kind of dizzying, circuitous internal logic. Barbed guitar phrases loop-de-loop like hornets circling a nest, and Graves’s craggy, oaky voice is the perfect combination of world-weariness and youthful optimism. It’s two generations of American music, colliding in a single song.
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