Loretta In Laredo is released!
Loretta In Laredo is released!

The second single fromThe Handsome Years hits the shelves!

That's it, people: Big Medicine Head has released Loretta In Laredo. Loretta continues a thread that began on the first Big Medicine Head album Rex Hotel  - a contemplation of American culture through the lens of modern evangelism. It's something of a bookend to the first single from The Handsome Years, Prayer Shack.

One day Bruce Rockwell came to Bob Gemmell with a song title and a couple chords. Bruce said," The song is about a girl named Loretta in Laredo. I don't think she's a native of Laredo. I think she got left there."  Bob replied, "Clearly this is about a young woman who is living a normal life in an idyllic small farm town on the north coast of Caifornia, who finds herself in the middle of the all-too-common American cautionary struggle of a person who is spiritually seduced by televangelism broadcast out of Texas; she must get to Texas at all costs",  to which Bruce replied, "Clearly." 

JeffyD observed that this was not just a country song - this was to be the sound of Hank Williams channeled through the Waterboys. Bob plays mandolin, banjo, and guitar. JD Devros kicked in a great dobro solo and bass guitar, JeffyD played drums, and Johnny McGuire floats above it all, infusing the track with remote soul.

And there you have it: the genesis of the song. We hope you like it. We've been doing this since before sons were a twinkle in Mumford's eye.

Listen to the audio and read the lyrics, watch the video on YouTube, or check online music locations such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, and more...

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