Song of the day, December 1, 2019

Here we are, at the last month of 2019 - it's as good a time as any to start a new feature on the blog. Nothing too complicated here - just a song each day that I like or want to talk about.

Ernie Isley - Fare Thee Well, Fair-Weather Friend

 

One of my favorite guitarists, from his album High Wire (1990). It's rare I hear a song where everything about it hits me in the sweet spot - the solid mid-tempo funk/rock groove, the breezy jazz (and even Latin-flavored) multitracked guitar...a bright, easy production that makes the song's harsh lyrics sting even a little more. And, of course, a gnarly Hendrix-infused solo in the outro, because it's Ernie Isley...which is great, but the rhythm work is what really grabs me here, with all those interweaving lines and grooves.

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