Drunken Armadillo

This was recorded the same day as “Onda Feels Better”. Again, I was in the process of restringing my guitar and stopped in this strange, slack-key tuning and started messing around. This is one of my favorite things to do on guitar, and can be quite amusing. Sometimes I’ll leave the strings in some completely out of tune manner and start playing a song as though they were in tune. It’s endlessly amusing to me, and endlessly annoying to anyone else around, I’m sure.

I was thinking about my friend Jon Martin, and Ry Cooder’s soundtrack to Paris, Texas, which he turned me on to. Real western, desert feel. I’ve never really messed around much with bending strings, I think largely because I always have thicker gauge strings which make it difficult. But, with the strings so slack and out of tune, it was suddenly easier. I like that you can hear the uncut ends of the strings rattling at the end of the song. I’m not really sold on the name, and would be open to suggestions.


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