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I'd Rather Be Sloppy Drunk Than Any Way That I Know



Collector and historian Nathan Salsburg assembled this playlist of delicious drunken rants for us in 2005. A selectioin of rare songs about the pleasure and travails of drinking. Featuring a conversation between a man and his marabout, concerning the ill-effects of the man's enjoyment of drink.

With Sonny Boy Williamson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Martin, Blind Teddy Darby, Wilmot MacDonald, Big Bill Broonzy, Jali Musa Jawara (Djeli Moussa Diawara) with features a conversation between a man and his marabout, concerning the ill-effects of the man's enjoyment of drink. The marabout tells the man that "any liquid which does not come from the water well is not a serious drink," and goes on to catalog the evils of beer ("it kills"), whiskey (which "ruins your character"), champagne, palm wine, marijuana, and pills. The jacket notes then either quote the marabout or arrive at their own conclusion, saying that "a man with a destiny should not destroy his future with drugs." -- NS

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Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog, roothogordie.wordpress.com, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.
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