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Title: Tarheel Slim--"180 Days"
Post by: Johnm on January 15, 2012, 10:07:23 PM
Hi all,
The last number on "Tarheel Slim's album, "No Time At All", for Peter B. Lowry's Trix label, was "180 Days".  It's a beautiful number for which Slim (Alden Bunn) chose to accompany himself out of Vestapol tuning.  His time and feel were so relaxed and had a measured quality that draws you in as a listener.  He starts his vocal very low-key and quiet, and then jumps up an octave for his second verse, and you begin to realize how much dynamic headroom he had at his disposal.  I've never heard the song covered, and it should be.  Here is "180 Days":

https://youtu.be/hCd2J2CcWo0

   I'm on the chain gang, doing one hundred and eighty days
   I'm on the chain gang, doing one hundred and eighty days
   The girl I love just wouldn't quit her cheating way

   She was runnin', running around with Tom, Dick and Harry
   She was runnin', running around with Tom, Dick and Harry
   I caught up with her, the night before the day we were to marry

   SOLO

   I tried to end up, end up all her low-down cheating ways
   I tried to end up, end up all her low-down cheating ways
   The judge told me, "Go home, son, you'll be home in a hundred and eighty days."

All best,
Johnm
 
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