Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.
David Nance knows his way around a cover, having previously recorded and released reimagined versions of Lou Reed’s Berlin, the Stones’ Goat’s Head Soup, Doug Sahm And Band and Beatles For Sale—all of which disappeared faster than you can say NO RETURNS ON THE MERCHANDISE. Better get these while they’re hot.
A few words from Nance on his selections, below. Staunch Honey, indeed.
David Nance :: Your Sweet & Shiny Eyes (Bonnie Raitt)
Got turned onto “Your Sweet & Shiny Eyes” at the tail end of a very fun/beautiful 10 day jaunt with Philly’s Long Hots in Summer ‘19. We had a day off between Detroit and Chicago and were crashing at Eva’s friend’s spot which by some good fortune had a backyard pool. The day was spent lounging, grilling and partaking in various libations. Night rolls around and the inevitable fire was lit. Kathryn was playing tunes through a Bluetooth speaker and eventually played Jackson Browne’s version of “Sweet & Shiny Eyes.” “Your sweet and shiny eyes are like the stars above Laredo/ like meat and potatoes to me”…fuck man. Can a line be more romantic? I still get shivers every time I hear that song. Thanks Kathryn. Thanks Fernando. Thanks Bonnie.
David Nance :: Breakin’ It (Mindy McCreedy)
“Breakin’ It” first came into my life, again, around a fire (maybe that’s why these songs are seared to memory?) during a float trip down the Niobrara River. There was some pretty wild conspiring between the tens of thousands of mating lightning bugs and distant circling storms that were not close enough to hear yet throbbing like a strobe light for hours. You know, a decent scene. We were playing songs around the fire and after a few my friend Tini sang “Breakin’ It” a cappella. It’s still my favorite time hearing it.