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“Rich Man’s Country”
“Needle in the Rain”
“Waitress In A Smoky Place”
“One Week in New York”
The above songs flow down from an album — A Shug’s Delight — produced by the editor of this blog and a good buddy a long time ago (psst: around 1990). Recorded to a Tascam four-track recorder, what has survived has survived dampness (the tapes were stored in a below-ground basement closet) and time and numerous updates in media materials and formats. Of the material we produced, these five were perhaps the most “socially conscious” and lyrically and politically interesting and cogent to this day’s unfolding — perhaps unraveling — American domestic politics.