Pokey LaFarge and the boys have a brand new album out, called Pokey LaFarge, on Jack White's Third Man Records. With the addition of a horn section (I think that's why they aren't using "The South City Three" part of the band name, since they're no longer just three), it's even swingier than their last album. I'm hoping they don't traipse too far towards the whole 90's big band swing craze sound, because right now I'm preferring this Bob Wills-style western swing meets St. Louis riverboat jazz thing they've got going on.
Here's the first single off the new album, "Central Time."
Another song off the album that I really like is, "The Devil Ain't Lazy."
As I wrote in this previous blog post about them, I think they are astonishingly talented musicians. I love that they write creative, new music of their own that still preserves and celebrates some of our American musical heritage at the same time.
If you're interested, you might also head over to Rolling Stone to listen to a single that Pokey recorded with Oklahoman artist JD McPherson to benefit the Oklahoma City Community Fund's tornado relief endowment. The song is "Good Old Oklahoma," originally by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.