In 2007, Canadian guitar slinger Luke Doucet spent about six months living in our fair city, having sought refuge from the frosty Northern winter. The Scene talked to Doucet in February of that year—a distant, more innocent time when Meemaw and local Yuengling distribution weren't even glints in our eyes. Doucet talked about the foibles of living in an industry town, the woes of writing songs when you're a blissful newlywed and his goal of writing 40 songs to be whittled to 10 for a new album.
That album, Blood's Too Rich, came out in June. It's jam-packed with Doucet's excellent guitar work, clever pop moments and hearty Americana influence. It also includes a song about us. "First Day (In The New Home Town)" enters the limited cannon of songs that namecheck our colorful cast of local rock-club characters. (I'm thinking Ryan Adams' "Tennessee Sucks" shoutout to "Johnny B, weird and tall.") In the catchy little tune, Doucet sings about booking shows with Grimey, getting drunk in the afternoon and feeling like the "North wind in his clothes" outs him as an outsider.
Unfortunately, Doucet currently has no local dates on his docket, but hopefully he'll fly South once the weather cools.