Thursday, December 4, 2008

Leftovers (Footwear): Just Because You Wear Big Shoes

The Jody Grind: Just Because You Wear Big Shoes


The Jody Grind was an iconic Atlanta band in the early 90’s and I saw/heard them many times while living there – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure was (and still is) a favorite CD, its style all over the musical map… from the jangly jazz of Death of Zorba… to the sultry torch of Blue and Far… to the powerhouse punch of Eight-Ball (and who knew the Peter Gunn theme had words?!?).

When I saw Footwear Week in the archives, this song from my past, whose country twang easily follows, without duplicating, Loretta Lynn/Tammy Wynette/Dolly Parton footprints, immediately stepped up and tapped to be included:

“He’s got more love in one finger than you have in both your hands…
Just because you wear big shoes, that don’t make you a man”

The Jody Grind’s career was tragically cut short when their drummer and bassist were killed in an automobile accident on the way back from a show in Pensacola, Florida in 1992, along with beloved Atlanta spoken word artist Deacon Lunchbox – Kelly Hogan, lead vocalist and cornerstone of the group, has since moved to Chicago and gone on to solo recognition and, more recently, an alt-country flavor with The Pine Valley Cosmonauts....

For more info: A fan-based website (last updated in 2003) can be found here... and a great post-Jody Grind interview here...

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