Grass Roots, Devoish and an Arlo Guthrie song.
About thirty years ago as summer was coming to a close, a few of my friends and I were watching a summer vacation waste away. This was before we had cars, so we decided to ride our bicycles on a little camping tour before we had to go back to school. On the last night of the trip, sunburned and tired, we set up tents in Southaven County Park. Tired from a long days ride we went to sleep.
It rained hard. Turns out we had set our tents where the water liked to run off. I woke at 2:00am after the rain had stopped, knowing something wasn't right, but not knowing what it was. I rolled onto my side and as soon as I moved the water that surrounded me flooded in under my back. Cold water of course.
I climbed out of the tent and up onto a picnic table with stars peeking out around the clouds. There was water surrounding my friends but I let them sleep. I rolled a cigarette and stretched out on the table, grabbed the portable radio and dialed in a station. I listened to Arlo Guthrie sing the Pickle Song, followed by Alices Restaurant.
I have been a fan ever since.
Arlo played at the 2009 Newport Folk Festival, tickets were $75.00 but fortunately NPR brings it to you for much less. The version of the Pickle song I heard thirty years ago was entirely different.
The performance is an hour long, grab a beer and enjoy it if you can..