Americana Highways is pleased to bring you this premiere of “Trouble Song” by Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters, from their soon-to-be-released album All Damn Day, produced by Jason McCully.
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters create instant old fashioned bluesy classics, and this track is no different. The lyrical character is hiding out at home dodging bill collectors and religious proselytizers alike, all while bouncing off against the most catchy, bluesy musical arrangement you can imagine. Things escalate lyrically just like old-timey bluegrass songs used to do, with the dog getting away and a hearse is rolling down the street with its rosary beads swaying; the tale builds all the while with the rhythms holding nice and steady. But you’ll have to scroll down and find out how it ends.
This song is an itemized collection of bad things that could happen to you or— real or perceived. When I was writing this song, I was thinking that it would have an infinite amount of verses and be this evolving piece lyrically. Kind of like other other American standard type songs like “Wabash Cannonball”, “Sittin’ on Top of the World”, or “Cocaine”. I would be able to add verses or lyrics that maybe pertained to something current or other people could write verses and sing them. It’s still moving.
I honestly didn’t think this song would make the record and had a couple of back up songs just in case. We hadn’t played it live previous to tracking and I just wasn’t super confident about it. I rewrote a few vocals things, and once our producer Jason McCully got a hold of it, it started to get some cohesive direction. This song was a blank canvas when we brought it in the studio and a good reminder of how things can evolve once we’re in there. – Nick Dittmeier