Song Premiere: Will Kimbrough’s “I Like It Down Here” Title Track from New Release

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Americana Highways is honored to premiere this title track from Will Kimbrough’s hotly anticipated I Like it Down Here, due to be released on April 19 on Soundly Music. “I Like it Down Here” is Will Kimbrough, with Chris Donohue on bass, Bryan Owings on drums and percussion, and Lisa Oliver-Gray on harmony vocals.

This song is a wry, warmhearted take on growing up in Alabama.  A sense of anticipation is created immediately with the key and the opening step-down licks.  And then it’s a perfect blend of tongue-in cheek affection for Kimbrough’s Alabama roots:  “I like it down here with the hoboes and the drunks….sawdust in my beer… a wake-up call at half past one, I like my homemade wine from a scuppernong.”  Mixing country music with quality instrumental work and amusing thoughtful lyrics about a rich region, I Like it Down Here is a very appealing record.

I wrote ‘I Like It Down Here’ while driving home from Silverhill, Alabama, after playing an all-afternoon-into-the-evening show at The Frog Pond with Willie Sugarcapps (Grayson Capps, Corky Hughes, Sugarcane Jane and myself). This musical setting, in the deepest of the deep South, had been an inspiration and soul re-filling station for me for several years. I started rhyming couplets and making myself smile, so I pulled over, got out the guitar and notebook and wrote this song in a single sitting. It’s a love song for certain kind of eccentric person — a group of open minded and loving people — I have gotten to know down there. And while this new album takes on darker subjects as well, this song is pure love and admiration for the iconoclasts of Lower Alabama, and anachronisms everywhere. —Will Kimbrough

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