Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Seth Lee Jones’ interpretation of Muddy Waters’ song “You Gonna Wreck My Life,” from his upcoming album Flathead to be released by Horton Records, September 10.
Flathead was recorded at Teegarden Studios in Tulsa, engineered by Brett Baldwin & David Teegarden, Sr.; mixed by Brett Baldwin and mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering. The album layout and design is by Steve Hammons, with photos by Phil Clarkin
“You Gonna Wreck My Life” is Jones on guitar and vocals; Matt Teegarden on drums; and Bo Hallford on bass. With a definite blues grounding, this version of the song takes it nice and easy like a hot summer day, which is a stark juxtaposition to the notable despair in the lyrics. This kind of contrast makes for good music.
I’m a big Muddy Waters nerd. This song has been on my old blues playlist for years that I listen to while I build and fix guitars. Our version is a departure from the original, which is slower and with more primitive electric guitar. Utilizing open tuning and the double stop between verses is the biggest difference in this recording, along with the guitar tone, which is way different. – Seth Lee Jones