Monday, September 24, 2012

Hear the Song Pokey LaFarge had on Last Night's Boardwalk Empire [Update]

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

  • Paul Nordmann

Update: Pokey LaFarge reached out to us this morning to shed some light on the actual source of his inspiration for the recording of "Lovesick Blues" you heard last night on HBO: It was Emmett Miller, who committed the song to tape in 1925. "Just trying to give a nod to a cat who never got his due," says LaFarge. He also pointed out to us an interesting St. Louis tie to the song -- more information about that as well as Miller's recording can be found below.

LaFarge is everywhere lately -- he and the South City Three made an appearance on Jack White's recent solo record, and the four have played everywhere from Red Rocks to Jools Holland's New Year's Eve show. Add to LaFarge's credit an HBO soundtrack appearance. Last night, his rendition of the pop standard "Lovesick Blues" was featured in the last scene and end credits of Boardwalk Empire's most recent episode, called "Spaghetti & Coffee."

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"Lovesick Blues" was written by Cliff Friend and Irving Mills in the 1920s, and is most famous rendition was done by Hank Williams a couple decades after that.

Pokey LaFarge recorded his version with Vince Giardano & his Nighthawks. The song and accompanying clip are nowhere to be found online at the moment, but we'll point you in the right direction once there's somewhere to point.

Meanwhile, you can see LaFarge & the South City Three right here in their hometown this Friday at (where else?) Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue). Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Everything about this band's St. Louis shows these days is improbable -- we should be paying double that and standing quite a bit further away by now. We won't complain.

Update: Pokey LaFarge reached out to us to explain his thinking in choosing this particular song -- it includes a St. Louis shout out. Learn the details on the next page.

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