Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – “Going Up The Country” – 1.31.12

“I’m going, I’m going where the water tastes like wine
I’m going where the water tastes like wine
We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time”

The first time I heard Kitty, Daisy & Lewis was a few years ago as I was wandering around The Boise Record Exchange, being the walking definition of useless. Usually I let whatever music is playing in the background just roll off me as I continue about my day, but with the album that was playing on that particular day, I found myself taping my foot and bobbing my head right along with it, probably looking like a idiot to anyone that was watching. Instead of doing the smart thing and going to ask an employee working who was playing, I decided to wait until later that night to try and find out by just asking my dad if he had any idea who it was. I usually can’t articulate worth a damn when trying to describe a certain kind of music on the spot but the description I gave that night wasn’t all that terrible and is still the description I use to this day when telling friends about KD&L. My description of their music is along the lines of, “a younger female vocalist singing in a 1950’s style over bouncy tunes from the same era.”

I know it’s not a perfect description but it’s the best you’re going to get from me right now.

“Going Up the Country,” a Canned Heat cover, is from Kitty, Daisy & Lewis’ self title first album. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis also came out with the album Smoking in Heaven, a near miss on my best of 2011 list. I would have put a song from Smoking in Heaven as my Song of the Day, but I just like “Going Up the Country” so much that I couldn’t not, not allow myself to refrain from passing up the opportunity to write about one of my favorite songs of the last few years.



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