Thursday, June 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday: The Guthries' "Season to Leave"

I met someone recently who toured with Matt Mays, and it reminded me just how much I love the Canadian rocker and all of his previous musical endeavours. Before finding his way to rock radio airwaves with his El Torpedo boys, Mays led a band called The Guthries - an Atlantic country-rock crew of high school friends and siblings known for a stomping blend of jangly instruments and big Americana family harmonies. On The Guthries' early tracks, it's easy to recognize Mays' coined growl leading the troops, but the rootsier repertoire tips you off it's from a past life. Although a great sound - and actually more to my liking - the old stuff isn't as edgy as what Mattt is known to rip nowadays.

This Guthries classic is one I pull deep out of my pockets whenever this time of year rolls around. "Season to Leave" is probably, whether you know it or not, the anthem you're looking for as the warm weather rolls in and your cubicle has never felt more cage-like. Especially nearing the beginning of a long weekend, when the masses flood highways to find getaways and lakes - this building folky ode is the most fitting theme song for a summer escape.


1 comment:

  1. Love this song. I saw The Guthries do this live on a CBC program. Don't recall the name of it but it was a good live version with good sound quality. Would love to break into the CBC vault to find it.