When you think of Nashville, you may think of high-gloss country stars—or, increasingly, tousled garage rockers—but the city has a long, if not widely known, history of nurturing a uniquely Southern-style counterculture that combines rural roots with a psychedelic mindset. Young quartet Blackfoot Gypsies are part of that tradition, playing funked-up country blues and sporting a Stones-y bell-bottomed, feather-strewn look.
The group’s second LP, Handle It, is out April 14 on Plowboy Records. It includes the cut “Pork Rind,” a blues number that’s every bit as greasy as the title suggests. Explains frontman Matthew Paige, “This song is about living in a crooked house used as a married man’s sex shanty in the crooked ruins of a neighborhood north of Nashville called Bordeaux. And these are their blues.”