Wood & Wire: “Truckin'”

Photo by Nikki Gell

Earlier this year, dozens of Austin musicians came together for All ATX: All Along The Moontower, a compilation album celebrating psychedelic rock in all its glory. But more importantly, the album’s proceeds benefit HAAM, the Health Alliance For Austin Musicians, as well as the future non-profit All ATX Music Factory. This week, we’re highlighting some more cuts from All ATX to remind you the album would make a great holiday gift (wink wink, nudge nudge).

As weird and psychedelic as the Grateful Dead got, the band remained a veritable roots music jukebox throughout its career. 1970’s American Beauty is probably still the band’s most popular album, and for good reason. Here, the Dead updated country influences for the burgeoning counter-culture; it’s at once deeply traditional and also forward-thinking. The Dead’s album-ending travelogue “Truckin'” gets a nice update courtesy of Austin’s Wood & Wire, who strip the song down to its bluegrass bones. Listen to the song below and grab a copy of All ATX exclusively at Waterloo Records.

–Art Levy

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