Chronic Cover Songs for 420: Nick Eberhardt's "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35"
Editor's note: If you grew up in South Florida, you've lived a delightfully half-baked existence. You've definitely smoked the stickiest crippy and the worst Jamaican schwag. County Grind got all stoned and thought, why not ask these toasty South Florida musicians to give us a taste of their favorite pot-inspired songs in preparation for 420? This Chronic Cover series introduces you to both songs about weed and local talents.
Eberhardt has been somewhat of a local scene anomaly, a musical recluse, if you will. He rarely takes to the stage. Witnessing a Nick Eberhardt solo performance these days is akin to bumping into J.D. Salinger on the subway -- when he was alive, of course. Yet Eberhardt has such stage presence, charisma, and a captivating, dynamic voice that he could be gigging every weekend.
The musician was on the short list of acts I hoped would participate in this project. The normally mild-mannered and extremely approachable Eberhardt gave a rather belligerent response to the request to participate. "What, do I look like a fucking stoner to you?" he said deadpan. Was he joking? Eberhardt rather begrudgingly asked for my email and said that he would consider it but that he couldn't make any promises.
To my delight, the next morning in my inbox was this amusing, off-the-wall cover of Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35." Eberhardt is spot-on with this zaniness that effused from Dylan's most eccentric moments on his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde. When Eberhardt began the song by going bonkers on the kazoo, we knew we were in for a treat.
I couldn't think of a better jam to kick off our 420 countdown. Thanks, Nick! You nailed, what is perhaps the best 420 refrain in history: "I would not feel so all alone/Everyone must get stoned." As an aside, Eberhardt wanted us to mention that he is in the process of wrapping up his next album and that details would be released about said project in the coming weeks. Look for more Eberhardt information here.
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