In this stellar performance video from the historic Grand Ole Opry, St. Louis roots musician Pokey LaForge brings down the house with his unique blend of rockabilly, classic country, and blues.
"Actin' a Fool" thematically recalls the late Hank Williams' tradition of getting drunk as a skunk in order to cope with loss. At times, Pokey contributes his own poetic and intellectual perspective to the genre:
Everyone has a story, every song has an end
Now I am finished and I won’t sing again
I’ll drink myself green, don’t mind that money I spend
Pokey does not simply rely on the lyrics to drive the tune, he also incorporates some killer musicians to fill in on solos (the harmonica solo has got to be one of the best I've heard this side of Blues Traveler). Pokey's retro-sounding vocals are reminiscent of of Jerry Lee Lewis while the groups' harmonies during the chorus have an earthy, Coasters vibe to them.
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