Mornin’ Old Sport – “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine” (PopMatters Premiere)

Old timey folk is making a big comeback in the wake of Carolina Chocolate Drops’ success. Mornin’ Old Sport began life in Boston, but have recently relocated to the Bay Area where there is a thriving old time music scene of jug bands and folk players. Like so many of these artists, Mornin’ Old Sport’s tunes incorporate early 20th century vaudeville sounds into the mix, as well as bits of traditional jazz and early country string band elements. It’s a thrilling mix that is practically the version definition of Americana music as it draws from so many strands of American roots music across ethnic and racial lines. Today we have the pleasure of premiering “I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine”, a tune penned by Mack David, recorded by Patti Page in 1950, and also among Elvis Presley’s first recordings. On 10 July, the band will release their latest album, Misery Loves Co.. Scott Nanos says of the new record, “[it] is even more old-timey than the EP — basically we just keep getting more old-timey as we keep going on,’ he said. ‘Whereas the EP sounds pretty Thirties Jazz Age, this one also has an old Western swing and bluegrass tinge to it.’” Check out the tune and tour dates below.


6/24 Oakland CA, TBD

6/26 Salem OR, Christo’s

6/27 Portland OR, Stantonova

6/28 Seattle WA, Mars Bar

6/29 Caldwell ID, Dearborn

7/1 Fort Collins CO, Idaho House

7/2 Denver CO, Mouth House

7/5 Columbia MO, The Bridge

7/6 St Louis MO, 2720 Cherokee

7/7 Milwaukee WI, Riverwest Public House

7/9 – The Double Door, Chicago, IL w/ Actor Slash Model

7/13 Columbus OH, Worm Zone

7/14 Pittsburg PA, Assemble

7/15 Buffalo NY, The Vault

7/17 Alna ME, The Yurt

7/19 Boston MA, Middle East Upstairs

7/20 Boston MA, Secret Show

7/21 Allston MA, Allston DIY fest – [Acoustic Stage headliner]

7/23 New York NY, The Living Room

7/24 Brooklyn NY, Public Assembly

7/25 Philadelphia PA, PhilaMOCA

7/27 Baltimore MD, Baltimore Free Farm

7/31 Asheville NC, Jack of the Wood