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Fred Wickham - "Rock Bottom" (audio) (premiere)

Fred Wickham's "Rock Bottom" is a modern bard's sardonic tale of twists and turns for the worst.

Reminiscent of the rambling of folk and country legends like Dylan and Cash, Fred Wickham's "Rock Bottom" is a modern bard's sardonic tale of twists and turns for the worst. It's all stapled together by the final utterance of its chorus: "You might think you've hit rock bottom, but you've got a long way to go."

Despite its cynic's worldview, the makeup of the song itself feels decidedly upbeat. Wickham's world-worn perception of the scene his lyrics are painting is adequately met by maundering, folksy vocals. Otherwise, the instrumentation is jaunty, featuring both brass and organ-produced synth that brings more of a playful, sarcastic overtone to the ongoing events laid out in the song.

Wickham's Mariosa Delta releases on September 29th.

Over the Rainbow: An Interview With Herb Alpert

Music legend Herb Alpert discusses his new album, Over the Rainbow, maintaining his artistic drive, and his place in music history. "If we tried to start A&M in today's environment, we'd have no chance. I don't know if I'd get a start as a trumpet player. But I keep doing this because I'm having fun."

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The Cigarette: A Political History (By the Book)

Sarah Milov's The Cigarette restores politics to its rightful place in the tale of tobacco's rise and fall, illustrating America's continuing battles over corporate influence, individual responsibility, collective choice, and the scope of governmental power. Enjoy this excerpt from Chapter 5. "Inventing the Nonsmoker".

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