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Song Stories

“Alabama High-Test”

Old Crow Medicine Show | 2008

Old Crow Medicine Show sing and play their old-timey string instruments like they're from the Depression era, but their lyrics often suggest otherwise. Case in point: In 'Alabama High-Test,' the Nashville six-piece hoots about a drug dealer caught in pursuit while under the influence of 'Bama bud. "When you stop at a truck stop in Bowling Green at 4 a.m.," fiddle player Ketch Secor said, "you’re going to meet half the people on this record standing in line in front of you. If you don’t see them, you’ve got your eyes shut."

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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