With their scorching cover of “Baby, Please Don’t Go,” Sons of Anarchy house band the Forest Rangers add to the storied lineage of a ubiquitous blues standard. Their no-frills version is set to appear in the seventh season’s fourth episode, “Poor Little Lambs,” which airs on Tuesday, September 30th.
SoA music supervisor Bob Thiele says this straightforward, guitar-heavy approach is exactly what the Forest Rangers had in mind. “This one ain’t rocket science,” he tells Rolling Stone, calling the track “a straight-up, balls-out version of the blues classic made famous by Muddy Waters.”
The song is dominated by the one-two punch of Franky Perez’s gritty vocal and the searing electric guitar texture of new member Benji Lysaght; this atmosphere frames the darkness of the episode, which finds evil touching down in series locale Charming, California. “Hell descends on Charming,” Thiele says, “and this underscores the mayhem and its aftermath.”
“Here we have a new Forest Ranger, handsome Michael Urbano, playing drums,” Thiele continues. “He’s played on countless hit records, and I’ve been trying to get him into the fold for some time. The stars finally aligned, and he’s joined by his old partner from Cracker, Davey Faragher, on bass. Lysaght, another new addition to the Forest Rangers, plays some torrid guitar, and Franky Perez, as usual, sings his ass off.”
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Below, check out an exclusive listen to the powerhouse track.