The Knitters - Poor Old Heartsick Me
from Poor Little Critter on the Road (1985)
The Knitters are a country side project of seminal Los Angeles punk band X. At least, I’m told they’re seminal — I’m not actually that familiar with their work, much less L.A. punk in general. That said, their love of American roots and country music is utterly winning, and shines through on this track, which was originally performed in 1960 by June Carter. Vocalist Exene Cervenka has a perfect set of pipes for this classic stomper, and the band does a terrific rendition of a Tennessee Three “boom-chikka-boom” beat, complete with a guitar solo worthy of Luther Perkins.