The Liberated North (A Little Dab Will Do You)

The Corndawg 

The Liberated North (A Little Dab Will Do You)

Before his latest release, the Corndawg (aka Johnny Fritz of Philadelphia) was known exclusively as a musical prankster crooning obscene, country-fried novelty songs like "Is It Too Late to Abort?" But Fritz's talent is nothing to smirk at. Southern by birth, he's a great songwriter and a magnetic performer with a lonesome, Appalachian falsetto, and it's these qualities that Fritz explores in greater detail on The Liberated North.

Perfectly encapsulating his sudden and dramatic leap from white-trash comedian to sophisticated satirist of American rural life is the record's gem, titled "Pregnant Scare." Over a bouncing progression of guitar, banjo, and accordion, the Corndawg becomes a man terrified to come home and learn whether he's got his girlfriend pregnant yet again: "But darling, I can't afford another boy to feed/I hope you ain't got no child inside of you." Then the Corndawg's pained wail adopts an added dimension of desperation and delusion: "I dreamed I saw my son and he was washed up onshore/Baby, every lie you tell, the waves and the rocks they tear him more and more." Look, we love cheap, locker-room humor, but Fritz's new direction possesses so much more possibility that we can't wait to hear what becomes of it.

  • The Liberated North (A Little Dab Will Do You)

Latest in CD Reviews

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Staff Pick Events

From the Archives

Site Search

Facebook Activity

© 2014 Cleveland Scene: 1468 West Ninth Street, Suite 805, Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 241-7550
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation