Neil Young’s 1972 track “Alabama,” a follow up to “Southern Man” was described by Neil Young as “accusatory and condescending, not fully thought out, and too easy to misconstrue.” The track casts blame on the citizens for the state of their southern state which was embroiled in the aftermath of desegregation.
While Young regrets the bluntness of the song, there was some truth to his words and as Derek Trucks remarks, the song is “as timely now as when it was written.” Alabama’s special senate race put the state in the media’s crosshairs once again over the last couple of months. Allegations against Senator Roy Moore making sexual advances to minors on multiple occasions while he was in his thirties ignited interest in a campaign that hasn’t be of interest for decades.
With the “weight of their shoulders,” Alabama elected Doug Jones, the first democratic senator to hold office in Alabama in decades.
Tedeschi Trucks Band’s cover of the Young classic was recently covered at a show from their Fox Theater run in Oakland. Ahead of their next album, TTB mixed the live track and published it on their YouTube channel last week.