“I started this song on a napkin at Norm’s River Road House years ago. About once a month I added a verse. It’s a tribute to a lot of my singing heroes: Mick and Keith, John Lennon, Johnny and June, Zimmy, Ronnie Van Zandt, and others,” says twangy troubadour Tommy Womack of “Darling Let Your Freebird Fly”. “I also get in some digs on Sting, Geraldo, and Chevy Chase. They’re big boys. They can take it.”
The song is a track from the veteran tunesmith’s forthcoming album, Namaste, set for release on June 24th, on which he is, unquestionably, giving thanks. Thanks to those who showed up at Music City Roots for support at a fundraiser last year to help him through recovery from a devastating 2015 car accident. Thanks to whatever powers kept him alive long enough to get clean in 2012 after years of addiction. And thanks for life itself — which he no longer takes for granted, not even for a minute.
With his music, Womack has consistently managed to navigate us through his world with a deft balance of humor and pathos, snarky cynicism, and occasionally, sweet, unabashed optimism. “Darling Let Your Freebird Fly” is light-hearted Bo Diddly-esque “I’m A Man” kind of bluesy fun, with some boogie woogie thrown in for good measure. Get a head start on your holiday weekend, and take this tune for a spin.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents the premiere of Tommy Womack’s “Darling Let Your Freebird Fly”:
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