The blues folk legend and king of musical satire is at it again. Randy Newman
has been cranking out songs filled with heart, soul, smiles, and cheek since the late 60s, and now we've got a taste of great things to come this Friday. The man could take up a whole volume of the Great American Songbook on his own, and yet he still puts out song after song that can capture people's hearts and minds like flies to honey. He's seemingly blessed with an incomprehensible lack of writer's block.
"Sonny Boy" tells the story of Sonny Boy Williamson, a blues harmonica pioneer whose name and likeness was used by another man (later called Sonny Boy Williamson II to differentiate) so he might gain a little (or a lot) of fame and opportunities by using an already well known name. As usual, Newman takes the characters of the world and puts them under the lense of his original brand of comedic genius, plus the bluesy goodness of his songwriting talent and bard's wit.
is out this Friday, August 4th. You can listen to a preview of the other songs off the album on NPR's
First Listen here
, and it has the staples of being counted among his best work to date (at least in my opinion). He flexes his satirical fingers in "The Great Debate" and doesn't shy away from taking on the modern day juggernauts with a fee-fi-fo-fumbling villain theme straight out of a Broadway musical in "Putin".