With the release of his new album, The Election Year Waltz, George Scherer has placed himself solidly in the tradition of American folk artists like Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, John Prine and Michelle Schocked, who know that music can be both entertaining and edifying. The album begins with "Two Bush Blues", a country blues romp, that takes both good-hearted and caustic aim at the two Bush administrations, and ends with the campy, sing-a-long, "The Election Year Waltz", in which he seems to indict the entire political system. In between, there is plenty of whimsical fun and social commentary, in just the right mix, so that it doesn't come off heavy-handed.
Songs like "Dead Fish Floatin", a sad tale, moaned over a dirty slide guitar background, "Livin' by the Gun", and "Rich Young Ruler" take pointed aim at politicians, environmental polluters, the gun lobby and the church. Even the light-hearted, toe-tappers like "Chicken Pot Pie", "Goin' Back to Lowetown" and "Nobody Takes the Train" take pokes at the processed food industry, corporations and the fast pace of modern life.Interview with George Scherer