Morning Music: The Spanish Entomologist

Greenhouse - Leo KottkeNext in our journey through the career of Leo Kottke, we have 1972’s Greenhouse. He sings a lot more on this album. And at times, he’s very good. For example, check out Tiny Island. He also does a few songs by John Fahey — probably the biggest influence on Kottke’s style. The album is a true solo album — except for the last track on the album, it is just Kottke with his guitar. And it was recorded in just three days.

The song I’ve chosen today is, “The Spanish Entomologist.” It is really too delightful for words. It’s a medley. It starts with “Grand Texas” — but you probably know it from the Hank Williams classic “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” (That would be a good week of music — following that progression.) And then he transitions into the Sons of the Pioneers song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” And then back. Unfortunately, I can’t find a live version of the song, so here is the title track with nothing to look at but the album cover. Not that it matters; it’s two and a half music of joy.

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