Sam Doores and Riley Downing Dust Off the “Depression Blues”

The days of the Great Depression are long gone, yet the emotions expressed in songs from that era have transcended time. Sam Doores and Riley Downing took one of those devastating tunes, “I’m So Depressed” by Abner Jay, and married its hopeless lyrics to new, upbeat music from their band the Tumbleweeds. They even let it slip into an Otis Redding-style rocker toward the end. So while Jay was an early one-man-band descended from American slaves and Doores is a young white kid from New Orleans, their musical connection shows how everything old becomes new again — and hopefully a little brighter. Check out “Depression Blues” off their new album Holy Cross Blues.