Texas-by-way-of-California transplant Mike Stinson says he probably would be late to his final resting place, but he didn’t write “Late to My Funeral” as a deep-think piece.
“I just thought it was a funny title and then it turned into a pretty funny story about getting busted,” he admits. “It is true that I’m late for most of the things I do, so I felt uniquely qualified to use the title.”
His high-octane country-rock track comes off the brand new album, Hell and Half of Georgia, which finds the honky-tonk revivalist releasing his first set of tunes written exclusively in the Lone Star State. Stinson then recruited veteran producer R.S. Fields (John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle) to make sure his roots were properly planted.
But even with all that traditionally-minded influence, “Late for My Funeral” still has a whiff of SoCal to it, and here’s why:
“It was just sheer luck that Social Distortion was playing in Austin while we were recording,” says Stinson. “I was able to get several of my friends from the band to come play on the record, including the backup singers. Between Danny McGough’s organ playing and Dessy [Di Lauro] and Ijeoma [Njaka]’s singing, they brought the church to that track.”
Check out Mike Stinson’s perfectly-timed “Late for My Funeral.”