Tarkio–Keeping Me Awake

Before moving to Oregon to start his *cough* other band, Colin Meloy fronted the Missoula, Montana based Tarkio.  While fans of The Decemberists like to harp about how remedial and lame the band is, I have always and will always think they produced immeasurably better music than their Kill Rock Stars signed counterparts.  Keeping Me Awake, the first song off their LP, is a rolling, bluegrass-inspired beauty with a touch of sadness that’s provided the soundtrack to many miles of interstate.  Featuring Ellie Nuno on the fiddle, it has a simple honesty that would disappear on much of Meloy’s later work.

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