Happy Memorial Day

R.I.P. all of the Americans who died serving the country we love. We may not have supported the wars you fought in, but we always supported—and will continue to support—you. Thank you for your service.

Bob Dylan released this song 57 years ago this week. Unfortunately, things haven’t changed much.

“Masters Of War”
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You’ve thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain’t worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I’m young
You might say I’m unlearned
But there’s one thing I know
Though I’m younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand o’er your grave
’Til I’m sure that you’re dead

Livestream Alert: Band Of Horses’ Ryan Monroe

It’s been almost four years since Band Of Horses released any new music. And Ryan Monroe, for one, is getting a little restless. The multi-instrumentalist has hung in there with bandleader Ben Bridwell through the group’s various twists and turns, including the 2017 departure of guitarist Tyler Ramsey and bassist Bill Reynolds.

“Ben and I were little elementary school hellions together in Irmo, S.C.,” says Monroe from his current home in Nashville. “When he moved to Seattle, I lost touch with him for about 10 years. A mutual friend linked us back up when Ben came back to South Carolina, and I helped him with the demos for (2007’s) Cease To Begin and finished the record with him.”

More Band Of Horses music is expected in the coming months, with new members Ian MacDougall (guitar) and Archers Of Loaf’s Matt Gentling (bass) joining Monroe and longtime drummer Creighton Barrett. “We had to cancel a tour in March, so we’re all just itching to see what’s next,” says Monroe. “The whole vibe of the new music is different and exciting. It’s beautiful and aggressive. I’m super stoked.”

In the meantime, Monroe has reconnected with his pre-BOH band, Columbia, S.C.’s jam-centric Captain Easy, which is releasing its out-of-print albums on Spotify and other digital platforms. He’ll also be grabbing an acoustic guitar and streaming live via Stageit on Friday , May 8, at 8 p.m. EST. The performance will include songs from his 2012 solo LP, A Painting Of A Painting On Fire, some new tunes and a stripped-down version of his Band Of Horses gem “Older.”

—Hobart Rowland