Sleepy Sunday, Vol. 50

It was 29 degrees at noon Saturday here in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Then the temperature started falling out of sight.

The overnight low was expected to be about 11 below zero. Today’s high is expected to be zero. Maybe.

Oh, yeah, and the wind is blowing and will continue to blow out of the west-northwest at 25 mph, gusting to 40 mph. That puts the wind chill at 30 below to 40 below. Charming.

That’s what the lovely Janet is leaving behind as she hops on a plane this afternoon, bound for sunny, mild San Diego, California. She writes about e-mail marketing, and is on her way to the Direct Marketing Association’s E-Mail Evolution Conference.

She’s worked in the Internet industry for several years, and these kinds of conferences always are in some seasonally pleasant place. But never in, say, Fargo or Duluth or Green Bay at this time of year.

On today’s tune, Sleepy LaBeef, national treasure, also is dealing with being left behind by a woman who’s off to the big city. It’s a cover of a song written by Mississippi bluesman Jimmy Reed, for whom it hit No. 3 on the R&B singles chart in 1961.

“Go ahead, a-pretty baby, a-honey, knock yourself out/Oh, go ahead, a-pretty baby, a-honey, knock yourself out.”


“Bright Lights, Big City,” Sleepy LaBeef, from “Rockabilly Blues,” 2001.

Sleepy recorded this at the Shook Shack in Nashville in 1980. He’s backed by Cliff Parker on guitar, Henry Strzelecki on bass, Earl Poole Ball on piano and D.J. Fontana on drums. Ball, who adds some nice honky-tonk piano, used to play with Johnny Cash. Fontana, of course, used to play with Elvis.


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