Buck Meek Pulls Our Chill Strings With “Joe By The Book”

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Photo: Adrianne Lenker

Buck Meek (co-founder/lead guitarist of Big Thief) wrote a song about automechanics titled “Joe By The Book.” Usually we are used to bombarding your ears with the latest heartbreak/love/existential songs, but a song about mechanics is a refreshingly chill break from it all. It’s minimalistic and feels like a lullaby where Buck tells you a bedtime story about mechanics. Enjoy below:

“I imagined Joe, the patron saint of automechanics, to honor the memory of Gus at ZP Auto in Brooklyn, who kept our van alive with nothing more than his faith until he passed away on a motorcycle, at which point the van seemed to immediately give up. It was also written to cope with the real-life disappointment of my grandparents being ripped off by a dishonest mechanic in Houston.” explained Buck.

The track is from Buck’s upcoming self-titled solo album, which will be out on May 18. He will also start touring:

5/30 – Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX, USA)

6/7 – Great Scott (Allston, MA, USA)

6/8 – Rough Trade (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

6/9 – Songbyrd (Washington, DC, USA)

6/10 – The Pinhook (Durham, NC, USA)

6/12 – The High Watt (Nashville, TN, USA)

6/13 – The Bishop (Bloomington, IN, USA)

6/14 – Schuba’s (Chicago, IL, USA)

6/15 – The Funhouse (Millvale, PA, USA)

6/16 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA, USA)