Discovery: Wild Earp

In his new track Oligarchy Blues, American country singer songwriter Wild Earp leans on a traditional folk style in his unpacking of today’s woes.

By Graeme Smith

You’d be forgiven for thinking Oligarchy Blues is a song from a bygone age on first listen, with acoustic guitar, references to old folk songs and even yodelling. The lyrics and, indeed the title, bring things closer to home though with reference to snake oil salesmen at the top and presidential pardons.

The juxtaposition is deliberate of course. The point that Wild Earp is making is that the crooks running the world today are the same ones who were doing so a hundred years ago. It’s cynical but persuasive and certainly the most interesting piece of music I’ve heard today. See what you think by checking out Oligarchy Blues below.