Two Dollar Coat
Two Dollar Coat is a new stripped down, vulnerable song from Brick Blair that evokes classic acoustic singer songwriters like Yusuf/Cat Stevens and John Prine, albums like Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska, and songs like Townes Van Zandt’s, Waiting Around to Die.
“Two Dollar Coat is a musical projection into a reality where I am homeless, alone, and nullifying myself through drug addiction,” said Brick. “I wrote it during a stark period where each day I faced decisions that would move me nearer or farther from that fate.”
“For the three minutes and forty seconds it takes to sing this song, I’m in that future. I feel its truth in my throat, in my fingers, and in my blood.”
“There is a fragile filament separating my life from those of the people sleeping on the cold concrete that I walk each morning. That knowledge is useful. It keeps me connected to our shared humanity and the truth of our time together on earth.”
Available everywhere. Listen to Two Dollar Coat now.
About the cover image
The cover image is a video still of a video I shot in Brooklyn during our last big snowstorm. I walked through the blizzard singing along to the song playing from an old iPhone in my pocket. It was so cold that the iPhone playing the track died about halfway through so I just sung the rest of the song acapella from memory.
When I later went to line up the video with the track, I was surprised at how close I was. It reminded me that Two Dollar Coat is a rare song of mine that I can always sing and play from memory, and as a result, have played it hundreds of times for myself, for friends and lovers, and for audiences.
Acoustic guitar and vocals – Brick Blair
Lyrics and music – Brick Blair
Produced by Brick Blair and Robert Farren
Engineered by Robert Farren
Mastered by Michele Mancini at Demifuge Mastering in Los Angeles, CA.