There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Rock ’n’ roll has never lacked for cocaine inspiration: Sabbath’s Volume 4, the Eagles’ Hotel California, the Mac’s gold-dusted Tusk. There sure are some lameass renditions of songs about the white stuff, though. I for one would rather crawl out a 53rd-story window than have to poison my earhole with Slowhand’s mangling of J.J. Cale’s blue-flake ode. But Bobby Bare Jr.’s new “The Terrible Sunrise” might be the best of the genre: “The sunrise ain’t pretty when you ain’t been to bed/And tomorrow is today instead…./The devil has crawled inside your nose.” It’s a worthy successor to Johnny Cash’s version of “Cocaine Blues.” Bare’s From the End of Your Leash is full of great songs about drinking and heartbreak as well, and we can blame his upbringing for that. His daddy was no slouch as a songwriter, and Junior was raised in Nashville among such Outlaw Country royalty as Waylon Jennings—and we all know he was no stranger to the lure of the line. Bare plays with Tom Heinl at 8:30 p.m. at the Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. (703) 522-8340. (David Dunlap Jr.)