THURSDAY TRACK PICK - "Don't Stay with Me" by The Claudettes

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Critics have described The Claudettes as "a revelatory blend of jazz and blues," and "blues with the ferocity of punk." The piano takes center stage in the band's music and songwriting, as it does on their new song "Don't Stay with Me," our featured track this week.

"'Don't Stay with Me' is a tale of a mismatched couple, where the much more alluring half wishes her sweet but unexciting partner would break things off," says band founder and pianist Johnny Iguana, who has played with his own punk-organ band oh my god as well as blues titans Junior Wells, Otis Rush and others. "The track was recorded at Mark Neill's Soil of the South studio in Valdosta, GA. Neill, who produced The Black Keys' Brothers plus albums by Paladins, J.D. McPherson, Old 97's, Lost Straitjackets, Dan Auerbach and others, recorded the band in live takes, using vintage mics and preamps and an old Studer classical recording desk." 

"Don't Stay with Me" is featured on The Claudettes new album DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM! 

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