Sunday, October 23, 2011
live Twang: What is the Hogstone?
I wrote this tune out in Las Vegas, back in the summer of 2011. My wife was playing a lot of poker and I'd just got back from hiking around in Utah for a week. As I happened to have a guitar with me at the time, it was fairly easy to entertain myself inventing new riffs as I gazed out upon the blinking neon and flanking mountains.
The title, "Hogstone," was with this song almost from the beginning; I guess it always struck me as a BBQ shack sort of song. Why there is a "stone" tacked on the end probably boils down to the fact that I'm somewhat taken with the notion of mysterious rocks, petroglyphs, and the like. Those of you playing the home game may be aware I've used the enigmatic Judaculla rock up in Jackson County, NC, as the basis for another title. And of course, let's not forget the Pigstone either.
And, of course, we have a giant devil pig as a recurring visual motif, so I try to work as many pigs in there as possible.
If you listen carefully, you'll hear a little girl who was standing near us talking about "Bigfoot" several times during this song. I reckon she found it slightly mysterious too, in spite of the obvious beer-soaked vibe.