A young man is told about his girlfriend’s pregnancy while the pair is sitting in his daddy’s El Camino. If you think about it, that car is probably the place where the child was conceived.
4. “El Camino” – Jennifer Nettles Band
Before Nettles hit the big time with Sugarland, she recorded this frenetic country rocker for 2002 album Gravity: Drag Me Down. Consider it “Heads Carolina, Tails California”‘s scrappy, disillusioned offspring.
Drunk driving isn’t cool, kids, especially when you wreck your sweet ride and then leave it on the side of the road for the state troopers to find. All joking aside, if I had to pick a favorite McMurtry song, this one would probably be it.
Whilst watching Cook perform this song during one of the many AMA showcases, Pierce Greenberg tweeted “‘El Camino’ is the best creepy car song ever.” While I’m not sure about “ever,” it is definitely the very best creepy car song on this week’s list. Cook paints a hilariously clear picture of the El Camino driver, and surprise, he’s bemulleted.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.