Wooden Wand‘s slow burner “Southern Colorado Song” tells the story of the Dougherty Gang’s cross-country police chase from Florida to Colorado last year. It’s probably safe to say you don’t have another song about that on your playlist right now.
In case you forgot, or missed it, the story goes something like this: Lee Grace Dougherty was a stripper in Central Florida, and her two younger brothers had fairly substantial criminal records. Apparently one of the brothers was set to register as sex offender because he had sent some dirty texts to an 11 year-old. (Stellar human, yes). But also, his girlfriend (not the 11 year-old, apparently) had a baby on the way, so he was worried he wouldn’t be able to see his kid, on account of the sex offender thing.
So, one thing leads to another, as it often does, and the three siblings find themselves shooting at some police officers during a high speed chase in Florida. It’s hard to say when they were officially on the lam, but a couple of hours later the Dougherty Gang were robbing a bank in South Georgia. Nine days later, they were spotted at a Walmart in Colorado. Eventually the cops found them, there was more shooting, the stripper took a bullet in the leg, and they all went to jail, then their mom said the stripper deserved to get shot.
That’s the story, more or less, however, Wooden Wand’s song does a hell of a lot better job capturing the mood and details in “Southern Colorado Song.” You can download it for free below:
“Southern Colorado Song” will be on Wooden Wand’s forthcoming album, Blood Oaths of the New Blues, out January 8. You can pre-order the album from Fire Records and keep up with the band on Facebook or on their dot org… what, don’t you have a dot org?