One song that won’t blast from Trump’s rally speakers

Jimbo Mathus is having some fun with the presidential campaign.
Jimbo Mathus is having some fun with the presidential campaign. Courtesy Jimbo Mathus

Donald Trump has gotten a lot of grief for his choice of songs at rallies and the Republican National Convention — mainly from people who wish he wouldn’t choose them.

But now he has a song of his own, well, sort of.

Mississippi bluesman-rocker Jimbo Mathus has released a video of “Gringo Man” from his nine-song EP “Band of Storms.”

It debuted over at Glide magazine, which says “Mathus whips up a loose, soulful rock tune, injecting a healthy, much-needed dose of that old Southern optimism when he sings, ‘he don’t like me, he don’t like you/but it’s cool/it’s alright/we’re gonna rock and roll tonight.’”

The star is Donald Trump. Or at least a piñata with the likeness of Trump, which gets wailed on by a bunch of kids while Mathus and company wail in the background.

In other words, don’t expect to hear it at a Trump rally.

But it shouldn’t be a surprise given that Mathus, an Oxford native, performed with his band Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Youth Ball for the second Bill Clinton inauguration. He’s played with Buddy Guy, Elvis Costello, the North Mississippi All Stars and many others. The Zippers will have a show for the 20th Anniversary of the release of “Hot” on Saturday at Tipitina’s in New Orleans.

I’m interviewing Mathus on Wednesday, so stay tuned.