Songs and Stories #37 and #38: Chuck McCabe – A Creature of Habit

Bay area staple Chuck McCabe is one of those “songwriter’s songwriter” type of folks. (In other words, he’s a real craftsman, and he makes it look really easy.) Chuck is known for writing funny songs that seem to come off easy (“I Miss My Mustache”), while his serious side packs an equal punch. (His song “Mimimum Wager” won the 2001 Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition.)

Chuck has just finished “Creatures of Habit In a World of Change”, his fifth record. We sat down this afternoon to discuss how the theme of family and roots from his last album, “Sweet Reunion”, evolved into the topic of “change” in the new one. In episode #37 we talk about the new record and some of the stories that led to it. In episode #38, Chuck gives us a preview of the new record and plays both the title cut and “I’d Rather Be in Redding”.

Here are a few links to go with this episode:

7/31/08 Update: Chuck McCabe will be doing a free, in-store concert at Jansen Music in Watsonville on Saturday 8/19/08 at 4 pm.

Click to hear “Songs and Stories” #37 (time = 34:34, size = 38 mb)

Click to hear “Songs and Stories” #38 (time = 28:50, size = 33 mb)

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