An essential from his brand new record, Stray Dogs & Homegrown Calamities, Erik Dylan’s “Farmers Who Can’t Farm Anymore” documents an aging generation of farmers who “talk about the big floods” and “they talk about the war,” sings Dylan with a plainspoken charm. The song’s very essence details what it means to grow older and see the world you once knew fade from view, as your body aches and you grow bored. “And sometimes they wonder what they’re talking for,” he continues. Acoustic guitar rattles its insides alongside Dylan’s reedy, echoing vocals. It’s not the first time Dylan has delivered a performance that knocks the wind from your lungs, but this one is something special.
Listen to “Farmers Who Can’t Farm Anymore” below.