Marin County guitarist and songwriter Danny Click decided it was high time to create a live show around Scarecrow, as the album still holds ground in this day and age. Click grew up in Americana farmland, so he understood directly the plight of the agricultural hell many farmers were experiencing in the 80’s. “Everything on the album is true of how the farmers felt about what was going on with the farmland”, says Click. “It’s a statement to what was wrong with the world at the time. It’s sad to see that it’s all still wrong 34 years later”
“When I first heard the record it was a visceral thing for me; the songs, the tones, the way the guitar playing was approached”, says Click. “The drum sounds were huge. It was a wonderful performance by a band at its height.”
The album is not all political, and Click made sure that he made light and fun with great songs like “Small Town”, “Lonely Ol’ Night” and the epic anthem and usually misunderstood song “R.O.C.K In The USA” that tells the story of how rock and roll emerged in America, and how those now infamous musicians stated in the song were not afraid to take personal risks for the sake of their music and therefore became a strong influence on the next generation.
Showcasing Scarecrow was a brilliant move, it’s an album that needs to be heard again and again in understanding how the world is at unease but we have a choice in how we handle that. Says Click “The album stands alone as one of the most real honest rock ‘n’ roll social political directors ever made for me. Everything Mellencamp is singing about on the record is still true, but it’s only worse now than it was then. So like the song says, we’ve got to stand for something or we’re going to fall for anything.”