Song Premiere: God Street Wine’s Doctor Lo Reflects on New Orleans’ Changing Landscape on “Claiborne Avenue”
Doctor Lo – formerly Lo Faber of beloved East Coast jamband God Street Wine – is highlighting the June 18 release of his new solo album, Claiborne Avenue, by sharing a lyric video for the title track.
The tune in deeply rooted in Faber’s home of New Orleans, and fans hear him name-check the city’s iconic spaces and roadways.
“This is a country song about New Orleans during the pandemic,” Faber says of the track. “I wrote it in early summer 2021. This city in normal times is such a festive, gregarious, uproarious place, to see and feel it shuttered and still during the COVID lockdown was something I found particularly poignant. I’m also a scholar of New Orleans history – I wrote my book “Building the Land of Dreams” about this town’s earlier years. So I know that there is a long and deep history of pain and suffering, slavery and racial oppression, and I suggested that in the song with the line ‘300 years of heartbreak linger there.’ So you have this combination in New Orleans culture of outward festivity but on a deeper level great pain, and you start to see how the life-affirming partying and parades are on some level a way of coping and fighting back against the pain, and that dynamic is very deep, and ‘Claiborne Avenue’ is an attempt to explore, so to speak, the pandemic-period iteration of it.”