Juke Joint Therapy

by David James

After Slick Daddy — aka Billy Ray Thompson —  gave up driving his log truck and took up with playing and singing the blues full-time, he was what you might call a hot property around the juke joints along Highway 61 and the women didn't seem to mind his slight limp and plump belly when his brow would furrow and he'd whip out his harpoon and start a blues number, pushing out those moanful sounds because you could see their tight, lonely expressions unravel into smiles, spoiling the sadness that they brought with them into the honky-tonks from the everyday sameness of their lives.