“Swinging Doors” – Live at Couch By Couchwest
It’s been two years since Uncle Leon made his debut at the Couch By Couchwest festival, with his live-on-the-subway version of “Beer Train”.
This time, he took his act to the streets (and bathrooms) of Brooklyn, with a very special rendition of Merle Haggard’s classic drinking song, “Swinging Doors”. Leon performed the song live (and uninvited) at six different bars and a pizza joint, then spliced the performances together to create what might politely be described as a “loose” tribute to the song.
Special thanks goes out to all the local establishments that helped make this video happen—whether they knew it or not: Buttermilk, Canal Bar, Freddy’s Bar, Hank’s Saloon, Luigi’s Pizza, Mary’s Bar, and the one and only South.
See how many Brooklyn locales you can identify, and watch for the surprise “special guest” moment.
Couch By Couchwest is an annual online music festival, intended as a lazier, cost-effective alternative to its slightly more famous Texas counterpart. Or, as the organizers like to put it, “The beer is cheaper. And the only hipster is you.”
Each year, musicians from all over submit videos of themselves performing. The only real rules (as far as we can tell) are that it has to be an original live video, and it has to be shot anywhere except on a stage. They’ll be posting new videos all this week (March 15 – 21, 2015). Be sure to drop by and check out all the other great acts.