Monday Morning Wisdom: Kamara Thomas’ ‘That’s No Way to Treat Your Sweet Guitar’

By Mark Kemp

Here’s a great way to start out your week: North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Kamara Thomas‘ tender ode to her guitar, with lyrics any player could identify with:


I wept all night when I forgot my axe
Down in New Orleans at the One-Eyed Jack’s
And that’s no way to treat your sweet guitar

She’s a patient gal, I drag her place to place
Loyal even when I leave her in her case
But that’s no way to treat your sweet guitar

I give her talk-back flak for her rusty old strings
Then put her in a dusty corner like another dirty thing
And that’s no way to treat your sweet guitar

The song is from Kamara Thomas and the Ghost Gamblers’ 2013 album Earth Hero. The former bassist with the indie power trio Earl Grehound, Thomas’ latest solo work is an experimental concept piece called Tularosa.


Mark Kemp
Mark Kemp

Former AG editor Mark Kemp is the author of Dixie Lullaby: A Story of Music, Race, and New Beginnings in a New South (Simon & Schuster, 2004; University of Georgia Press, 2006).