- by Admin
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – When Mobile musician Sonny Bama invited friends to turn out for a recent video shoot, they answered in droves – and the result is a riotous celebration of coastal Alabama life, packed full of beach scenes, familiar faces and “Roll Tides.”
The song is “The Bottom,” and it pairs Sonny Bama’s rapping with vocals from another well-known coastal Alabama music-maker, Ryan Balthrop, who sings the refrain: “They don’t understand where I come from/ I’ve been down but I came up/ from the bottom.”
In Sonny Bama’s parlance, “The Bottom” is the bottom of the state, colloquially known as Lower Alabama. Bama’s verses are packed with observations about the region’s unique charms and its tough-minded people:
“It ain’t always been good times/ workin’ class down here/ Some come to party/ but we live down here/ best believe we don’t take no s—/ think I won’t do it? Hold my beer and watch this.”
The “Roll Tides” abound, and one line of the song states, “Nick Saban and Jesus, yeah, that’s our guys.”
The song is a track from Sonny Bama’s recently released album, “The Long Way Home,” a record on which he fuses hip-hop, blues, country, rock and other influences into a distinctive stew. For a full interview with Bama, click here.