Deadbeats XL - Black Diamond Bay

It’s May 15th and it’s Straw Hat Day. Straw hats have been found in almost every culture throughout the world, with different styles and techniques used to make them as needed for that area’s needs. When most Americans think of the Panama Hat, they immediately think of Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the iconic American President responsible both for the building of the Panama Canal, and the inspiration for the ‘Teddy Bear’. Then there is the mokorotlo, a hat that is part of the traditional garb of the Sotho (South Africa & Lesotho) people. This straw hat is so important to their culture that it has become their national symbol, even appearing on their flag and license plates.
How to Celebrate Straw Hat Day
Straw Hat Day is best celebrated by going out and getting yourself a new straw hat! You can find them in almost any size, shape, and even material.
Dylan is spotted wearing straw hats on many occasions. There’s a nice picture of him on the backsleeve of the Oh, Mercy album. Besides: the Panama hat image is featured in the opening lines of Black Diamond Bay:
Up on the white veranda
She wears a necktie and a Panama hat
So let’s listen to Deadbeats XL perform Black Diamond Bay!

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