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Music Friday: Rachael Price Sings, ‘If You’re Married, Baby, Wear a Wedding Band’

September 27, 2019

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, lead singer Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive delivers some sassy, unambiguous straight talk to aggressive males in the group’s 2014 ditty, “Wedding Band.”

When introducing the song during live performances, Price jokes that what they’re about to perform is a PSA (public service announcement) — from the gals in the band to a select group of guys in the audience.

She sings, “If you’re married, wear a wedding band / There’s no need for you to whisper in my ear / When you can say it with your hand / If you’re gonna go breakin’ my heart / There’s no need for you to let it linger / When you can say it with your finger / If you’re married, baby, wear a wedding band.”

Written by bassist Bridget Kearney, “Wedding Band” is an amusing sub-two-minute sing-along that showcases Price’s rich and sultry voice. Her stylings have been favorably compared to those of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. A reviewer for chicagoreader.com went a step farther, characterizing Price as “one of the greatest American singers alive.”

Founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 2004, Lake Street Dive gets its name from a specific area within the hometown of trumpeter Mike “McDuck” Olson. In his hometown of Minneapolis, Lake Street is famous for its dive bars.

The band members of Lake Street Dive were all influenced by classic pop, soul and jazz. Noted drummer Mike Calabrese, “We want it to sound like the Beatles and Motown had a party together.”

The band got its big break when a bluesy cover of The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” was posted on Reddit by an anonymous fan. Soon, the video earned more than a million views and actor Kevin Bacon was tweeting about it.

“There’s a nameless faceless hero of our band, who put it on there and everything changed overnight,” Price told pastemagazine.com. “The Internet is a rocket ship to fame.”

The Brooklyn-based band will be spending the next few months touring New Hampshire, Upstate New York, Connecticut, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ontario.

Please check out the video of Lake Street Dive’s live performance of “Wedding Band.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Wedding Band”
Written by Bridget Kearney. Performed by Lake Street Dive.

If you’re married, wear a wedding band
There’s no need for you to whisper in my ear
When you can say it with your hand
If you’re gonna go breakin’ my heart
There’s no need for you to let it linger
When you can say it with your finger
If you’re married, baby, wear a wedding band

You’ve got somebody
That’ll love you forever already (already)
And you owe it to her, and you owe it to me
To hold steady

If you’re married, wear a wedding band
There’s no need for you to whisper in my ear
When you can say it with your hand
If you’re gonna go breakin’ my heart
There’s no need for you to let it linger
When you can say it with your finger

If you’re married, baby, wear a wedding…
Married, baby, wear a wedding…
Married, baby, wear a wedding band

Credit: Photo by Steven Pisano [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

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