Wednesday, January 8, 2014

CD Review: Talented Musicians Come Together For The Hard Working Americans

New from Melvin Records and Thirty Tigers Records is the self-titled debut album from Hard Working Americans. The band could be considered a super-group as it includes acclaimed singer/songwriter Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Ryan Adams guitarist Neal Casal, Great American Taxi keyboardist Chad Staehly and King Lincoln drummer Duane Trucks (brother of guitarist Derek Trucks). The eleven tracks that make up the album are reinterpretations of songs that relate to the working man and are sequenced to tell the story of a typical day for everyday working Americans.

The album begins with the southern rock shuffle of "Blackland Farmer" which was made famous by country musician Frankie Miller back in 1959. The bluesy sway of Kevin Gordon's "Down To The Well" and the up-tempo rocker "Stomp And Holler" shows the diversity in the Hard Working Americans performances. The highlight of the album has to be the near six-minute slow building Drivin' 'N Cryin' song "Straight To Hell" as you feel the passion in Snider's vocals. The album closes with the slow burn of "I Don't Have A Gun" and the gentle heartfelt acoustics of Gillian Welch's "Wrecking Ball."

The Hard Working Americans have shows scattered through the U.S. during January. To find out more about this band and their debut album, please visit thehardworkingamericans.com.

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