Singer/songwriter Peter Case is celebrating 50 years in the music business with a new album titled "HWY 62." It's his first album in over five years and was released in October 30th through Omnivore Recordings. Case is one of the creators of Americana music and spearheaded the re-emergence of songwriters in the 1980's. Case is joined on his new album by a number of friends including Ben Harper, Jebin Bruni (PiL), Cindy Wasserman, David Carpenter (Dead Rock West) and D.J. Bonebrake (X).
The new 11-song release begins with travel strumming of "Pelican Bay" as Case tells the tale from the prisoners point of view. Don Heffington (Lone Justice) lends a hand on the bluesy-folk appeal of "Waiting On A Plane," then Case uses Harper's sweeping slide guitar to highlight "New Mexico." The Americana-pop sounds of "All Dressed Up (For Trial)" should have started off the album as is has a very attractive rhythm to hook you in. The country chugging of "If I Go Crazy" and the steady rhythm of "Evicted" lead up to the storied lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Long Time Gone." The album closes with the quick, one-minute jazz piano instrumental "HWY 62." Peter Case is currently on the road promoting the new album. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "HWY 62, please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/petercasepage.