Today’s Cool Album of the day (#144 in the Series) is the self titled album by, The Notorious Cherry Bombs.
OK, who knows who these guys are? I’ll explain.
Rodney Crowell was an original member of EmmyLou Harris’ Hot Band in the 70s. Gaining notoriety there, he decided to act on a solo career and began forming his own band. It wasn’t known at the time, but he put together of band of players that would become some of the most well known players (with in the industry, not really house hold names except for one) in country, country rock and even rock in roll.
Vince Gill was brought in play just about every string instrument. Mandolin, guitar, electric guitar, violin, banjo, dobro and on and on.
Hank DeVito would play on everyone’s record and write a ton of hits.
Richard Bennett would play guitar in Mark Kopfler’s band for years. He still does.
Emory Gordy, Jr. and Glen Hardin filled out the lineup.
After 30 years, Rodney decided to ‘Put The Band Back Together!’ This album was the result.
It had a couple great rock and roll tracks included Let it Roll, Let it Ride and Sweet Little Lisa.
Sweet Little Lisa has been covered by everyone including Albert Lee and Dave Edmunds.
There are a few superb ballads such as Making Memories of Us and Heart of a Jealous Man.
One song however was the one that got the airplay. How this wasn’t a HUGE country hit I’ll never know. It’s called It’s Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long. What a track. A must hear. Last night I watching a Lewis Black stand up DVD and even he was talking about it!
The Notorious Cherry Bombs was released in 2004.
It reached #135 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts and #23 on the Country Album Charts.
Here’s Hard to Kiss the Lips followed by Dave Edmunds performing Sweet Little Lisa.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#134 in the Series) is Gram Parson’s, GP.
I was shocked to see that I hadn’t featured Gram Parson’s as of yet. He’s one of my all-time favorites. I did feature him as part of The Byrds, Sweethearts of the Rodeo era.
GP was Gram’s first of two studio albums. Grievous Angel was the second and could have been as easily featured as GP since they are both outstanding pieces of music.
GP was home for some of Gram’s most wonderful moments. He was in excellent voice in this era. Give a listen to some of the slower moments of the disc including ‘A Song For You, Streets of Baltimore, She’ or ‘The New Soft Shoe.’ Gram never sounded better.
There are some nice up tempo songs here as well. Those would include ‘Still Feeling Blue, We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes in the Morning’ and ‘Big Mouth Blues.’
Gram will always hold a very special place for me in the landscape of American music. He was one of, if not the, first to bring country music to the rock and roll field. He would play albums of the early country greats to the hippies in LA until they ‘Got it.’ Without his influence we may never had heard the likes of bands like his own ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ or ‘New Riders of the Purple Sage, Poco, Heartsfield, The Eagles, Pure Prairie League, etc etc.’
GP was produced by Blind Faith bassist Rick Grech. It was released in 1973.
Unfortunately, Gram would leave us by the end of that year.
Listen to the masterpiece of She or Song For You (Including a short interview with Gram) or the up tempo, Still Feeling Blue.
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#124 in the Series) is Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, All the Roadrunning
What a special collaboration. They don’t get much better than this. Especially considering that these two musicians come from two different worlds. I’ll have more on that though later.
Bringing Mark and Emmylou together was genius. The only thing that angers me is that I missed the tour and I have a feeling that that was a one-off tour and will not come again.
This is Us is a really heartwarming track that follows a couple as they flip through their old photographs. I think it’s my favorite of the bunch.
Other goodies, they begin with listening to Emmylou sing a duet on Belle Starr. Her voice remains as strong as when she sung in her Gram Parsons era. Red Staggerwing rocks and rolls and tells us a good story. All the Roadrunning has a nice warm feeling to it.
We get 12 tracks here. I’d call this more of a Mark Knopfler album with Emmylou at his side than I would an actual full fledged duet project.. He writes ten of the songs and it’s his voice and, of course, guitar that stand out the most. Emmylou does have for print on it as well as it tends to lead more to the country side of Mark’s leanings. The band is pretty much all from the Knopfler stable as well.
The two of them released a live album and DVD right after the tour. There you’ll find most of this album plus some Emmylou standards and also some Dire Straits tunes. It’s a must get for real music lovers. It’s titled Real Live Roadrunning.
I often think back to something I once heard Emmylou say. It was on the ‘Nitty Gritty Dirt Bands’ Will The Circle Be Unbroken II. I don’t know the exact words, but she said something about how music is meant to be played with family and friends on the front porch. That ‘That’ is real music! And sometimes we get to far away from the front porch and have to bring it back. I surely like many types of music and much of it could never be played on the front porch. But I completely understand what she means.
This 2006 release reached #16 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts.
Here’s Mark and Emmylou playing This is Us with Paul Shaffer’s band along with a couple more tracks. One which is isn’t a song from the album but a nice surprise! And it could be done on the front porch!!!
Today’s Cool Album of the Day is Lyle Lovett, “Pontiac.”
I was a music distributor in 1987. I was sitting at my desk when a Senior Vice President named Dennis Sinclair walked in and tossed “Pontiac” on my desk. He said, ‘Check this out, I think you’ll really like it.’ Senior VPs always got their hands on the goodies first.
As I jumped on Route 83 southbound I popped the disc into the player. The first song I heard was ‘If I had a Boat’ second up was ‘Give Me Back My Heart’ then ‘I Loved You Yesterday’ and on an on. OK, Lyle, you got me!
Other wonderful tracks include ‘She’s No Lady, M-O-N-E-Y’ and ‘She’s Hot To Go.’
I loved the variety in Lovett song writing. He can go from sweet ballad to some great up tempo shuffles.
Give a listen for EmmyLou Harris on back round vocals and Vince Gill on vocals and guitar. But also give a special listen for Francine Reed’s great vocal track on ‘She’s Hot To Go.’
On a personal note: ‘If I Had a Boat’ was the favorite song of one of my closest friends Jim ‘Hoss’ Gartland.’ He left us way before anyone should lose a friend like that. I can’t mention that song or hear that song without thinking of him. It proves that you can have a tear in your eye and a smile on your face at the same time.