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 (#122 in the Series) is Rosanne Cash, “Rhythm and Romance.”
“Rhythm and Romance” is one of my absolute favorite albums of all time. I of course knew about Rosanne Cash before this album but had never really known much about her music. This changed all of that. My respect for her and her music is as high as for any other musician of which I know.
This album did quite well on the country charts. But it was probably the least country sounding album she had done to that point. She definitely did not have a country band on this one.
Her band included Toto’s David Hungate on bass, Willie Weeks on bass, CBS Orchestra’s Anton Fig on drums, Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on keyboards and everybody’s Waddy Wachtel on guitars.
The 1985 production was mainly written by Rosanne herself. She did get a little help from Vince Gill on ‘Never Alone.’
She also included two songs written by others. Ben Tench and Tom Petty wrote ‘Never Be You’ while John Hiatt wrote the rocking ‘Pink Bedroom.’ Then husband Rodney Crowell co-wrote with her one of the best songs here, ‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me.’
Rosanne wrote the remaining six tracks. Best of that bunch included ‘Hold On, Second to No One’ and ‘My Old Man.’ He of course was Johnny Cash.
If you’ve never owned a Rosanne Cash album is indeed a great place to start. There’s not a bad note of music on the disc. She has a library of great music. Here follow up, “Kings Record Shop” was a HUGE seller. “Interiors” and “The Wheel” were a move more into a singer/songwriter type of sound. “The List” was flat out, one of the best albums of 2009.
“Rhythm and Romance” reached #1 on the Billboard Country Charts and #101 on the Top 200 Charts.
‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’ reached #1 on the Billboard Country charts and #16 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.
‘Never Be You’ hit the top of the country charts while ‘Second To No One’ peaked at #5.
‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’ earned Rosanne a “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” Grammy.
Check out the rockin’ Pink Bedroom video followed by a great live version of ‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’ also featuring Rodney Crowell.
Rodney Crowell is one of America’s great singer/songwriters. He’s written hits for Bob Seger (Shame on the Moon), George Strait/Jimmy Buffett (Stars on the Water), Waylon Jennings/EmmyLou Harris (Ain’t Livin’ Long Like This) and on and on.
He also saves some good ones for himself. “Diamonds & Dirt” is a fine example.Highlights include: ‘I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried, She’s Crazy For Leavin’, After All This Time’ and a Duet with then wife Rosanne Cash ‘It’s Such a Small World’
Rodney was a member of the great 70s EmmyLou Harris ‘Hot Band.’ But he also had a hot band of his own. His guitarist during this time was a great picker named Steuart Smith. Steuart is now the lead tour guitarist in The Eagles. I believe he’s played with them for about five years now replacing Don Felder.
Others filling out the sound here include Eddie Bayers and Russ Kunkel on drums, Mark O’Connor on fiddle/mandolin and Vince Gill on backround vocals.
Rodney and Vince played together in a high school band called ‘The Notorious Cherry Bombs.’ They reformed a few years ago and released one disc. It included a GREAT single called ‘It’s Hard To Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long.’
Country radio didn’t have the stones to play it. Their loss.