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 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.