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A stellar production by a stellar line-up
on May 5, 2014
I'll start with a bit just to let some of you know who all we are dealing with:
Hard Working Americans is an American rock supergroup formed in 2013. The band consists of singer Todd Snider, bassist Dave Schools from Widespread Panic, Neal Casal of Chris Robinson Brotherhood on guitar and vocals, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi on keyboards and Duane Trucks, younger brother to Derek on drums.
Their debut performance was December 20, 2013 at a Boulder, CO benefit for Colorado Flood Relief. They embarked on a US Tour shortly thereafter.
Their self-titled debut album Hard Working Americans was recorded in 2013 at Bob Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. It is comprised entirely of cover songs from artists ranging from Randy Newman to Drivin N Cryin. The album was produced by Schools and Snider, and was mixed by John Keane. John Popper guests on harmonica. Hard Working Americans was released on January 21, 2014 on Thirty Tigers/Melvin Records.
Alright...if you have never heard of any of these guys its because you are gettin' your new music from the wrong sources...I.E. your local corporate radio regurgitator. This disc will help cure that.
Because this is an album of covers done by some of the best in the biz all we can rate is the performance and delivery. The musicianship on this record is beautiful and tight without being an overproduced nightmare and yet the songs are fresh and raw as if they were being performed by the artists who composed them but in an alternate lifetime. If you want something exceptional that will grow on you, and stands apart from the crowd of garbage heard everywhere. This is that record.