The dark Americana vibe of Robert Hazard's Troubadour may come as a surprise to those who know him as the hit songwriter of Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, (which, by the way, was written in fifteen minutes, in a bathtub, on an acoustic guitar,) but those who value first-rate musicianship, insightful songwriting and straight-from-the-heart singing will greet the album like an old friend.
Hazard s love and knowledge of folk, blues and other American roots styles shines through on his Rykodisc debut, an album that breathes the life of a man who has lived; filled with rich characters and poetic storytelling.
With Troubadour, Robert Hazard's adventurous musical journey comes full circle -- back to his original inspirations. I was playing in coffee houses and writing songs in high school, hanging out in folk clubs and soaking up gigs by Jimmy Webb, Eric Andersen and Jackson Browne. The fact that Eric Andersen played on the title track is a real thrill.
Songwriting is an emotional process. Getting to the place where the words and music came pouring out honestly is what I call success.