"Across the Bridge"
Available at All That Jazz for $16.98
I have a motherly affection for our little Drew Emmitt. I've seen him grow as a musician during the years, as we all have here in Colorado. I'm rooting for him. I want him to do well.
When he stepped away from Leftover Salmon to follow his solo career, I joined the rest of Colorado as we chewed our nails, hoping he would make it on his own.
Emmitt, even though we turned your bedroom into a sewing room, you're still welcome to come back home if things get bad out there by yourself.
We had no reason to worry. Emmitt is doing just fine.
"Across the Bridge" is the first solo album to come from Emmitt since the Salmon broke up.
"Across the Bridge" hits shelves this month and is being swept up by the hungry fiddle/mandolin acoustic set.
Emmitt drew on his music world connections for this album, bringing in special guests such as Del McCoury, Sam Bush and Paul Barrere of Little Feat.
This album gets back to the porch-and-living-room bluegrass roots that got lost as Leftover Salmon became a national touring phenomenon.
Rated: Are you eating, Drew? And wearing your seat belt? And zipping up your coat when it gets cold?
"All of my Friends"
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How could I have known how hard it would be to find that album again after I walked out of a dark, smoky club onto the street? If I had known, I would have grabbed the bartender by the lapels and begged for his copy. But I didn't, and that was years ago.
Since the moment I heard the music playing over the sound system and asked innocently, "who is this?" and the bartender answered, "It's Goat, a punk band from Japan," I have been like one of those Roomba vacuum robots, bumping into wall after wall, absorbing a lot of dirt but really getting nowhere.
The next day, I made a trip to the record store and asked about "a Japanese band called Goat." No. Never heard of them.
During the years, I've picked up copies of a band called "The Goats" and "Goat" by The Jesus Lizard and now "Goat: All of My Friends" in my quest for my elusive Japanese Grail.
So here I am, listening to this band that sounds one part Joe Satriani, one part Moby and another part Louisiana fingerpickin' traditional. It's not the kind of music I would have picked up, but it's an album jam packed with radio singles I imagine many dear readers will enjoy.
Rated: Hmmm, maybe he said "Ghost."Citizen Cope
"The Clarence Greenwood Recordings"
Available at All That Jazz for $14.98
It seems the well that musicians dug in the 1970s is inexhaustible, and more and more, modern man is pulling up the bucket to drink.
He brings his hip-hop sensibilities to a sound that pulls from the likes of Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. The instrumentation jumps between genres -- turntables, an acoustic guitar and keyboards.
Citizen Cope evoked his birth name for this album, Clarence Greenwood. With that title, the message is, "this is me, stripped of my persona, singing naked for all of you to see." When someone decides to be that honest, it's hard not to listen.
His frankness is paying off. The radio and MTV have been playing his single, "Son's Gonna Rise," on regular rotation.
This is a good album for the Ben Harper generation.
Rated: Citizen Cope ring tones also available.