500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Cliff Eberhardt may have come up on the same '80s East Coast singer/songwriter scene as Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, et al., but even from the beginning he had rock & roll -- and even pop -- aspirations. His early albums found him leaning toward Springsteen-esque heartland rock and almost John Waite-ish balladry as much as the folkish approach of his aforementioned peers, and his rough-edged voice and hook-centric songwriting made it all work. The further into his career he gets, however, the more he concentrates on spare, acoustic-based settings and slow, soulful ballads. Call it "maturity," "evolution," or "back to basics," the important thing is that he can...
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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Cliff Eberhardt may have come up on the same '80s East Coast singer/songwriter scene as Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, et al., but even from the beginning he had rock & roll -- and even pop -- aspirations. His early albums found him leaning toward Springsteen-esque heartland rock and almost John Waite-ish balladry as much as the folkish approach of his aforementioned peers, and his rough-edged voice and hook-centric songwriting made it all work. The further into his career he gets, however, the more he concentrates on spare, acoustic-based settings and slow, soulful ballads. Call it "maturity," "evolution," or "back to basics," the important thing is that he can pull it off a hell of a lot more convincingly than some straight-up rocker for whom the acoustic troubadour mode is an unprecedented step. On this, the eighth album of a recording career that began in 1990, the fiftysomething songwriter furthers the organic, as-close-to-live-as-possible approach of his preceding release, The High Above and the Down Below, sounding completely at ease in this mode. Sometimes, as on "Have a Little Heart" and a remake of "The Long Road," the title track from his '90 debut album, Eberhardt lays into a big, bold pop melody that wouldn't sound out of place being belted out by an American Idol contestant that's not a pejorative statement. But for the most part, his gritty, soul-soaked voice leans comfortably into more low-key constructions. Most of these songs have the feel of hard-earned wisdom from a man who has run life's emotional gauntlet and emerged with not just some trenchant, humbly offered observations, but the knowledge that the best way to put them across is a soft sell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651022121
  • Catalog Number: 221
  • Sales rank: 179,860

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cliff Eberhardt Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Papoose
Billy Crockett Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Maresh Upright Bass
Rick Richards Drums
Glenn Fukunaga Bass, Upright Bass
Mike Hardwick Electric Guitar
Colin Brooks Lap Steel Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Karen Mal Background Vocals
Joel Guzman Accordion, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Cliff Eberhardt Composer, Liner Notes
John Hiatt Composer
Billy Crockett Producer
Eric Peltoniemi Executive Producer
Hedy West Composer
Jerry Tubb Mastering
Keith Gary Engineer
Jon Reischl Art Direction
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