Gulf Coast Highway

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The third release in four years -- this one with 15 tracks, all but three originals -- from this blue-eyed soulster shows no drop-off in quality. If anything, his hip-shaking R&B has become more focused, and along with a rollicking band aided by Galactic's rhythm section of bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore on a handful of tunes, he keeps the bouncy blues and Texas styled groove in the pocket. Lindell has gone from being a promising vocalist to an exciting one, nimbly navigating through breezy funk and upbeat soul without breaking a sweat. There is no denying the gritty vocal influence of the similarly styled Delbert McClinton, a point brought into ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The third release in four years -- this one with 15 tracks, all but three originals -- from this blue-eyed soulster shows no drop-off in quality. If anything, his hip-shaking R&B has become more focused, and along with a rollicking band aided by Galactic's rhythm section of bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore on a handful of tunes, he keeps the bouncy blues and Texas styled groove in the pocket. Lindell has gone from being a promising vocalist to an exciting one, nimbly navigating through breezy funk and upbeat soul without breaking a sweat. There is no denying the gritty vocal influence of the similarly styled Delbert McClinton, a point brought into sharp relief when Lindell covers McClinton's easy swaying "Here Comes the Blues Again." Tenor saxman Jimmy Carpenter is a key contributor this time around, arranging the horn parts on all but one entry and playing tough and tight throughout, often along with fellow saxman Derek Houston. He's especially energized on his King Curtis inspired blowing for "I'll Be Around." As before, the sound falls between New Orleans, Texas, and a West Coast rump shaking fusion. Lindell takes a page from the James Brown playbook on the double time, super bad "The Look," and taps into an Otis Redding vibe on "Love and Compassion." Lindell handles production duties himself and the results prove he could succeed at that profession if he decides to lend his services to others. Nothing exceeds four minutes, and even at 15 selections, the entire disc is just over 45 minutes long. So even though some could, and likely will, be extended when performed live, especially the closing Meters influenced instrumental "Raw Doggin'," Lindell smartly keeps his music lean and mean. A few backing vocalists occasionally add extra dollops of sweet soul as on the swampy "Dirty Bird," but this is clearly Lindell's, and to a lesser extent, Carpenter's, show. It's a non-stop party with sharp songs, crisp backing, and top-notch material that'll make you wonder how deep the singer/songwriter's well is, if Lindell can churn up an album this impressive in only a year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551492825
  • Catalog Number: 4928
  • Sales rank: 95,612

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Lindell Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Derek Huston Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marc Adams Hammond B3
Stanton Moore Drums
Robert Mercurio Bass, Bass Guitar
James Carpenter Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Soloist
Sheila Sanders Background Vocals
Aaron Wilkinson Bass, Bass Guitar
Chris Mule Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Sean Carey Harmonica, Background Vocals
Mark Adams Piano, Hammond Organ
Jimmy Carpenter Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dejohn Drums, Shaker
Tana Doughty Background Vocals
Sheila Sanders Background Vocals
Chris Dejohn Drums
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Composer
Waylon Jennings Composer
Willie Nelson Composer
Buck Owens Composer
James Greer Composer
Derek Huston Horn Arrangements
Bruce Iglauer Mastering
Dan Stout Mastering
Michael Trossman Logo
Christian Basso Composer
James Carpenter Horn Arrangements
Brandon Arnovick Composer
Drew Vonderhaar Engineer
Eric Lindell Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
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