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HWY 62
     

HWY 62

by Peter Case
 

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Depending on which album you pick up, Peter Case can be a hard-edged rocker, a contemplative folkie, or a singer and songwriter with his heart in the blues, and there's a little bit of all three men on 2015's HWY 62, Case's first studio album since 2010's Wig. While HWY 62's arrangements are largely acoustic, this album is

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Depending on which album you pick up, Peter Case can be a hard-edged rocker, a contemplative folkie, or a singer and songwriter with his heart in the blues, and there's a little bit of all three men on 2015's HWY 62, Case's first studio album since 2010's Wig. While HWY 62's arrangements are largely acoustic, this album is quiet like a 3 a.m. jam session, with a low decibel count but plenty of emotional intensity, and Case's vocals are all subtle fire on these sessions, passionate and with plenty to say even when he whispers. HWY 62 also finds Case with plenty on his mind about American life in the 21st century, and this album is full of tales of justice denied, from the tales of the American prison complex on "Pelican Bay" and one man's struggles against the judicial system on "All Dressed Up (For Trial)," to the stacked deck of income inequality of "Water from a Stone" and "Evicted," and Case is canny enough to sound fully committed without seeming like he's one more ranting protest singer. In his songs, Case makes his characters sound flawed but human, and he's more a vivid storyteller than someone mounting a soapbox, a guy who understands the ups and downs of human nature but has a hard time with needless cruelty even as he's trying to forgive. (His songs about love and various unusual folks he's encountered in his travels connect solidly, too.) Case and his producer Sheldon Gomberg have assembled a great band for these sessions, featuring Ben Harper on lead and slide guitar, David Carpenter on bass, and D.J. Bonebrake on the drums, and they give the music a rich, smoky feel that suits this material beautifully. And whoever persuaded Case to cover Bob Dylan's "Long Time Gone" deserves a free lunch with a large order of fries. HWY 62 finds Peter Case rockin' the blues a little bit and singing with serious heart, soul, and wisdom all the time, and nearly three decades into his solo career he remains one of our best and most compelling singer/songwriters, with this album as proof.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2015
Label:
Omnivore Recordings
UPC:
0816651015238
catalogNumber:
101523
Rank:
16593

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Case   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Piano,12-string Guitar
Ben Harper   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Don Heffington   Snare Drums
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards
Don Bonebrake   Percussion,Drums
David Carpenter   Bass
Cindy Wasserman   Harmony

Technical Credits

Peter Case   Composer,Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bill Mims   Engineer
Sheldon Gomberg   Producer,Engineer
Jason Gossman   Engineer
Bryan George   Licensing
Larry Fergusson   Engineer
David Ensminger   Back Cover Photo

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