Under the Influence

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The term singer/songwriter implies that an artist expresses himself emotionally through both singing and composing. But if singer/songwriters do much of their own writing, that doesn't mean that they are obligated to do all of their own writing. Indeed, many of the top singer/songwriters (from Joan Baez to Sarah McLachlan to Joni Mitchell) have recorded covers along the way. So when artists in the folk-rock/adult alternative realm opt to record the occasional album of covers, that doesn't necessarily mean that their singer/songwriter credentials should be questioned. And on Under the Influence, singer/songwriter Tony Lucca performs covers exclusively. The Michigan ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The term singer/songwriter implies that an artist expresses himself emotionally through both singing and composing. But if singer/songwriters do much of their own writing, that doesn't mean that they are obligated to do all of their own writing. Indeed, many of the top singer/songwriters (from Joan Baez to Sarah McLachlan to Joni Mitchell) have recorded covers along the way. So when artists in the folk-rock/adult alternative realm opt to record the occasional album of covers, that doesn't necessarily mean that their singer/songwriter credentials should be questioned. And on Under the Influence, singer/songwriter Tony Lucca performs covers exclusively. The Michigan native/Los Angeles resident is a self-described member of Generation X, but this 2011 release finds him sending a shout-out to icons of the Baby Boomer generation, and those icons range from the Rolling Stones on "Waiting on a Friend" to Tom Petty on "You Got Lucky," to Steely Dan on "Dirty Work," and to Bruce Springsteen on "State Trooper." Although R&B songs aren't a high priority on this album, Lucca performs Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands" and has no problem making the song work well in an adult alternative environment. And Lucca also acknowledges some hard rock artists, including Led Zeppelin on "That's the Way" and Jimi Hendrix on "Angel." Of course, those two songs aren't hard rock; "Angel" is a laid-back ballad (not everything Hendrix recorded was as aggressive as "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," or "Spanish Castle Magic"), and Lucca's performance of "That's the Way" reminds us that even though Zeppelin were best known for hard rock and heavy metal, they also gave us some classic folk-rock songs (not only "That's the Way" but also "Going to California," "Tangerine," "The Battle of Evermore," and the inescapable "Stairway to Heaven"). Thankfully, Lucca doesn't go for a lot of fancy studio gloss on Under the Influence; he opts for minimalism instead, and it serves him well. Although not as essential as some of his previous albums, Under the Influence is a sincere and consistently likable acknowledgment of some of the artists he admires.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Rock Ridge Music
  • UPC: 677516133722
  • Catalog Number: 61337
  • Sales rank: 318,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Find the Cost of Freedom (2:17)
  2. 2 State Trooper (3:49)
  3. 3 Dirty Work (3:03)
  4. 4 Grandma's Hands (2:35)
  5. 5 That's the Way (5:30)
  6. 6 You Got Lucky (3:32)
  7. 7 Baby Driver (3:02)
  8. 8 Waiting On a Friend (4:57)
  9. 9 Angel (3:49)
  10. 10 Dirt Floor (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Lucca Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Tim Jones Vocals
James King Saxophone
Rob Giles Vocals
Sarah Roberts Vocals
Brian Wright Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Drums, Hand Clapping
Mike Vizcarra Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Chasen Hampton Vocals
Mike Miley Toms
Technical Credits
Donald Fagen Composer
Mick Jagger Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer
Stephen Stills Composer
Chris Whitley Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Walter Becker Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Keith Richards Composer
Marcie Jacobson Administration
Mike Vizcarra Producer
Chris Young Mastering
Amy Koenig Cover Photo
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