West County Drifter

West County Drifter

by Eric Lindell
     
 

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Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Eric Lindell has been marketed as a blues act, which is fair enough, and that's undoubtedly what Alligator Records figured Lindell was when the label released his first three albums between 2006 and 2009. But Lindell isn't your typical blues guitar ace, and the blues is really only one element of his approach to writing and playing.

Overview

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Eric Lindell has been marketed as a blues act, which is fair enough, and that's undoubtedly what Alligator Records figured Lindell was when the label released his first three albums between 2006 and 2009. But Lindell isn't your typical blues guitar ace, and the blues is really only one element of his approach to writing and playing. Possessing a sweet, versatile, and extremely soulful vocal style, Lindell is really closer to someone like Bobby Womack than he is to Buddy Guy or any other modern or contemporary blues-based guitarist who comes to mind, and he sure isn't trying to be Stevie Ray Vaughan. Yeah, he can play the guitar, and yeah, sometimes it's the blues he's playing, but just as often it's full-tilt R&B and soul, complete with horn charts, and this is where Lindell's vocals come into play, because he's a fine singer with a natural feel for phrasing and his singing is joyful, energetic, and full of a wonderful warmth. After leaving Alligator, he put out a couple of albums to sell at gigs, 2010's Cazadero and 2011's Between Motion and Rest, both of which are combined on this two-disc release from M.C. Records. The two albums fit together seamlessly, and together, they make for Lindell's most accessible and striking release yet, with nary a slack track and several that seriously deserve to be heard by a wide audience. Forget the guitar -- this guy can sing. From the first track on the first disc, the wonderful and rollicking "Sentimental Love," to the last track on the second disc, the equally wonderful "Don't Fret," Lindell delivers a blues-inflected brand of pop-soul that never lets down, including a pair of Curtis Mayfield covers, "Find Another Girl" and "It's So Hard to Believe," and first-class sides like "That's Why I'm Crying," complete with a delightfully woozy horn section, and the infectious train-shuffle boogie of "West Country Drifter," to touch on just some of the high points of this 18-track set. Sure, there is some great guitar work here, but it is Lindell's singing that really stands out. He just has that certain something in his voice. It's called soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
Label:
M.c. Records
UPC:
0607735006729
catalogNumber:
67
Rank:
114085

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Lindell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (Resonator)
Delbert McClinton   Harp
Ivan Neville   Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Derek Huston   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marc Adams   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Jake Brown   Drums
Adam Theis   Trombone
Peter Joseph Burtt   Vocals,Kora
Chris Arenas   Bass
Colin Lake   Lap Steel Guitar
Joe Cohen   Saxophone
Peter Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Chris Fitzgerald   Tenor Saxophone
Thomas Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar
Nick Ellman   Clarinet
Will McMains   Drums
Myles Weeks   Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Titus Turner   Composer
Kevin McKendree   Engineer
Samuel Maghett   Composer
Peter Joseph Burtt   Composer
Drew Vonderhaar   Engineer
Chris Arenas   Composer
Eric Lindell   Composer,Producer
Peter Smith   Composer
Jered Snodgrass   Graphic Design
Roger Tshann   Engineer
Myles Weeks   Composer

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