West County Drifter

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2011
  • Label: M.c. Records
  • UPC: 607735006729
  • Catalog Number: 67
  • Sales rank: 83,212

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sentimental Lover (2:02)
  2. 2 Cazadero (3:31)
  3. 3 Find Another Girl (2:40)
  4. 4 Bow Wow (2:44)
  5. 5 I'm Not Supposed To (3:12)
  6. 6 24 Mile Bridge (2:54)
  7. 7 Head High and Peelin (3:22)
  8. 8 Too Far Gone (2:44)
  9. 9 West County Drifter (3:47)
  10. 10 Circle Boogaloo (1:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lucky Lucky (5:01)
  2. 2 Trying to Understand (2:49)
  3. 3 True Blue Love (2:43)
  4. 4 It's So Hard to Believe (4:06)
  5. 5 Bodega (3:12)
  6. 6 Matrimony (2:45)
  7. 7 That's Why I'm Crying (3:28)
  8. 8 Don't Fret (3:41)
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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
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Kevin McKendree Engineer
Peter Joseph Burtt Composer
Drew Vonderhaar Engineer
Chris Arenas Composer
Eric Lindell Composer, Producer
Peter Smith Composer
Sam Maghett Composer
Jered Snodgrass Graphic Design
Roger Tshann Engineer, Mastering
Myles Weeks Composer
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