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A Good Life

Joe Grushecky writes like a regular guy for a good reason -- he is one. While Grushecky has had a long career in rock & roll, including a brief flirtation with the major labels as frontman for the Iron City Houserockers, these days he earns his living as a schoolteacher and makes music on the side, which is doubtless why when he writes about the lives of working stiffs and ordinary Joes, the songs bear the ring of truth rather than a sense of condescension. A Good Life is Grushecky's tenth album since the breakup of the Houserockers, and it doesn't break much in the way of new ground, but that isn't a bad thing -- this is solid and heartfelt rust belt rock & roll played and sung by a man who has been doing this stuff and making it stick for quite some time, and he still hasn't lost his passion for what he does. Grushecky also hasn't lost his knack as a songwriter -- in fact, A Good Life is one of his strongest collections of new songs in years. Grushecky's tales of ordinary folks counting life's small blessings are smart and moving ("A Good Life," "Party Tonight"), he knows plenty about the uphill climb of life ("Code of Silence," "Searching for My Soul"), and his tale of a busted marriage ("The Other Shoe") sounds as honest as his story of a family that somehow held together ("Father and Son"). And while no one would ever peg Grushecky as a proud son of Louisiana, "Lake Pontchartrain" is a cry of pain and rage in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that sounds like he witnessed the tragedy up close and personal. Grushecky's work is good enough on A Good Life that the presence of friend, fan, and genuine rock star Bruce Springsteen on four songs doesn't steal the show away from him; A Good Life is another chapter in the ongoing story of an underrated rock & roll hero who may never become a household name but who keeps on doing his work as well as he can, and there's a message in that almost as important as any in the songs he writes.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Schoolhouse Records
UPC: 0710003003525
catalogNumber: 20035

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Grushecky   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals,Soloist
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Art Nardini   Bass
Marc Reisman   Harmonica
Bill Toms   Guitar,Vocals
Rick Witkowski   Dobro,Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Soloist
Joffo Simmons   Drums
Tony Morra   Drums
Jeff Garrison   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Margot B   Vocals
Johnny Grushecky   Guitar,Drums
Randy Baumann   Organ,Piano

Technical Credits

Joe Grushecky   Composer,Producer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer
Bob Benjamin   Management
Toby Scott   Engineer
Rick Witkowski   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Craig Maloney   Engineer
Johnny Grushecky   Contributor
Jeff Sewald   Liner Notes

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