Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And...

Bar Band Americanus: The Best of Charlie Pickett And...

by Charlie Pickett


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The title Bar Band Americanus might throw off some folks who haven't heard of Charlie Pickett before happening upon this compilation (and given Pickett's criminally low profile, there are plenty of them out there). The title might suggest a band playing straight-ahead good-time rock & roll in the manner of NRBQ or the Skeletons, but Pickett's music is made of significantly stronger and darker stuff; there's as much Keith Richards and Johnny Thunders as Chuck Berry in Pickett's songs, a druggy and blues-addled undercurrent lurks within even his most upbeat songs, and in Pickett's world when love goes wrong, it hits the wall at 110 mph. If there's a more bitter kiss-off to a former lover than "Liked It a Lot," one can't be sure who would have the courage to listen to it, and Pickett's cover of the Flamin' Groovies' classic "Slow Death" is infused with the grim knowledge of someone who has witnessed the junkie life up close, not from a distance (it's the sort of tale Pickett told just as well in his own "Get Off on Your Porch"). Miami, Florida, wasn't a nurturing environment for a band mixing roots rock, blues, and proto punk with maximum sneer, and though Pickett toured like a dog in heat behind the three indie-label albums he released between 1982 and 1988, he never earned more than a tiny cult following outside his hometown, despite the endorsement of Peter Buck, Maureen Tucker, and Jim Duckworth, all of whom played on Pickett's albums. Bloodshot Records prexy Rob Miller is a loyal Charlie Pickett fan, and has given music followers another chance to find out what they've been missing with Bar Band Americanus, which features material from all three albums as well as some rare EP and single tracks, live cuts, and even three unreleased numbers. Although plenty of fine songs and some powerful rough-and-ready rock (Pickett's frequent guitar foil Johnny Salton deserves a cult following of his own) are heard here, this is music that knows the good times are almost never simple, and the crash can teach you as much as the ride. This is the kind of stuff that often keeps an artist off the upper reaches of the charts, but it also makes for music that lasts, and 20 years after Charlie Pickett cut his last album, Bar Band Americanus demonstrates that the dark heart of his music is still beating loud and strong.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302015422
catalogNumber: 154
Rank: 65599

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Pickett   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Peter Buck   Guitar
Debbie DeNeese   Background Vocals
Jim Duckworth   Guitar
Lianne Smith   Background Vocals
Eddie O'Brien   Bass
F. Clarke Martty   Drums
Eric Hohn   Bass,Background Vocals
Johnny Salton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marco Pettit   Bass,Background Vocals
Dave Froshnider   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny "Sticks" Galway   Percussion,Drums
Bob Joslyn   Drums
Mike Vullo   Drums
Cobra Jets   Hand Clapping
Eric Hohn   Background Vocals
Brenda Bartholomay   Background Vocals
Barry Seiver   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Buck   Producer,Author
Steven Fjelstad   Engineer
Mike Hoffman   Producer
Cyril Jordan   Composer
John Keane   Producer
Roy Loney   Composer
Chris Osgood   Producer
Charlie Pickett   Composer
Buck Cooley   Producer,Remixing
Steve Dania   Remixing
Rob Menion   Producer
Jeff Schweir   Liner Notes

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