Lonesome Billy

Lonesome Billy

by Bill Janovitz



The whole idea behind making a solo album is supposed to be getting the opportunity to make music you couldn't create within the context of your band and, while it's hard to say if it would have been impossible for Buffalo Tom frontman Bill Janovitz to have made a record like Lonesome Billy with his usual cohorts, no one would deny that it sure doesn't sound much like a Buffalo Tom record. Working with Joey Burns and John Convertino of Giant Sand and Calexico, Janovitz traded in Buffalo Tom's taut power-trio attack for a loose, amiably trippy approach that allowed the soulful side of his personality to rise to the surface (not to mention a playful, sometimes goofy sense of humor). While Janovitz' lyrics aren't dramatically different than his usual fare on Lonesome Billy, the melodies reveal a somewhat twangier orientation, and the flexible but emphatic support of Burns and Convertino allows Janovitz to find a groove that's funky, organic, and instantly comfortable. And Janovitz would certainly never have allowed himself moments like the beer-fueled country weeper "Strangers" or the charmingly shambolic version of "My Funny Valentine" on one of his "regular" albums, but here they manage to sound goofy, heartfelt, and perfectly natural all at once. Lonesome Billy doesn't quite suggest that Bill Janovitz should give up his other band, but it certainly shows that he has tricks up his sleeve that you wouldn't have expected from listening to Let Me Come Over or Sleepy Eyed.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/21/1997
Label: Beggars Banquet Us
UPC: 0607618018627
catalogNumber: 80186

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Janovitz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Burns   Mandolin,Accordion,Electric Bass,Cello,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Upright Bass
John Convertino   Percussion,Drums,Choir, Chorus,Bells,Vibes
Howe Gelb   Piano
Craig Schumacher   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Chris Toppin   Vocals
Neil Harry   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Joey Burns   Producer
Bill Janovitz   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Craig Schumacher   Engineer
Alison Fielding   Art Direction
Nick Luca   Engineer

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