by Johnny Hickman


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Cracker fans have been tuned into guitarist Johnny Hickman's songwriting abilities since "Another Song About the Rain," one of the finer moments on the group's 1992 eponymous debut. With each successive album, Hickman has written a song or two on his own for the band, while co-writing many of its radio hits, but because he has served as The Edge to David Lowery's Bono it is only now, with his solo debut album Palmhenge that the world can truly hear the scope of his talent. The roaring, guitar-driven redevelopment criticism "The Great Decline" ("They're putting up a superstore where the local merchant tried") is poignant, but the heartfelt, haunting "Little Tom" may be Hickman's most effective song ever. The guy does emotive pop ("Lucky"), observant, banjo-plucked country ("Southern Cal"), backporch country-blues ("The San Bernadino Boy"), and magical, "Grateful Dead"-inspired balladry ("Beauregarde's Retreat"), all of which qualify as "Americana" and all of which rank as extremely good.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/19/2005
UPC: 0800314885528
catalogNumber: 1

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Performance Credits

Johnny Hickman   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Dobro,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Saw
Joey Burns   Bowed Bass
Paul Chisholm   Bass Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Ken Coomer   Percussion
Davey Faragher   Background Vocals
David Immerglück   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
John Penner   Bass Guitar
Bo Ramsey   Slide Guitar
Teddy Morgan   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Miller   Slide Guitar
Chris Carmichael   Fiddle,Violin,Cello,Viola
Martin Pradler   Strings,Mellotron
Richard Neville   Bass Guitar
Cheryl Allen   Choir, Chorus
Maria Baglien   Choir, Chorus
Eddy Barattini   Drums
Chris LeRoy   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Chad Villarreal   Drums
Sara Beck   Background Vocals
Harrison Allen   Choir, Chorus
Adam Wright   Piano
Richard Medek   Percussion,Drums
Cara Capella   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Teddy Morgan   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Chris Carmichael   String Arrangements
Johnny Hickman   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dave Beegle   Drum Samples
Wes Freed   Paintings
Maria Baglien   Producer,Engineer
Eddy Barattini   Producer,Engineer
Adam Bednarik   Engineer

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