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Hillary Step
     

The Hillary Step

by Jupiter Coyote
 
A jam band beloved from Berkeley to Boulder to Asheville despite their rather naff name -- which sounds like the name a writer from The Simpsons would give a hippie-ish, Americana-infused jam band for satiric purposes -- Jupiter Coyote have distilled their sound to a certain kind of perfection on Hillary Step.

Overview

A jam band beloved from Berkeley to Boulder to Asheville despite their rather naff name -- which sounds like the name a writer from The Simpsons would give a hippie-ish, Americana-infused jam band for satiric purposes -- Jupiter Coyote have distilled their sound to a certain kind of perfection on Hillary Step. Unfortunately, perfection is not necessarily a virtue in the world of jam bands, a genre where spontaneity is prized above all else. There are very few spontaneous moments on their eighth album, just one three-and-a-half to five-and-a-half-minute mid-tempo pop song with occasional bluegrass and country touches after another. There are no extended improvisatory segments -- even the nearly eight-minute closer, the lovely and mostly acoustic "Fade," never really cuts loose -- and the self-produced album has all the gloss of Hootie & the Blowfish (unsurprisingly, Darius Rucker makes a guest vocal appearance) and none of the excitement that a truly great jam band is supposed to generate. The admittedly catchy "Falling" is tailor-made for AAA radio stations in vegetarian coffeehouses throughout the college towns of the land, but settling for being the Spin Doctors when you have it in you to be a southern-fried Phish is just sad.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Coyote Recordings
UPC:
0740115990321
catalogNumber:
9903

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Performance Credits

Jupiter Coyote   Primary Artist
Count Mbutu   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Steve Trismen   Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Malcolm Weldon   Bass,Guitar,Guest Appearance
Darius Rucker   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sanders Brightwell   Bass,Group Member
John Felty   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Matthew B. Mayes   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Guijo,Group Member
Hank Futch   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Bobby Houck   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Phillip Lammonds   Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Robert Soto   Conga,Guest Appearance
Noel Felty   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Jim Bickerstaff   Engineer
Malcolm Weldon   Producer,Engineer,Pre-production Engineer
Jupiter Coyote   Producer
Lin Clegg   Producer,Engineer,Pre-production Engineer
Phillip Lammonds   Composer

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