Hard Working Americans
The "Hard Working Americans" in question here are an all-star team of Americana musicians featuring esteemed songwriter Todd Snider, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson guitarist and worthy solo artist), Great American Taxi keyboardist Chad Staehly, and King Lincoln drummer Duane Trucks (brother of Derek Trucks). This band of acclaimed veterans scoured lists of their favorite music to come up with songs from Randy Newman, Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll, Kevn Kinney (of Drivin ’N Cryin’), Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Brian Henneman (The Bottle Rockets), and Chuck Mead (BR5-49). Snider felt the time was right to bring together gifted musicians from the jam band scenes with songwriters who could use the boost and whose songs were perfect for reinterpretation. Thus, The Bottle Rockets’ “Welfare Music,” Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womack’s “I Don’t Have a Gun," and Randy Newman’s “Mr. President Have Pity on the Working Man” come alive with blue-collar pride.