11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

MUMZILLA74 ,

Buy this now

If you buy only one album this year this is the one. If you buy two albums this year it should be two copies of this album. If you ended up on this page by mistake looking for Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball there is still hope for you yet to acquire some taste in music, go ahead and download this album now.

JamON92 ,

Great

This band has a lot of promise. I love all of the members (Snider, Schools, Trucks especially) as well as the associated acts (Widespread Panic, Leftover Salmon). I cannot wait to hear the full album because "Down to the Well" is such a great tune. Hope to catch these guys over the summer but if you like southern rock or folk or jam bands in general, this album is a must-have and you need to listen ASAP.

S. Graham ,

All I Wanna Do Is Stomp and Holler!

This is a delightful album featuring an all star cast of top notch musicians performing unforgettable works of art created by some of America's most talented songwriters. The songs meld seamlessly together, creating a cleverly crafted storyline that draws in the listener and leaves you playing this album over and over in your head. From the highly addicitve Stomp and Holler, written by Hayes Carll, to the hauntingly mesmerizing Down to the Well, by Kevin Gordon, the inate talent of Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Chad Staehly and Duane Trucks shines through in a spectacular manner. Buy this one!

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