Gulf Coast Highway

Gulf Coast Highway

by Eric LindellEric Lindell


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The third release in four years -- this one with 15 tracks, all but three originals -- from this blue-eyed soulster shows no drop-off in quality. If anything, his hip-shaking R&B has become more focused, and along with a rollicking band aided by Galactic's rhythm section of bassist Robert Mercurio and drummer Stanton Moore on a handful of tunes, he keeps the bouncy blues and Texas styled groove in the pocket. Lindell has gone from being a promising vocalist to an exciting one, nimbly navigating through breezy funk and upbeat soul without breaking a sweat. There is no denying the gritty vocal influence of the similarly styled Delbert McClinton, a point brought into sharp relief when Lindell covers McClinton's easy swaying "Here Comes the Blues Again." Tenor saxman Jimmy Carpenter is a key contributor this time around, arranging the horn parts on all but one entry and playing tough and tight throughout, often along with fellow saxman Derek Houston. He's especially energized on his King Curtis inspired blowing for "I'll Be Around." As before, the sound falls between New Orleans, Texas, and a West Coast rump shaking fusion. Lindell takes a page from the James Brown playbook on the double time, super bad "The Look," and taps into an Otis Redding vibe on "Love and Compassion." Lindell handles production duties himself and the results prove he could succeed at that profession if he decides to lend his services to others. Nothing exceeds four minutes, and even at 15 selections, the entire disc is just over 45 minutes long. So even though some could, and likely will, be extended when performed live, especially the closing Meters influenced instrumental "Raw Doggin'," Lindell smartly keeps his music lean and mean. A few backing vocalists occasionally add extra dollops of sweet soul as on the swampy "Dirty Bird," but this is clearly Lindell's, and to a lesser extent, Carpenter's, show. It's a non-stop party with sharp songs, crisp backing, and top-notch material that'll make you wonder how deep the singer/songwriter's well is, if Lindell can churn up an album this impressive in only a year.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551492825
catalogNumber: 4928
Rank: 56613

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Lindell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Derek Huston   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marc Adams   Hammond B3
Stanton Moore   Drums
Robert Mercurio   Bass,Bass Guitar
James Carpenter   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals,Soloist
Sheila Sanders   Background Vocals
Aaron Wilkinson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chris Mule   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Sean Carey   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Mark Adams   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jimmy Carpenter   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Dejohn   Drums,Shaker
Tana Doughty   Background Vocals
Sheila Sanders   Background Vocals
Chris Dejohn   Drums

Technical Credits

Delbert McClinton   Composer
Waylon Jennings   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
James Greer   Composer
Derek Huston   Horn Arrangements
Michael Trossman   Logo
Christian Basso   Composer
James Carpenter   Horn Arrangements
Brandon Arnovick   Composer
Drew Vonderhaar   Engineer
Eric Lindell   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production

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