Poor Man's Son [Bonus Track]

Poor Man's Son [Bonus Track]

by Franky PerezFranky Perez

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This Las Vegas native puts a working-class Hispanic spin on the sort of genre-hopping mellow rock that has crept onto the charts in recent years, thanks to artists such as John Mayer and David Gray. Perez isn't quite as smooth around the edges as those gents, but he's got a bruised-romantic eloquence that will appeal their fans. That facet of his persona comes to light on "Something Crazy," a powerful tune about the powerlessness one can feel looking at an abusive relationship from the outside. He toughens up a bit -- but only a bit -- on "Class Act," a percolating, E Street Band–styled tune that reconfigures the classic Romeo and Juliet/West Side Story theme of doomed love with barrio aplomb. His Cuban roots, which are never far from the surface, really come to the fore on "Southwest Side," a soul-tinged slice of nostalgia that doesn't lose focus, even when it gets a bit misty. His backing band, the Highway Saints, could be a bit more assertive -- when they get cooking on the bluesy "Cold, Cold Rain," Perez responds with one of his more passionate deliveries -- but this young singer-songwriter's major-label bow establishes him as a singer, songwriter, and performer to be very closely watched.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678355226
catalogNumber: 83552
Rank: 140115

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Franky Perez   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Electric Sitar,Korg,Cuban Percussion,Tres Cubano
Charlie Bisharat   Strings
Denyse Buffum   Strings
Larry Corbett   Strings
Joel Derouin   Strings
Mike Finnegan   Hammond Organ
Berj Garabedian   Strings
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Mark Hudson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Federico Pol   Bass
Joyce Vincent   Background Vocals
Pamela Vincent   Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama   Conductor
John Ginty   Hammond Organ
Darrin McCann   Strings
Rich Robinson   Electric Guitar
Didi   Claves
Brian "BB Magic" Bissell   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Peter "Boom Boom" Cicchetti   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michele Richards   Strings
Matthew Funes   Strings

Technical Credits

Bradley Cook   Engineer
Jason Corsaro   Producer,Engineer
Mark Hudson   Producer,Engineer
Jim Scott   Producer,Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Arrangements
Ryan Hewitt   Engineer
Rich Robinson   Composer
Christina Dittmar   Art Direction
Franky Perez   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Brian "BB Magic" Bissell   Composer

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