Busy as he is, producer, songwriter, session singer and drummer Hambridge finds time to pull out all the stops for his sixth solo album: a fresh batch of original blues- and country-rock numbers of a caliber that’s hard to come by these days.
His production and/or songwriting services have been enlisted by performers such as Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, George Thorogood and Susan Tedeschi. He picked up a Grammy this year for Guy’s “Living Proof” album, and Thorogood’s “2120 South Michigan Avenue” recently debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s blues chart. If that’s not enough, he’s on tour this summer opening for Thorogood and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
With backup musicians including members of Delbert McClinton’s band, Hambridge cranks out feel-good tunes (“Two Thumbs Up,” “Bangin’ Around”), rockers (“Nine Pound Hammer,” “The Pistol”), blues (“Upside of Lonely,” “Never Gonna Change”) and country (“I Keep Things,” “The Best in Me”). He even covers three of his own songs: the Gretchen Wilson hit “I Got Your Country Right Here”; a song recorded by and written with McClinton, “I Had a Real Good Time”; and “Things I Miss the Most,” recorded by Van Zant.
There’s plenty of electric and slide guitars, with organ and barrelhouse piano thrown in now and then. Hambridge’s remarkable drumming never overpowers; his vocals are easy on the ears; and his lyrics are slice-of-life, no-bullshit observations with just the right touch of humor.
1. I Keep Things
2. Upside Of Lonely
3. Two Thumbs Up
4. Nine Pound Hammer
5. The Pistol
6. Never Gonna Change
7. The Best In Me
8. Bangin’ Around
9. I Got Your Country Right Here
10. Things I Miss The Most
11. I Had A Real Good Time
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