I laughed out loud
when I heard the honky-tonk pi-yanno, the snarlin’ dobro and the
lines “She got caboose, she got engine,” from “She Got
Caboose,” the first cut off of Rick Adam’s new CD, No
Cover at the Door.
Rick has a
kind of Jim Croce energy that conjures pictures of
tables crammed with happy folks, sawdust on the floor,
focused bar maids juggling trays of brew, and a dance floor jammed
with couples swinging their partners.
most definitely belongs in the category “Country
Music that Doesn’t Suck.” Rick’s country tenor is
perfect as it zips along the
clever lyrics that are woven into both happy and sad
tunes. His songwriting also makes me think of Hank
Williams and Johnny Cash with songs like “Blue Just
Looks Black,” and “Some Winds are Lonesome.”
“I’m Gonna Buy
You A Shrimp Boat” has an old timey sound similar to the zany Erika
Eigen tune, “I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper.” The fiddle
played by Al Berard, ties the song with a
piano playing is a total joy, it arcs through “No Cover at the
Door” like a musical rainbow. In fact, the musicianship is about
perfect on every cut.
Railway” is a history lesson about a real railway called,
you guessed it, The Yazoo Delta Railway. It was
nicknamed, “Yellow Dog,” which may have something
to do with the initials YD? In any case it claims to be the place
where W.C. Handy was first inspired to play the Delta Blues, and thus Rick was inspired to write this bouncy little tune.
the familiar sentiment of how men
often feel when their women want them to go dancing, with his tune,
“The More That She Dances” (the drunker I get.) This one has
dandy slap bass playing by Ryan Gould.
The ballad “Bury
the Pain” is worthy of Elvis with lines like, “The candles are
melting just like the years.”
Stanley Smith weaves
his cool and woody sounding clarinet on “Yazoo Delta
Railway,” as well as the album’s other
historical journey, “Going to Memphis 1933.”
You’ll want to tap
your foot through “Three More Rivers” and then top the whole
thing off with the Cajun crawfish sound of “Liberer L’Amour (Bust
This is a great
album. It already kept me awake and dancing in my seat driving home
late one night. Rick, I hope you come to Maine so we can hear ya live
and in person up here! Love it!
You can reach Rick
Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and you can buy this CD on Itunes or from CD Baby.
Photo by Eddy Lashney
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