Hard Working Americans - Hard Working Americans

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Melvin Records



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AMLV 22347
UPC: 794504224269

140 / 150 Gram Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2
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150 Gram LP

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150-gram double gatefold double LP

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"Todd Snider specializes in bitingly funny, populist country-rock storytelling (his 2012 album Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables was a vivid Great Recession indictment). Here, he convenes a tough, versatile band for a set of rootsy, lefty covers like the Bottle Rockets' "Welfare Music" and Frankie Miller's desperate 1959 hit "Blackland Farmer," which is redone with taut New Orleans swing. The highlight is a country-blues take on Randy Newman's "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)," maybe an unfair pick in an age of brick wall GOP opposition but sung with an angst as old as labor itself." — Rolling Stone, January 2014

Although Todd Snider is best known as a witty and insightful songwriter, in 2013 he gathered together a handful of friends who are also gifted musicians and let some of his favorite songwriters do the talking for a change. Hard Working Americans is a new band that features Snider on vocals and guitar, along with guitarist Neal Casal (of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood), bassist Dave Schools (from Widespread Panic), keyboardist Chad Staehly (Great American Taxi), and drummer Duane Trucks (King Lincoln).

For their self-titled debut album, Hard Working Americans picked 11 cover tunes which deal with the hard truths of life among the working class, some recent compositions, and other, older songs that have remained relevant with the passage of time. Songs include "Welfare Music," "Blackland Farmer," "Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man," "Down to the Well," "Wrecking Ball," and six others.

Side 1
Blackland Farmer
Another Train
Down To The Well

Side 2
The Mountain Song
Stomp and Holler
Straight To Hell

Side 3
Welfare Music
Mr. President Have Pity On The Working Man
Run A Mile

Side 3
I Don't Have A Gun
Wrecking Ball

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