Brand new LP featuring 13 honky tonk tunes, half of which have never been released before, 4 of which were previously released on limited edition 7" lathe cuts as the Honky Tonk Record Club series, 2 from the small songs album plus a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's noise pop classic "Halfway to Crazy"!
Vinyl purchase also comes with download of 4 bonus/b-side cover songs originally by George Jones, Johnny Paycheck, Reno & Smiley and Frank Black!
"When I found out Steve Hammond was making a honky tonk record, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Sure, Steve excels at the full spectrum of what can broadly be defined as “rock” music (if you haven’t, check out his 2021 album A Perfect Half-Life; it’s a winner!) and has impeccable credentials as a producer, but what does he know about playing country?
I’m here to tell you he knows a heckuva lot! As a recent convert to the sounds of Steve Hammond, I was unfamiliar with Black Ale Sinners, his very first country band from his Lawrence, KS days back in the early 2000s, his time in various honky tonk bands in New Mexico, the 6 (or is it 8?) country albums he’s recorded in his 30+ album catalog or his Honky Tonk Record Club 7” series (from which several songs are featured here). All this is to say that Steve is well-qualified to make not just a credible honky tonk record, but an incredible one.
What you have in your possession are 13 ace honky tonk tracks that showcase his range and versatility. There’s dark, lovesick weepers like “The Knife Behind Your Eyes,” while “Halfway to Crazy” (the lone cover in the collection) is the swingin’ honky tonker you didn’t know you needed in your life. Then there’s my personal favorite: the dreamy “Someday Mother” and its hot guitar licks.
I could go on and on, but instead of reading me rave do what you really oughta do: take this sucker out, turn it on and give thanks to Steve Hammond for giving us the honky tonk record we need in these tumultuous times."
-Jim Shahen (No Depression)
released August 22, 2022
Steve Hammond - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums and Percussion,
Keyboards, Lap Steel on "Glass of Wine"
Bud Melvin - Pedal Steel
Ryan Payton - Pedal Steel on "Halfway to Crazy"
Graham Tichy - Console Steel and Lead Guitar on "One More Minute"
Additional musicians on bonus tracks:
Bud Melvin - Accordion on "I Heard Ramona Sing", Banjo on "You Gotta Be My Baby"
Pat Day - Upright Bass on "Motel Time"
Jesse Carr - Fiddle on "Just About Then"
Gideon Wainwright - Thumb Bass on "You Gotta Be My Baby"
Produced and Recorded by Steve Hammond
Front Cover Illustration by Jennifer Maher Coleman