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Monday, May 11, 2009

Potato Hole Review

Here's a review of the new Booker T. CD Potato Hole with Drive by Truckers and Neil Young from by Brian Robbins:
Well, I certainly hope Booker T. Jones is happy. Does the man realize how many speeding tickets are going to be doled out this summer to people who innocently pop his new Potato Hole into the player and head on down the highway? Things might be okay for the first few tracks, but by the time they hit “Warped Sister,” that’s it. Hammer down, bang the gears – and if you don’t have a convertible, at least roll the moon roof back and open up every window in the vehicle … whatcha got right here, folks, is the ROAD SONG of 2009. You heard it here first.

I’m serious: the thing kicks in with a WHAM! of drums and cymbals, then a bevy of fuzzed-out guitars (that would be the Drive-By Truckers and a nice ol’ fellow named Neil Young, thank you very much) lay down just the right amount of on-ramp tension. By the time Booker T.’s keys start cruising the main theme, you’re gone. There’s a sweet, lonesome highway bridge about a minute and a half in (this would be the point in the movie when our hero squints into the sun, pushes his mirror shades up his nose, and tightens his grip on the wheel), then a return to the central riff. Everything threatens to grind to a halt just shy of the three-minute mark, but just as Booker and the Truckers’ last big chord is starting to fade, drummer Brad Morgan slams things back into motion with some neat double-clutched bass pedal and off you go again in a squall of crazy Neil guitar and crunching Truckers, Booker T.’s smooth organ riffs making the ride so smooth you don’t realize how fast you’re going ‘til the blue lights are flashing in your rearview. That’s the deal. It’s just about guaranteed.

Thanks Brian!

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At 5/11/2009 08:07:00 PM, Anonymous streamland said...

i agree. the album rocks.

At 5/12/2009 02:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the album as well. Does anyone know the one song that Neil didn't play on?

At 5/12/2009 01:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the picture quality is so bad, but this is a extremely rare live clips from the early date of Springfield. thanks for posting.

At 5/12/2009 02:57:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

POtato hole is a gawdamn crazy album, just great. Neil is awesome on Native New YORKer.


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