A California roots rocker with a southern twist, Drunk on Crutches have produced a real gem of an album laden with hooks and riffs, there’s a dozen tracks on offer, eleven originals written by front-woman Jennifer Whittenburg and a cover of a Neil Young favourite L.A. the album was put together at Grandmaster Recordings Hollywood by Whittenburg and her musical partner Andrew Alekel with support from a host of guest musicians, a year or so in the making and put together in bursts of creativity between the day jobs of working on other artists recordings – Whittenburg moved to Los Angeles from Georgia to work as a recording engineer alongside hometown producer/engineer Alekel, together they have worked with the Foo Fighters,Queens Of The Stone Age and Jack Johnson amongst others.
Here’s the lead off track from the record Tupelo
, You can listen to some more tracks and find the links to buy the album at the bands website Drunk on Crutches
where the band have also posted couple of live
tracks from a recent show at the Hotel Cafe.
I do like a little bit of bluegrass in the mix and one of my favourite albums in the genre is the self titled release from The Steeldrivers – so it was with a tinge of disappointment that I read recently that Chris Stapleton has decided to leave the band and concentrate on his song-writing, loved his singing on that record, a replacement has already been found and announced it will certainly be a difficult pair of boots to fill as Stapleton was a distinct talent.
Here’s a bootleg six-pack from The Steeldrivers performance on Mountain Stage which includes my favourite song from the album If It Hadn’t Being For Love.
The Steeldrivers – East Kentucky Home
The Steeldrivers – If It Hadn’t Been For Love
The Steeldrivers – Midnight Train to Memphis
The Steeldrivers – Drinking Dark Whiskey
The Steeldrivers – Where Rainbows Never Die
The Steeldrivers – Blue Side of the Mountain
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