MP3 Hurricane Dave - Bar Stools & Church Pews: Songs For Friday Night & Sunday Morning
Reverent Irreverence: country drinking songs mixed with gospel and contemporary Christian music.
12 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Traditional Country, GOSPEL: Country Gospel
He’s a mighty wind, a musical Category 4. But unlike his meteorological namesakes, Hurricane Dave brings gusts of good times and leaves a satisfied audience in his path.
The South Florida-based singer’s debut CD for the Big Blue Dolphin label is “Bar Stools & Church Pews: Songs For Friday Night & Sunday Morning,” an album of rollicking honky-tonkers, serious introspective songs and light-hearted tunes – all with a solid country sound.
“I’ve come to believe that bars and churches feed and comfort the spirit in similar ways, and I’ve tried to convey that with the title cut and the other 11 songs on this album,” Hurricane Dave says. “Reverent irreverence, I call it.”
The “Bar Stools” segment of the CD starts with a good ol’ Hank Williams number, “Settin’ The Woods On Fire,” then eases into James Taylor’s “Bartender’s Blues,” before kicking into Aaron Barker’s “What A Friday Night Is For” – the latter two allowing the gifted Bobby Dodd to show his prowess on the pedal steel and dobro.
The tavern tunes continue with a slowed-down version of the emotional Webb Pierce hit, “There Stands The Glass,” and a red-hot retooling of Cal Smith’s “The Lord Knows I’m Drinking.”
Dave wrote the haunting transitional song, “Bar Stools & Church Pews,” on which he is accompanied only by his guitar and harmonica.
“For every shot of Jim Beam, thank God for John 3:16,” the lyric goes, leading into the “Church Pews” segment.
With 19-year-old fiddling wizard Tommy Slaughter driving the train, “Church Pews” opens with the heart-thumping, toe-tapping “Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad (Life’s Railway to Heaven).” If you’re not out on the dance floor by the middle of the first verse, there’s something dreadfully wrong with your feet.
That traditional gospel number is followed by a pensive yet sensible take on religion called “Where The Light Comes From.”
“I heard that on a Wild Jimbos album many years ago, and it stuck with me,” Dave says. “I just thought it made an awful lot of sense.”
Also making sense in a more traditional way is “There Is A Reason,” penned by Alison Krauss sideman Ron Block.
In sharp contrast is the following cut, master storyteller John Prine’s witty “Everybody,” which tells of chewing the fat with Jesus during a most unusual encounter.
Closing out the album in a more traditional manner, Dave offers the Carter Family’s “Diamonds In The Rough” and the classic inspirational anthem, “How Great Thou Art,” perhaps the purest country version of that song to be recorded in recent memory.
“Bar Stools & Church Pews” was produced by Josh Noland, whose own recording of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” was hailed for its innovative guitar work and has a place of honor in the Country Music Hall of Fame archives in Nashville.
Noland’s famous Big Red Guitar can be heard throughout Hurricane Dave’s CD – his clean, precise picking reminiscent of the late Chet Atkins.
Hurricane Dave, who sings, plays acoustic guitar and blows a mean harp on “Bar Stools & Church Pews,” began his career as a bar musician in Washington, D.C. He has spent time in Nashville, as well as Southern California and Las Vegas. These days he calls the Fort Lauderdale area home, and, despite taking hits from Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005, plans to stay a good, long while.
“I’m a hurricane,” he says. “Where else am I going to go?”