The new album features 12 new songs including 10 originals. Walter reunites with John Mayall on the title track The Blues Came Callin’ along with Mayall’s Piano Boogie. Walter searches his soul on this album and lays it bare allowing new appreciation for life. The blues comes full circle; both as a reflective statement about his life and career, and as an all-penetrating desire to get back on stage and do what he loves most. This is the jewel case version.
Sparse, soulful, and contemplative, Dog My Cat highlights Harry’s brilliant mastery of the lap slide guitar, banjo, harmonica and vocals, not to mention the unique Mohan Veena – a 20-string Indian slide guitar. Recorded in a single 11-hour studio session with only harmonica and occasional guitar solo overdubs, Dog My Cat captured the attention of music peers, fans and reviewers. The Canadian Independent Music Awards voted it as the Best Blues Album of the Year in 2002 while the same year the Toronto Blues Society nominated it as Blues Album of the Year.
Recorded in Amy’s adopted hometown of Memphis, TN and produced by Paul Taylor, This World Is Not My Home features Amy on vocals/stand-up bass, Jimbo Mathus (acoustic & electric guitar). Jim Dickinson (piano), Tommy “T-Bone” Burroughs (fiddle/mandolin), Paul Buchignani (drums), Forest Parker (pedal steel), Tony Thomas (accordian), Jason Freeman (acoustic/eclectric guitar) and Paul Taylor (percussion/ukulele/acoustic & electric guitar/mellotron/washtub bass). The 10 original tracks on the album, 5 written by Amy, showcase her moody distillation of traditional country, artful rock and cool jazz that shatters the expectations of the genres.
Dark Night of the Soul is an album written by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse.It features a wide range of singers, which include James Mercer of the Shins, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Black Francis of the Pixies, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of the Cardigans, Suzanne Vega, Vic Chesnutt, David Lynch, and Scott Spillane of Neutral Milk Hotel and the Gerbils; these singers also had a hand in composing and producing the work.
This was the final album that Sparklehorse leader Mark Linkous completed before his suicide on March 6, 2010, although In the Fishtank 15—recorded in 2007—was released later, and Linkous was working on another LP at the time of his death. It was also one of the final works recorded by Vic Chesnutt before his suicide.