The title of John Doe’s new album couldn’t be more appropriate. The Westerner,finds the co-founder of Los Angeles punk legends X meditating across open expanses of the desert, sun burning bright in the sky and the arid landscape shimmering with mystery.Doe’s inspiration came in a feverish burst in Tucson, Arizona, where he was recording with Howe Gelb (of Giant Sand) and spent time with his friend, author Michael Blake (Dances With Wolves), hours before his death. guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau.
‘The Happiest Man In The World’ is a tasty gumbo of Eric Bibb’s newest bluesy-country songs recorded in the English countryside … The stellar acoustic band, made up of musicians who have known each other for years, features legendary upricght vassist Danny Thompson (Alexis Korner, Pentangle, Donovan, John Martyn …). His exuberant, soulful sound at the heart of these songs makes ‘The Happiest Man In The World’ a real treat.