THE CALL OF THE NIGHT
THE CALL OF THE NIGHT–THE TRUTH–CLOSE–OFFSHORE–IT’S NOT TOO LATE–NEED A LIL MORE–GUITAR IN HAND–MISSISSIPPI BRIDGE–I’VE GOT THIS SONG
Guitarist/vocalist/composer Josh Hyde is a sho’ nuff native son of Louisiana. Growing up, he spent a lot of his childhood in Baton Rouge, where he was born, and New Orleans, where his family moved for a time when he was seven. He states that, even as a youngster, The Big Easy left an indelible musical imprint on him. That eclectic nature is the common thread running thru the nine original cuts on his national debut, “The Call Of The Night.” Josh is on guitar and vocals, and his special guests are just as eclectic as the material. Also on guitars are producer Joe V. McMahan, Buddy Flett, Tony Daigle, and the iconic Sonny Landreth. On keys are James Westfall and another Louisiana institution, Papa John Gros.
The lyrical content on these cuts reveals John’s honesty in dealing with a divorce and the passing of his mother, rewarding listeners with enough balance to show how redemption wins out in the end. He leads off with the title cut, as “The Call Of The Night” and the folks who inhabit therein, “hit you like a slow heart attack.” The guitar work is exemplary, too, over the laid-back groove. “Close” shows a more vulnerable side of Josh’s nature, as he begs a younger lover to “please hold me close–I’m a broken soul.” It follows a marching beat, and features guitar from Buddy Flett. “Guitar In Hand” is another of Josh’s poignant tales dealing with life’s other side, as he attempts to cope with a broken love affair with “I’ve got a Bible, I’ve got a glass/one more drink to kill the past.”
We had two favorites, too. Showing an obvious maturity well-beyond his years, Josh wrote “Mississippi Bridge” at the age of eleven. It dealt with his first-hand experience of riding the same Greyhound bus from Alexandria to Baton Rouge every other weekend to visit his mother and his father, who had separated. And, “Offshore” is an eerie tale of infidelity with pounding percussion as we learn of the woman whose husband works the obligatory two-weeks-on, two-weeks-off shifts on the Gulf Coast oil rigs, and those inevitable visits from the infamous “Jody.”
Music is one of Louisiana’s most popular “exports,” if you will, and Josh Hyde is one of its most impressive and soulful players. The infectious groove of “The Call Of The Night” cannot be denied. Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.