Eric Corne review….March 10, 2018….

ERIC CORNE

HAPPY SONGS FOR THE APOCALYPSE

FORTY BELOW RECORDS   FBR 019

MAD WORLD–RIDIN WITH LADY LUCK (FEAT. WALTER TROUT)–SHORT WAVE PREACHERS–PULL STRING TO INFLATE–HISTORY REPEATS–THE DISTANCE YOU RUN–FORBIDDEN TOWN–ASHEN HEART–TRAIL FULL OF TEARS–SING, LITTLE DARLIN, SING

Eric Corne has had plenty of irons in the fire of late.  He flexed his songwriting chops collaborating with Karen Lovely, writing most of the material  on her highly-acclaimed “Fish Outta Water” album.  He has produced the last several outings from British blues legend John Mayall, and somehow found the time to write, produce, and record his latest for Forty Below, “Happy Songs For The Apocalypse.”  The twelve cuts herein are varied and eclectic, and touch on Americana, folk, rock, blues, and alt-country.  He gets by with a little help from some good friends, too, including guests Walter Trout and Rick “L.A. Holmes” Holmstrom.

Just as much as the rest of us, Eric watches the news, and knows that society is on the fast track to self-destruction, and these tunes reflect ways to cope.  The set opens with just such a tale, “Mad World,” featuring pedal steel from Eamon Ryland, and Theremin from Lara Wickes.  Walter Trout adds guitar on the grunge-rockin’ distortion of “Ridin’ With Lady Luck,” over Eric’s hellhound harp.  “The Gilded Age” uses acoustic guitar and harp on this Delta-blues inspired tune, and he closes the set with another acoustic number, this one looking at solving problems the way children often do, “Sing, Little Darlin’, Sing!”

We had two favorites, too.  “Short Wave Preachers” calls politicians on the carpet for growing corporate greed, and has Sasha Smith on accordion, and Freddy Koella on fiddle.  And, “Locomotion” offers hope for us all, with Sasha’s tack piano, the horn section, and Eamon’s slide setting up a Stones-ish groove, for “I got a notion that they can’t kill!”

Eric Corne knows that there are brighter days ahead, for the darkness is no match for the dawn.  Open yourself up to the vast array of talent from Eric and “Happy Songs For The Apocalypse!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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