Saturday, February 10, 2018

Glenn R. Townsend 1998 Drivin' The Bus

Genre: Blues
Rate: 128 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:41:41
Size: 38,10 MB

United States

Glenn R. Townsend wrote the title track for his ninth album, "Drivin' the Bus," about a man he calls "maybe my musical father." But, on a metaphorical level, it could be about any person in the world who works a day job in order to keep doing what he or she loves.

That's something the well-known Tulsa blues-rocker knows about firsthand.

"I go to these other cities to play, and they think I'm a star or something," he says with a grin. "They don't know that I'm over here building a big ol' set of cabinets right now so I can get the money to help keep my household together. Almost every one of us playing music here has a day gig. I'd like for these young kids coming up to know that you not only probably can't make it doing music in Tulsa without that day gig, but that there's no shame in working, and doing a good job.

"My whole life I've had a job," he adds. "I did music full-time only for a short time, when I was on Columbia Records (with the group Truck) and working with Johnny Rivers and Spiral Staircase and those guys, touring all the time."

Townsend first picked up a guitar in 1961, when he was 13 years old. And the man who inspired him then is the same man who inspired "Drivin' the Bus" -- like Townsend, a working-man blues star with a musical resume a mile long.

"Drivin' the Bus is about Flash Terry," affirms Townsend. "It's not about his life, but how he approached things. He drove his bus by day and played his music at night, and when we were down at Tulsa Transit shooting the cover of the album, they told us that he hardly ever missed a day, rain or shine. It was important to him to keep his schedule, and he kept it for 40 years. I really look up to him."

While "Drivin' the Bus" contains plenty of the kind of uncluttered blues-rock that's become Townsend's signature, it also contains some stuff that breaks from his usual sound.

"This album is real different," he says. "We've got two hard-rock songs with a blues edge, the title cut and `So Damn Crazy,' which has even got some Jimi Hendrix feedback that the kids ought to like. `Standing in a Darkroom' has the sound that I think is the coming thing in blues-rock. It starts with that old familiar `Linda Lou' progression, with some Albert King licks thrown in, and then gets heavier and heavier as it goes along. By the time it ends, it's pretty heavy.

"We've also got a Django Reinhart-inspired instrumental, `Reach Around,' full of those big handful chords with an airy kind of lead, along with a Brazilian rhythm. Everytime they play it on KMOD, they're getting tons of calls from girls."

In addition to Townsend's band -- bassist Alan Thompson and drummer Rick Gerkin (formerly of the Real Band) -- Teegarden himself appears on several cuts, playing percussion. Producer Smith, who was once a professional musician himself, sings some backing vocals, and Robert Day's keyboards enliven a couple of cuts.

Two other drummers appear on the disc: former Glenn R. Townsend Band drummer Miles Jacobs and a man named G.R. Townsend, who handles the sticks on "Sad Ol' Story." And if you're thinking that "G.R." is Glenn himself, you're off by exactly one generation. "G.R. is my 24-year-old son," says Townsend with a chuckle. "He took three months of drum lessons and then he went into the studio. It was his first time, and he was scared to death." (John Wooley)


01 - Drivin' The Bus 03:01

02 - Ain't No Love 04:46

03 - Old Man 03:15

04 - Tulsa Blues 04:03

05 - Standin' In A Darkroom 03:32

06 - Feeling's Gone 04:13

07 - So Damn Crazy 03:54

08 - Reach Around 05:17

09 - My Little Baby 03:20

10 - Kansas City Blues Man 03:09

11 - Sad Ol' Story 03:11

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