Shadow Life: A Debut Album by Eddy Hughes Rust Belt Rock: Bluesy guitar, faded blue-jeans and pocket-T's. Not uptown, not country. Not overly slick, hip or sophisticated, but earthy, a bit visceral, a little vulnerable. Real. A mix of influences as diverse as the people doing the daily shuffle to survive; everyday people who love, hurt, and wonder why. People with gentle hearts but who project an image as tough as their surround. The ones that don't dance until they get drunk. I've spent thousands of hours playing to these folks in their gathering spots, the little smoke-filled honky-tonks that dot the factory-scape. As one of them, one of the legions of the ordinary, as one living the shadow life. These songs are for them, about them. A plugged-in Beggars Banquet? Musical Influences: Hendrix, Funkadelic, Tom Petty, the Stones, early Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Delbert McClinton, Walter Trout, Robbin Ford, John Prine, Dire Straights, Poppa Chubby, Bryan Adams, Van Morrison and a hundred more. Love, addictions, depression, joy, questions, all the standard life stuff. What were my goals for this project? Unique and unpretentious songs. Songs you can listen to over and over, and still feel. Songs with heart. Non-mysterious lyrics, about everyday emotions. Guitar work that doesn't imitate anyone in particular. Guitar licks that are sexy and interesting, but not the focus of the song. Songs that fuse blues, rock, jazz, country and soul influences. Songs that don't buckle to a formula. To provide a definitive answer to: What is the meaning of life? (of course that's in the last minute of one of the songs, a clever marketing ploy!) Avoid if: You are looking for Polish without substance, you're into metal, rap, techno, formula songs or light folksy acoustic. I hope you'll take the time to listen. I hope you enjoy!
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