ROB HAMILTON

LONELY STREET

April 2020

Album cover

Okay, well, it's about time. I've tried my hand at recording and self-producing an album of country/folk tunes, and it's called LONELY STREET. The tunes are hand-picked gems that I've grown to like over the years while practicing on my pedal steel guitar. The title song was made popular by Andy Williams in the 1960's. It's not really a country tune, but I heard it recently on an old George Jones album and made a stab at singing it here. There are songs by Willie Nelson, Ry Cooder, Hank Williams, Rodney Crowell, Billy Joe Shaver, and even one by The Grateful Dead.

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Back cover with song titles

The Songs

This album is an assortment of cover versions of eleven tunes from classic country and folk-rock artists. In some ways, it's an homage to songwriters, singers, and players who have shaped my musical interests.

Across The Borderline
High Time
Lonely Street
Old Five And Dimers
Ashamed
Oh Lonesome Me
The Great Divide
Take These Chains
Hickory Wind
Down Along The Cove
Tulsa Queen

Influences

So many great singers and players have influenced me in my lifetime. I owe so much to the great talents who made music their career. Several who inspired me on this collection are here...

Johnny Cash Buck Owens George Harrison
Willie Nelson Don Gibson Ray Price
Rosanne Cash Lloyd Green Billy Joe Shaver
Peter Cooper Emmylou Harris Jerry Jeff Walker
Pete Drake Robert Hunter Duke Robillard
Bob Dylan JayDee Maness Hank Williams
Jerry Garcia Gram Parsons Buddy Emmons
George Jones Ben Keith Bill Frisell
Greg Leisz Duke Levine and many, many
others.

The Cover

I took the cover photograph several decades ago while visiting family in rural Kansas. I was intrigued by the STOP sign, which was yellow with black print. I hadn't seen one like that before. My daughter, Susanna Hamilton, a graphic designer in Cambridge, used the photo to create the cover art and text.

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