Monday, June 11, 2012
Current Distraction Part One: Trigger Hippy
As I continue to try (but not succeed) in enjoying the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood record, another Black Crowes side project has made its way into my life. Trigger Hippy, featuring one of my favorite drummers, Black Crowes pounder Steve Gorman and one-time Crowes guitarist Audley Freed have apparently been together long enough to lose Freed and replace him with Will Kimbrough. This would still be enough to pique my interest. But having both Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene as leaders makes this project something of a sortasupergroup.
I stumbled upon a live show from April and loved the set list, a mix of originals and covers that included "Snatching It Back" by Clarence Carter, Delaney & Bonnie's "When The Battle Is Over" and Ann Peebles' "99 LBS." The band covers a lot of a musical ground. From the one live show I listened to I think they can jam with the best of them, keep it tight with the funk, and thanks to Miss Osborne's always fiery vocals, deliver the soul.
Their website http://triggerhippy.net/ doesn't offer much info, but there is plenty to listen to. I'm feeling like I might be late to the party on this one, but at the moment, I'm really digging it. Plenty on YouTube as well. I'm partial to the Gary Wright cover below.