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Old 97’s bassist Murry Hammond’s first solo album reveals just how responsible he is for the “roots’ elements in his band’s music which has always teetered between mountain-based country and electric guitar fueled hard rock pop. Featuring American traditionals, Carter Family originals, and Hammond’s own Americana-laced songwriting, the album manages to evoke an old world of railroad train songs and gospel spirituals without being a completely retro-styled act. Hammond invests real emotion in these pleas for salvation (“I Believe, I Believe”), for a world swept away by the conveniences of modern life (“Other, Younger Days”), and for those reoccurring train cars that continue to excite him far more than the modern world (“Riding the Rods,” “As You Roll Across the Trestle”). The back-up group is kept sparse, adding touches of percussion and stand-up bass (Hammond adds the few touches of electric bass) to his acoustic guitars and carefully applied harmonium. It’s a rich tradition he’s mining and he never emits an ironic pose. This music is his first love and he would do nothing to dishonor that affection. 

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My favorite country album of all time

This is my favorite album of the year so far. Everything about it is just perfect. A must for any fan of folkish old timey gospel music.

very solid work from Old 97's bassist

I mean this as a compliment: this album is exceptionally sincere -- in its music, in its lyrics, and in its themes. The album could have done without two versions of "Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down" (one instrumental, one with lyrics), but otherwise the selections are a nice mix of traditional country/roots tunes and Murry's originals. Murry Hammond donates 100% of the proceeds of this album to Project Mercy, a kind of Habitat For Humanity in Tijuana, Mexico.


Murry Hammond has created a name for himself with this album. His style is original with an ol'timey influence. It is clear with this catalog, where a lot of the soul comes from in the music of The Old 97s. His songs take you to places of vivid scenery that you would see in an unforgetable film-and I wouldn't be surprised to start hearing some of these songs on future soundtracks. I think we will be hearing much more from Murry in the future. Well deserving of 5 stars!

I Don't Know Where I'm Going But I'm On My Way, Murry Hammond
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