Billy Preston

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The Dirty Heads comfortably combine hip-hop and reggae with somewhat lesser dollops of conventional rock songwriting and arrangements on Any Port in a Storm. While those are the three main styles the group blend, they don’t always use all three idioms in the same song, some tracks coming close to being straight hip-hop, reggae, and/or rock. Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan are even referenced in “Believe.” It’s an unusual mixture, but more clever than exciting, without standout tunes or lyrics. Topics for the latter include statements of mild musical and social outsiderdom, declarations of pride for sticking to their principles, and the occasional nod to romance. A fair amount of profanity is used, but hardly in an aggressive manner, almost as if it’s running a little counter to their generally upbeat natures. Billy Preston appears on keyboards in one of the last sessions he recorded before his death. ~ Richie Unterberger Special Edition Personnel: Dustin Bushnell (vocals, guitar); Jared Watson (vocals); Steve Fox (guitar, ukulele, Clavinet, programming); Stan Frazier (acoustic guitar, drums, programming, background vocals); Barrie Lee Hall, Jr. (trumpet); Lewis Richards (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, programming); Billy Preston (organ); Mario C. (vibraphone); Matt Ochoa, Josh Freese (drums); Jon Olazabal, Alex Acuña (percussion); Steve Doz (programming, scratches); Tramale Chatman (scratches); Luann Aronson, Native Wayne (background vocals). Audio Mixer: Mario C.


CD Universe Part number 8152154
Label Executive Music Group (EMG)
Orig Year 2008
Catalog number 1251
Discs 1
Release Date Apr 27, 2010
Studio/Live Studio
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Producer Steve Fox; Stan Frazier
Engineer Patrick Mundy; Nate Kunkle; Ed Cerney; Lewis Richards
Recording Time 72 minutes
Personnel Billy Preston – organ
Josh Freese – drums
Alex Acu+¦a – percussion
Jared Watson – vocals
Dustin Bushnell – vocals, guitar
Jon Olazabal
Matt Ochoa
Lewis Richards – Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, programming
Luann Aronson
Mario C. – vibraphone
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