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Who The Hell Is John Eddie?
Artist: John Eddie
Format: CD
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The failure of John Eddie to attract a large audience to this point in his careeris largely a consequence of timing. When he first appeared on the industry'sradar in the mid-80s, there was already a plethora of heartland rockers withscuffed souls and angst-ridden poetry journals. His tone (sincere and oftenhistrionic) and his pedigree (East Coast) generally gave the leather-and-lopeimpression of a Springsteen-come-lately. Oddly enough, Eddie's comparison tothe Boss, both then and now, is appropriate and should be considered complimentary.Eddie has always been a better than average wordsmith and his stridently fueledrock stance is just as authentic and heartfelt as any of the more commerciallypopular purveyors he's been measured against.

On Who the Hell Is John Eddie?, his debut for Lost Highway, Eddie scales backhis earlier penchant for dramatically charged rock for a dusty Americana rootspresentation that also reflects his long-standing love of country and soul.There are moments when Eddie still gives Springsteen a run for his money ("LetMe Down Hard," "Nobody's Happy") but more often he rocks downthe same gravel road as Steve Earle ("S***hole Bar," "Jesus IsComing").

On "Play Some Skynyrd," the question in the album's title pops upas a semi-legitimate query from a drunk and bewildered audience member who justwants to hear something he recognizes and that goes along with his draft beerand well shot. That is simultaneously the kind of detail that has always thrivedin John Eddie's songs and the story of his woefully under appreciated career.
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