Eric Lindell Gulf Coast Highway

Eric Lindell Gulf Coast Highway
This soulful singer-songwriter has been based in New Orleans for the past decade, and this is reflected in the stylistic gumbo (R&B, funk, blues, soul, pop) on offer with this tasty platter. Earlier albums Change In The Weather and Low On Cash, Rich In Love brought critical kudos, though claims that he channels the spirit of '70s era Van Morrison are a tad excessive. Lindell lacks the gritty resonance of white soul singers like Van and Delbert McClinton, but his laidback voice is certainly easy on the ears. His real strength is as a songwriter and producer, and this is in full evidence here. A fine horn section, the B3 organ work of Mark Adams, and Lindell's fluent guitar playing power the tunes, and all are demonstrated on cool instrumental closer "Raw Doggin'." Buck Owens' country classic "Crying Time" is given a fun, bluesy makeover, and he also covers Waylon and Willie's "I Can Get Off On You," but it's Lindell's originals that make Gulf Coast Highway an attractive drive. (Alligator)