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Tim Krekel

HAPPY TOWN • Tim Krekel

God Bless Tim Krekel, he is a guitar maing. Rock and roll is alive and well, although you do gotta go lookin for it these days. The bittersweet songs and axe genius of this Louisvillian will instringuate themselves into your life. It's my feel good CD of the summer so far, high volume with the top down. I do believe that "Best Thing I Never Had" is one of the very best rock and roll songs I've ever heard. Happy Town has also been in my gym bag all week, since it's a great cardio record.

Krekel is a mighty respected and beloved figure, both in his hometown of Louisville and here in Nashville, just a couple of hours away. His fans are called Krekkies, and there's plenty of 'em. He's penned a number of hits in his time: "Cry on the Shoulder of the Road" hit the top of the chart for Martina McBride, as "You Can Feel Bad" did for Patty Loveless, and "Turning Away" did for Crystal Gayle.

The cat is a phenomenal player, and has toured the world with the likes of Jimmy Buffet and Billy Swan, as well as while fronting his own bands. His six CDs have all been well received critically, and none better than the new one, which we endorse with enthusiasm.

Five of the eleven tunes were written by the artist alone, and a half dozen split between him and five hot co-writers. Kim Richey has two, Tom Hambridge (producer of Grammy nominated Susan Tedeschi) cowrote my favorite, and two other great Nashville writers have one apiece, Duane Jarvis and Carter Wood, a fellow Louisvillian. It's a very hand picked bunch.

Rick Harper on bass and Mike Alger on drums form a hard wired trio with Tim. This was even evident at a recent Tower Records in-store appearance, where a good crowd had turned out to see them rock the joint at 6 pm, before a CD release party later. Rick sings good backgrounds, and they both add percussion on the recording. The trio do the arrangements together, and the artist co-produced with Ben Ewing.

Everybody, especially baby boomers, need good rock and roll recordings. Look no further, buy Happy Town. It's the nice!