Eddie Spaghetti: Sundowner
Eddie Spaghetti – Sundowner – Bloodshot records
Rick J Bowen
Eddie Spaghetti, a true clown prince of rock n roll and Supersucker soul brother number one, knows how to have a good time. His third solo album Sundowner
is exactly that: a twelve track party album full of beer drinking sing-along songs. Recorded at Pearl Jam’s Studio Litho in Seattle, this collection of mainly cover songs from Eddie’s friends and idols is a stripped down, no nonsense affair that ranges from the absurd to the sublime. Eddie takes on Steve Earl, Dean Martin, Willie Nelson, and punkers The Dwarves, giving each song his rough and ready flair and showing as he says: “It was fun to put a little spaghetti on them.”
But the opening line “When I’m all through and haven’t been what they think I should be, if the total isn’t high enough when they figure me, what do I care” from What Do I Care , penned by the original bad ass himself Johnny Cash, speaks the most to the heart and soul of this road warrior. Eddie enlisted band mate Scott Churilla to give his solid meat and potatoes back beat on the drums and Marty Chandler on some fantastic honky-tonk guitar. Eddie also gives us three new songs, the best of which is the poppy cantina styled Marie which shows some hidden depth to this bar room crooner. Eddie Spaghetti in the end is at his best when he is as the songs says, “ a midnight cowboy singing his song, to every girl that comes along, “ and wouldn’t life be fine if it was all “Party Dolls and Wine” anyway.
Originally published in Innocent Words April 2011