Debut Solo Album from the Only Remaining Original Member of the E Street Band Besides The Boss Himself!
As a founding member of The E Street Band, Garry Tallent has spent a considerable portion of his life touring the world and playing for legions of fans. In between these musical campaigns, the question fans most often ask is, "So, what do you do in your break time?" With his new album, Garry now has the perfect answer. Break Time is a wonderfully raucous collection of twelve original songs, all written or co-written by Garry.
Reaching back to the sounds that initially inspired him; the songs on Break Time use the music of the ‘50s as a framework. But this is no museum piece! Using a largely acoustic ensemble, Garry captures the timeless energy of the era when rock and roots music was born. Upright bass, accordion, archtop guitar and real drums come together in a jubilant festival of song.
Drawing from the rich pool of Nashville players, Garry assembled an ace studio crew to help him bring these songs to life. Special guests include guitar giant Duane Eddy, whose unmistakable twang can be heard on "Promise to My Heart," fellow E Street Band member Nils Lofgren adds harmony vocals on "Ooh La La," and Cajun superstar Doug Kershaw sings on "Bayou Love." Music City chanteuse Kristi Rose duets with Garry on the first single, the rockabilly boppin' "StayAway."
Recorded live to 8-track tape at Nashville musician Paul Burch's Pan American Studios, Break Time is a triumph of analog music making. Co-produced by Garry and Eddie Angel, founder of Los Straitjackets, it sounds like the work of a man who has been in love with rock and roll his entire life. And that's exactly what it is; Every last note of it.
Garry Tallent: acoustic & electric guitars, vocals, percussion
Jimmy Lester, drums
Dave Roe, standup bass
Eddie Angel, acoustic & electric guitars
Pats Kaplin, fiddle, mandolin, & banjo
Randy Leago, accordion and drums
Kevin Mckendree, piano