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The best kept secret in music


This double album is the kind of wonderful sprawl Ryan Adams might have made if he wasn't busy pissing his talent away trying to be a rock star.
Two completely different records, it ranges from honky-tonk to Tex-Mex, from swamp-blues to Cajun, and all the way back again. Cris Cuddy has apparently been around since the sixties, including a spell in the gloriously named Jeremy Dormouse, but it's hard to imagine that he's ever made a better record than this. With lived-in vocals and a supporting cast including Andrew Hardin (who also produces in parts), Fats Kaplin and Albert Lee, he tells tales of love, life and loss with class and style. Of the two "Keep the Change" is nearer the edge, with hints of Tom Russell along the way, in fact hints of a lot of things, all whirled into a glorious melange that passes all too soon. "Nowhere Town" is more mainstream and rockier, but still doffs its cap to its roots, with echoes of Roy Orbison's vocal in places. Docked a star for the spectacularly offensive "Take it Off" and for the occasional lapse into chumble, this is a still a fine pair of albums. - Americana UK


Come Along Carmelita (Vanishing Castle (CD/VC-44)
Keep The Change/Nowhere Town (2CD/VC-55)
Jeremy Dormouse (Hallucination USA Green Vinyl)
Can a Gorilla Sing the Blues ? (Jungle Jukebox EP)
Who is this Max Mouse Anyway? (Jungle Jukebox LP)
Stilla Gorilla (Jungle Jukebox LP)


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Cris Cuddy is the leader of folk group Jeremy Dormouse and roots rockers Max Mouse and the Gorillas and has written and recorded several projects with each. He has recorded in Nashville with legendary producer Brian Ahern (Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash) and contributed songs to recordings by songwriting legend Mickey Newbury and Canadian Grammy Awards winners Prairie Oyster and Tracey Prescott.
George Bradfute has produced and performed with Phil Lee, Paul Burch, Jason Ringenberg, Webb Wilder etc.
Fats Kaplin has played and/or recorded with Tom Russell, The Judds and Manhattan Transfer.
Pete James formed cult favorite Nicki and the Corvettes and ran the famous blues jam at the House of Blues in Boston
Brian Owings is a first-call session player and has performed with acts such as Buddy and Julie Miller and Delbert McClinton