Hard Working Americans - Hard Working Americans
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  • Band members: Todd Snider, Chad Staehly, Dave Schools, Duane Trucks
  • Summary: The debut release of covers for the band that includes Todd Snider, Neal Casal of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Chad Staehly of Great American Taxi, and Duane Trucks of King Lincoln.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    80
    Snider and friends bring the party to songs not necessarily associated with wild abandon, but it's the perfect soundtrack for your next keg party. [Apr 2014, p.110]
  2. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    While the band clearly has an advantage, being able to handpick songs that were already pretty stellar to begin with, credit is due to the hard Working Americans for not simply churning out carbon copies, but slathering plenty of loose blues, jam band raucousness and stoner charm, to make these songs their own.
  3. Feb 13, 2014
    80
    The material forms a coherent, hard-hitting song cycle about blue-collar hard times. [Feb 2014, p.76]
  4. 70
    As a debut for five musicians who are busy with their own careers, let’s hope there is a follow-up sooner rather than later.
  5. Feb 13, 2014
    70
    Hard Working Americans picked 11 cover tunes which deal with the hard truths of life among the working class, some recent compositions, and other, older songs that have remained relevant with the passage of time.
  6. 60
    Though most effective as a droll raconteur, Snider here relies on covers of songs by the likes of Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams; fortunately, guitar wizard Neal Casal is on top form.
  7. Mar 19, 2014
    50
    Snider is a limited vocalist, so with him in the lead, everything the Hard Working Americans play sort of flattens out.

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