Bill Hullett – Two-Lane Blacktop

Two-Lane Blacktop

Okay, by now you’re all saying, “Does this guy listen to anything besides jazz?” Well, here’s a killer instrumental album featuring a veteran Nashville studio picker. Not only does Hullett put on a nasty country-bend symposium on “Alligator Gar,” but he does it on a 1950 Fender Nocaster. Ditto for a killer cover of the Sam and Dave chestnut “When Something is Wrong with My Baby.”

But it’s the playing, not the guitars, that make this album stand out. It’s not hard to see why Bill would be wanted in studios. His versatility and innate sense of taste are obvious after one listen. And, the chops…for acoustic and electric highlights, check out the title cut. It’s a killer CD with guests like Sonny Landreth on slide. Recommended if you’re a fan of monster country players. Write to Vertical Records at PO Box 120904, Nashville, TN 37212.

This review originally appeared in VG‘s April ’98 issue.

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