Hickman-Dalton Gang | Volume 2

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Volume 2

by Hickman-Dalton Gang

Americana served Colorado style, with elements of outlaw, singer-songwriter & vintage twang from The Hickman-Dalton Gang, led by alt-rock veteran Johnny Hickman (Cracker) and hard-country champion Jim Dalton (Railbenders, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers).
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Wildcard
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2. You Got a Problem
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3. Mr Wrong
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4. Elizabeth
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5. Let's Toke the Whole Day Off
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6. (Come On Back To) Stockton
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7. Too Many Years
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8. No Easy Way to Say Goodbye
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9. Construction Man
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10. Long White Line
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The core duo of The Hickman-Dalton Gang are singer-songwriters Johnny Hickman (Cracker) and Jim Dalton (Railbenders, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers). In June 2011, The HDG released Volume II, a full-length, full-band album celebrating the band's country roots, rock foundation and wisecracking nature. Hickman blogged about the pending release: Volume II was threatening to be "a howling, good natured, electrified, stomping honky tonk opera of sorts."

The formation of The Hickman-Dalton Gang in 2007 created a perfect outlet for both songwriters, where timeless country could shine (as it did in 2007's dark and spare EP, The Hickman Dalton Gang Volume I, which the duo showcased through memorable acoustic shows). While Cracker has always had a roots/Southern rock side, owing largely to Hickman's Bakersfield days, Cracker are known primarily as godfathers of alt-rock due to their platinum success in the 1990s. Dalton's Railbenders, on the other hand, have dominated Denver's live "hard country" scene since their emergence, garnering them awards and choice opening slots with Willie, Dwight Yoakam, and more. The Hickman-Dalton Gang has allowed the two friends to collaborate, as well as elaborate, on what country comprises for each of them.

2011's ten-song Volume II spreads itself wide as the Western sky, from tender (Dalton's "Too Many Years") to 190-proof rock (Hickman's "Wildcard") to the Cash-channeled co-write "Long White Line." Co-produced and engineered by Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), Volume II resonates with vintage country sound, enjoying its energy upgrade to full-band, and delivering an album that delectably spans lowbrow, middle class, and high-octane all in one shot.


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Jennifer Jowsey

Ten incredible and diverse songs!
LOVE this album! Ten incredible and diverse songs! Though billed as "country," there's plenty of variety here to satisfy most music fans. Johnny Hickman and Jim Dalton, the core duo and songwriters of the group, alternate lead vocals on the songs, giving a whole other dynamic to the album.

"Wildcard" is a guitar rocker that is a perfect high-energy opener. "No Easy Way to Say Goodbye" is a minimalist track that still manages to convey a bluesy feel – a touch of a Stray Cats vibe, a little early Billy Joel. "Construction Man" is blue collar hoedown fun.

"Too Many Years" and "(Come On Back To) Stockton" are the lyrical standouts on the album. Both are "remember when"-themed, invoking a wistfulness and appreciation for times gone by. However, they are very different musically: "Too Many Years" utilizes acoustic and steel guitar and piano to set a more somber tone of recollection, while "Stockton" is an electric guitar-driven hope for for an uncorrupted reunion.

"You Got A Problem," "Mr. Wrong," and "Let's Toke The Whole Day Off" are country-flavored fun. Jim Dalton channels Johnny Cash in "Long White Line," a moody, mellow ode to the road.

"Elizabeth" is my overall favorite – a country-rockin' sweet declaration of unshakable love to a lucky girl named Liz.

I've played this album constantly from the day I got it, and I have no signs of tiring of this rich mix of tunes.

just j

I absolutely LOVE this album!
"They're a good gang," says my six-year-old of The Hickman-Dalton Gang after her first listen to Volume II. I must agree. This magnificent album spans the country spectrum, also channeling a little jazz ("No Easy Way to Say Goodbye" and bluegrass ("Construction Man") along the way. It makes you laugh ("You Got a Problem"), it makes you cry ("Too Many Years") and it makes you think ("Long White Line"). And sometimes, it just makes you have a good time ("Wildcard" and a remake of "Mr. Wrong," with the third verse missing from the original Cracker recording). So please support the superb collaboration