"Cold Comfort is John Lilly's finest album to date," writes one reviewer. With 13 solid original songs, stellar production, and world-class accompaniment, it is no wonder. On this outstanding full-band release, John is joined by friends Sonny Landreth, Bill Kirchen, Tim O'Brien, Brennen Leigh, Floyd Domino, Kayton Roberts, Mike Bub, Johnny Staats, Ric Ramirez, Tom Lewis, Skip Edwards, and Tommy Detamore. Recorded in Texas and Nashville, Cold Comfort shuffles, rocks and honky tonks its way through a wide variety of styles, tied together by John Lilly's unique vocals and straight-from-the-heart songwriting. From the danceable Texas shuffles of the title track and "Step by Step," to the stone country duets of "I Thought You'd Never Call" and "I Don't Know Where to Start," the collections draws on Lilly's strong roots. The Allmann Brothers-inspired twin guitar attack of "Come and Go" and the minor-key jungle rhythm of "Tore Up from the Floor Up" show Lilly's innovative side. "Two Miracles," "Short and Sweet" and "As Is," recorded in Nashville with Tim O'Brien and Mike Bub, are infectious acoustic numbers. The collections ends with a poignant solo performance of "Somewhere In Texas."
Cold Comfort was #1 on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) radio chart for November 2011, and #4 on the Euro Americana radio chart for December 2011. It was named the #2 CD of 2011 by 3rd Coast Music magazine.
Here are a few comments from reviewers:
"...Recorded in San Antonio and Nashville, with it's judicious use of fiddle and pedal steel, and a Marty Robbins-like voice, John leaves no stone unturned as he lets those influences flow out of him in 13 original songs that you could swear are decades old. Be they honky tonk, western swing, semi-humorous or a killer tears in your beer song with a great hook line John remains focused on the end result, one of the finest albums of 2011." [No Depression]
"After opening with the catchy but cryptic Come And Go, Flores’ magisterial fiddle—nothing says ‘country’ quite like a Bobby Flores intro—and Detamore’s pedal steel launch a string of eight originals, seven lovelorn, including a truck driver song, one celebrating the Two Miracles of love that actually pans out, that are among Lilly’s best work." [3rd Coast Music]
"Whatever the setting, these songs and this singer stand tall. Undoubtedly one of the albums of the year." [Lonesome Highway]
"John Lilly seems to get more prolific as he gets older, and his latest album is his most fully realized release to date. It's a great-sounding disc that features a baker's dozen originals that tap classic melodies and styles." [The Charleston Gazette]