Brian Setzer - The Knife Feels Like Justice
Label: EMI America
Distributed by: Capitol Records
Produced by: Don Gehman
Band members/personnel: Brian Setzer, Tommy Byrnes, Chuck Leavell, Kenny Aaronson and Kenny Aronoff (and a handful of other people helping out here and there)
Design: Carol Chen
Fast facts: For his very first solo album, Brian Setzer - who had made guest appearances with Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Robert Plant in the years leading up to his solo career - surrounded himself with well experienced (session) musicians. Tommy Byrnes (currently part of Billy Joel’s band) had been playing live with the Stray Cats as second guitarist just before they disbanded in late ’84. Keyboardplayer Chuck Leavell is a former member of The Allman Brothers Band and also worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Gov’t Mule. Bassist Kenny Aaronson worked with Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan and Dave Edmunds. And drummer Kenny Aronoff of course is best known as the drummer for John Mellencamp as well as for his session work for Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper and many others.
Musically, Brian Setzer was stepping away from rockabilly and aiming more towards the so-called heartland rock genre, which had developed in the 70ies but was made popular in the early 80ies by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty.
Most songs have been written entirely by Brian Setzer, while he co-wrote three tracks with others (Maria with “Little” Steven van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Aztec with Mike Campbell from Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, and Breath Of Life with Tommy Byrnes). Some of the album's songs had already been played live on the last Stray Cats tour.
Producer Don Gehman is best known for his work with John Mellencamp, and also worked with the likes of Stephen Stills, Jimmy Barnes, R.E.M. and Hootie and the Blowfish.
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