BGO Records BGOCD1151 …………
Pederson’s two classic albums from the 1970s unearthed and re-mastered
Highly respected in the industry, Herb Pedersen’s collaborations read like a who’s who ofthe greatest in country, bluegrass and ‘soft’ rock. Better known as a song writer, session musician and for his work with the likes ofthe Dillards and Desert Rose Band, not to mention the association with lifelong friend Chris Hillman, his solo output has been somewhat limited. His reputation however, meant that he had no problem attracting the best players and vocalists as support for these two great albums;
Al Perkins, Leland Sklar et al all make significant contributions.
The albums, recorded for Epic in 1976 and 1977, give us an eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, country rock and gentle ballads with 14 ofthe 20 tracks being self-penned. His signature Wait a Minute has ofcourse, been recorded by the great and the good. A country rock rendition of Lennon/McCartney’s Paperback Writer kicks things off as the album moves from one highlight to another. Our Baby’s Gone features terrific vocals from Emmylou and Linda and Lowell George’s screaming slide guitar on the finale If I Lose is just amazing. Bill Monroe’s Can’t You Hear Me Calling confirms Herb’s love of bluegrass and the Dillards’ The Hey Boys takes him right back to his roots.
Discerning followers of Herb’s career would have sought out SOUTHWEST on CD as long ago as 1990 but SANDMAN appears in this format for the first time. The album comes superbly packaged with a 48 page insert and comprehensive notes from respected music critic John Tobler give an excellent insight into the artist’s early career. At 70 years young, Herb seems to have no intention of slowing down, even embarking on a UK summer tour with his compatriot from the Desert Rose Band, Jon Jorgensen. John Roffey