The Hits Keep Coming [LP]

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

The Hits Keep Coming [LP]

Rick Estrin and his musically fearless Nightcats are modern blues at its most potent, with ten sparkling new originals ranging from from crisp, hooky retro-rock to intense, noirish blues, along with sublime interpretations of Muddy Water’s “Diamonds At Your Feet” and Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows.” The songwriting is quick-witted throughout, and the band’s ensemble playing is infectious and jaw-dropping.  “Estrin defines his own brand of hip.  Superb harmonica work [and] the current litter of ‘Cats, including guitarist Kid Andersen, reigns as the best band anywhere. —Downbeat

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1. Somewhere Else 3:57
2. The Hits Keep Coming 4:59
3. The Circus Is Still In Town (The Monkey Song) 3:51
4. Everybody Knows 3:42
5. I Finally Hit The Bottom 5:10
6. Diamonds At Your Feet 4:01
7. 911 2:50
8. I Ain’t Worried About Nothin’ 3:45
9. Learn To Lose 3:22
10. Sack O’ Kools 4:10
11. Time For Me To Go 4:29
12. Whatever Happened To Dobie Strange? 4:39

All songs by R. Estrin, Locked In Music, BMI, except as noted

Rick Estrin: Vocals, Harmonica
Kid Andersen: Guitar, Bass on 3, 4, 7, 8 and 10, Tubular Bell on 2, ARP Soloist on 12
Lorenzo Farrell: Organ, Bass on 6, Wurlitzer on 7
Derrick "D'mar" Martin: Drums, Percussion
Jerry Jemmott: Bass on 1, 2, 5, 9, 11 and 12
Sons Of The Soul Revivers (James, Walter, and Dwayne Morgan): Background Vocals on 1, 2, 4 and 12
Quique Gomez: Maracas and Animal Noises on 3
Lisa Leuschner Andersen: Background Vocals on 12
Charlie Musselwhite, Marty Dodson, Bob Welsh, Boopsy Callinz: Voices on 12

Produced, recorded, and mixed at Greaseland, USA by Kid Andersen
Mastered by Collin Jordan and Bruce Iglauer at The Boiler Room
Photos by Steve Jennings
Design by Kevin Niemiec

Kid would like to thank Grez Guitars, Throbak pickups and strings, and Lisa Leuschner Andersen.
D’mar would like to thank his beautiful wife, Dr. Sylvia Martin.
Lorenzo would like to thank Erin, Bev and David Farrell.
The Nightcats would like to thank El Bowman (aka Kat McNeill and Lance Bowman) for their unwavering encouragement.

Rick Estrin plays Hohner diatonic harmonicas customized by Joe Filisko, and Hohner chromatic harmonicas customized by Steve Malerbi and Mike Easton. Rick uses microphones by Dennis Gruenling at Badass Harmonica, and microphones by Greg Heumann at Blows Me Away.