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Pick It Up

by Jim Stringer and the AM Band

Music that feels like peanut shells on a honky tonk floor.
Genre: Country: Honky Tonk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baker's Half Dozen
2:26 $0.99
2. I Crossed the Line
3:50 $0.99
3. You Could Have Fooled Me
2:32 $0.99
4. This Time It's Different
2:52 $0.99
5. Pick It Up
4:27 $0.99
6. Deep Fat Fried
2:35 $0.99
7. Bartender, Tell Me
3:17 $0.99
8. Note to Self
2:29 $0.99
9. (Chicken Pickin') the Hen, Pt. 1
2:34 $0.99
10. Wrong John
2:26 $0.99
11. I Am, Therefore I Drink
3:25 $0.99
12. It's Not What I Need
2:55 $0.99
13. Barely Legal
3:13 $0.99
14. That's What Friends Are For
2:43 $0.99
15. Pick It Up: Epilogue
1:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the world of press agents, the term "veteran" is used to describe players with 20, 10 or even 5 years of experience. If this is the case, then Jim Stringer, with almost 60 years, 14 full length records, hundreds of compositions, and around 10,000 gigs is some kind of super-veteran. However, ever conscious of the dangers of becoming jaded, or just practicing a craft, Stringer has tried to expand his concept. A lifetime student of guitar, he continues to put in hours of practice. Writing and composing are as necessary as breathing and eating. Recording and producing are ongoing explorations.

The players in the AM Band are among the most respected in music. T Jarrod Bonta on piano has become a top Texas session player, as well as a highly regarded artist fronting his own band. Bassist, Carl Keesee, was a founding member of the seminal folk-rock group, Lazarus, in the late 60s and early 70s, as well as contributing to the work of famed Canadian singer-songwriter, Jane Siberry, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary) and others. Bonta and Keesee have been working with The AM Band since 1998. Journeyman drummer, John McGlothlin, frequently works with James Hand. Pedal steel picker, James Shelton, is well known for his ripping, unperdictable licks. Both have been working with The AM Band since about 2005.

The songs on "Pick It Up" are all about making choices, some good, some bad. The exceptions are, maybe, the two country-jazz instrumentals, "Baker's Half Dozen", a tribute to guitar great, Mickey Baker; "(Chicken Pickin') The Hen Pt. 1" is a cover of the 1971 Louis Chacere original, and a homage to Jerry Reed's chickin' pickin' instrumentals.



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