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Grace and Trespasses

by Joe Croker

An eclectic and lyrical tour de force: from rock to alt country, folk and blues to world music.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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1. Hush, Apollo's Here
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2. Snake Handling Man
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3. God, Is that The Word?
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4. Does That Comfort You?
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5. Dark Angel Blues
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6. Diane, Diane (Live)
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7. Brotherhood of Love
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8. Black Diamond
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9. In Another Lifetime
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10. Antony, Cleopatra, and Julie
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11. Hero
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12. Big Driver
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13. Snow and Candy
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14. Wish I Were
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15. In the US of A
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16. As I Lay Me Down
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17. Arrived
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18. Break Me Down
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19. Heal
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20. Pretty Dreams
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Album Notes
Two accomplished producers and a slew of musical heavyweights combine forces on Joe Croker’s eerily expansive "Grace and Trespasses"—Croker’s third full-length release, his first in four years. The songwriter’s trademark eclecticism is on broad display. From the haunting opening track, set beneath the azure sky of Greece, to the rock, blues, and folk accents of British and American locales, Croker takes the listener on a journey that is both geographic and metaphysical. Think Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor meets Flannery O’Connor—all through the mouthpiece of a Midwestern balladeer.

Bob Dylan/Lucinda Williams road veteran John Jackson shoulders the lion’s share of the guitar work, being joined by longtime member of Bonnie Raitt's band, sideman George Marinelli. An A-list of Nashville session players fills out the sound, including bassist Byron House (Robert Plant, Sam Bush, Buddy Miller, Susan Werner), drummer John Gardner (Al Cooper, Dixie Chicks, Billy Joe Shaver), and keyboardist Eric Bikales (Tom Waits, Mike Post). Production credits are split between Croker and Austin-based maestro Tommy Spurlock and New York producer Cliff Goldmacher.

Reviewers are hard-pressed to pin a label on Joe Croker. The range of his interests on "Grace and Trespasses" demonstrates why. On a cd in which matters of sin and redemption are never far from hand, Croker likewise assumes a number of voices: they include that of a truck driver, a snake handler, the young Octavius Caesar, a religious skeptic, a guilt-saddled dipsomaniac, a mad-as-hell anti-jihadi, and an effete social critic. As Cozmic Debris reviewer Shaun Dale has said about Croker’s work, “There is a topical element to some of the songs, reminiscent of the populist appeals of Springsteen or Mellencamp, but Croker's range of styles and subjects makes most comparisons less than apt. He's an original in the best sense of the word."



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Moving from a blue collar country rock style - like Steve Earle or Waylon Jennings - with songs such as \"Snake Handling Man\" and \"Black Diamond\" to more introspective and lyrically rich treats (\"God, Is that The Word?\" and \"Brotherhood of Love\") with ease, Croker and his exceptionally simpatico musicians (too many to list but a special nod to co producer and player Tommy Spurlock) play a blinder. Some songs spring out, primarily \"Does That Comfort You,\" that is spellbinding in its surreal lyrics and amphetamined gospel delivery. Croker occasionally veers close to MOR balladry (\"In Another Lifetime\" for example) and could do with an editor of sorts to trim the excess fat from this album. Twenty minutes shorter and this could be a classic of sorts.