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King Hobo

by King Hobo

Classic rock collaboration between JP Gaster (Clutch, Bakerton Group), Per Wiberg (Mojobone, Spiritual Beggars), Thomas Juneor Andersson (Kamchatka) and Ulf Rockis Ivarsson (Beatundercontrol).
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Running
4:18 $0.99
2. Leaving Letter Blues
5:54 $0.99
3. Rolling In From The Sea
4:09 $0.99
4. Swede
3:13 $0.99
5. Moonshine
5:12 $0.99
6. Four Winds
4:23 $0.99
7. From Me To You
4:52 $0.99
8. Coffee Break
5:04 $0.99
9. Best Of Times
3:25 $0.99
10. Mr Clean
11:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
The 2005 Sounds of the Underground festival tour was about as decidedly “un-funky” as they come. Equally put off by the lack of anything remotely “in a pocket,” Per Wiberg of Opeth and Jean-Paul Gaster of Clutch set up shop outside the bus trailers and sent an open invitation to any like-minded musicians. Shortly thereafter, they commenced to fill the void.
All told, this happed only a few times, but when it did, great spontaneous jams were pulled from the aether. They were a sorely needed respite from days crammed full with blast beats and monster howls. The good times, however, would inevitably come to a halt when a participant would insist upon “shredding” or “wailing”. This was not the spirit of said jams. The credo was “get funky or get out.”

Seeking to further reap the rewards only found in that spontaneity, Wiberg gathered a group of friends in a rented house in Falun, Sweden. It was somewhat of a leap of faith in that the session would rely primarily on the collective writing and recording of one week’s time. But considering whom Per had assembled, there was plenty of reason to be confident. Thomas Juneor Andersson (Kamchatka) on guitar and vocals, Ulf Rockis Ivarsson (Beatundercontrol, countless sessions), Eric Oblander (Five Horse Johnson) harp on “Leaving Letter Blues”, Tomas Agnas on sax for “Mr. Clean”, Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch, The Bakerton Group) on drums, and finally Wiberg on vocals, keys, and guitar.

Prior to the session, Wiberg sketched out a few ideas and Andersson had hummed a tune to him over the phone. But other than that, the session was an honest blank slate. It was recorded together live as a whole by Robert Ekholm. This was not an easy task. The studio was wired into a rented vacation home populated by musicians who love beer in equal measure to music. When all was said and done, the group banged out a full-length album of merciless blues, funk, and rock and roll. Two covers made the cut, “Running”, written by Curtis Mayfield, and a stellar Freddie Hubbard version of Weldon Irvine’s classic “Mr. Clean”. The album documents one week in Sweden when a small gathering traveling musicians threw their ingredients into the collective cauldron, enjoyed the meal, and then departed as quickly as they had come. For this reason, they call the group, and its debut release, King Hobo.

Neil Fallon



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By the end of track 2,you have one of those moments where you stop what your doing,look at the stereo and realise you've got your dollars worth right there.Things continue in a bluesey,funky retro swagger that has some real interesting arangments(not your standard 12 bar blues) running through each track.Did I detect a bit of Steely Dan as well? Grown up music,for grown up's.Brilliant.

Mark Martins

King Hobo debut
Great rock and roll jams! Really good fresh stuff for the summer time. I've been rockin' out to this!


King Hobo CD
Great CD with 10 rockin' songs, nice collaboration of musicians, wish they would tour, but understand the complexities.

Thomas Williams

great debut
i am thoroughly pleased with this release. the drumming of JP Gaster never fails. mixed with per on keyboards this was sure to be a great album. it was the vocals i was weary of since i knew this was to be a bluesy jammy project. they do not fail. european influenced blues is definitely not something to be fearful of.
buy it
listen to it
love it
thank them later.


Thank You King Hobo
I wasn't sure what expect at first but after the first song was over I was already drunk on rock. Its like the Allmans meet Clutch for a killer jam session in heaven. I would travel far and wide to see these monsters live. Buy this album if your a fan of blues, soul, funk, classic rock, or just plain ol' good down home music in general.

mark egan

king hobo
i expected a great album and i was not disapointed
excellent rocking stuff,still ,what else would you expect from the worlds best drummer