World Famous Headliners
Big Yellow Dog Music
Three singers. Three songwriters. Three guitarists. That should be three strikes against the World Famous Headliners.
Instead, the chemistry created in this collaboration is captivating.
Big Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin with plenty of help from bassist Michael Rhodes and drummer Greg Morrow have made an album that justifies the band's hyperbolic, tongue-in-cheek name.
The group, Anderson's first since NRBQ, employs an unusual approach to song arrangements: Anderson, Camp and McLaughlin often sing in unison. That may have helped avert a clash of egos, and it definitely gives the record a distinctive stamp. And when the trio transitions from unison to three-part harmony, it's goose-bump good.
There's tasty guitar throughout, and the composer cooperative with every song credited as a three-way effort produces first-rate material with plenty of variety.
"Give Your Love to Me" is loose; ZZ Top-style boogie, "Can I" soars over a Tom Petty-esque guitar bed; the slow waltz "Take Me Back" recalls the Everly Brothers; and the closer "Ding Dong" is '50s rock worthy of Leiber and Stoller. These Headliners deserve boldface type.
Check this track out: The country-blues "Too Fast for You" benefits from scooped vocals and ragged but joyous three-part harmony, which give way to a couple of LOL guitar solos.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Steven Wine
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.