Ernie Hendrickson is a storyteller like Harry Nilsson in a country mood. He started recording his album Down The Road in a barn in Wisconsin, feeling his way into his songs, playing all the instruments. He intended to release the results, but thought better of it and brought in a slew of musicians to start the album again in a studio in Chicago. It took him six months.
Down The Road is a warm and melancholy album, underpinning the sadness in his songs. They deal with loss (In The Corner of My Mind, Lay Your Troubles Down) and hope (Better Days). Brian Wilke on pedal steel takes center stage on number of tracks, with instantly recognizable harmonica of Howard Levy clamoring for attention.
Hendrickson's songs twist and turn and the sole cover -- Tom Waits' The House Where Nobody Lives fits in perfectly. It is his first proper outing as a solo recording artist. Down The Road is a good start for a long journey as a songwriter and guitar player.
Buy Down The Road from his website.