• Her love runs cold0:30
  • White bread0:30
  • The devils on the way0:30
  • Big Easy Blues0:31
  • Understand0:30
  • Dark Side0:31
  • My little girl0:30
  • Skeleton Town0:30
  • Have you ever loved a woman 0:30
  • If it kills me0:30

Josh Hyde & The Hitchhikers

The Town Talk

By Andrew Griffin -March 12, 2004

 “Dark Side ,” the latest offering from Alexandria's very own Josh Hyde and the Hitchhikers is one of those albums that sounds great in a variety of places — hanging out with friends at an outdoor barbecue, driving around at night, or even at home recovering from a bad break up. Hyde is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who has a knack for incorporating a variety of distinctive Louisiana sounds — sultry folk ‘n' blues, New Orleans soul, and that distinctive rock guitar sound you're likely to hear in bars and clubs throughout the mid-South. He is was born in Baton Rouge and was first exposed to blues music as a teenager at Tabby's Blues Box. Tabby Thomas, Larry Garner, and Silas Hogan were some of his early influences as a musician. Dark er themes run through the veins of this record and it actually works well. There is an undeniable authenticity in Hyde 's songs and even a little humor.


  • “Her Love Runs Cold” is a Fogerty-esque choogler that has Hyde with a spooky vampire girl in the graveyard at midnight . How very Anne Rice. “She took me walkin' through the graveyard bones / her skin it sparkled like a fine gemstone / the sky was crying by my mouth was dry / all I could see was a midnight sky."
  • The funky instrumental “White Bread” featuring Travis Doyle's bubbly Hammond B-3 organ and Jamey Bell's dead-on percussion makes this groovy track a must. Hyde puts his lonely soul wholeheartedly into the memorable.
  • “Big Easy Blues,” featuring guest harmonica player Gary Primich.
  • “Skeleton Town” has an almost mid-60's Merseybeat rock groove that is quite appealing and makes it a standout track.


Eight of the 10 songs were recorded at Bell Recording studios in Alexandria while the final two tracks – Freddie King's “Have You Ever Loved a Woman” and Teddie Morgan's “If It Kills Me” – were recorded live at the Pelican Club. Hyde 's guitar work on these two tracks is some of the best I've heard. .

Review

10 Tracks

Produced by Josh Hyde & Jamey Bell

Recorded at Bell Recording, Alexandria, LA

Released: 2004

Dark Side

Josh Hyde

:30 Second on-line Previews

Please click on any of the tracks listed to the right to hear the first 30 seconds of each song. Click the Purchase CD link to visit the Louisiana Music Factory website to purchase the Dark Side CD.