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.
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. .
Produced by Josh Hyde & Jamey Bell
Recorded at Bell Recording, Alexandria, LA
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.
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