Rico Bell: The Return of Rico Bell
A Celtic-infused brand of Leeds high lonesome soul from the suave and lady-killing accordionist of the Mekons.
Produced by the indefatigable Jon Langford (who lends his fractured guitar work as well), backed by the crack rhythm
section of Harry and Dave Trumfio and featuring appearances
by Waco Brother pedal steel whiz Mark Durante, it's our most romantic release yet. It's big, meaty chunks of heartache,
displacement, and resignation underpinned by that moaning accordion, snarling guitars, and that pleasantly ravaged
(OK, not your standard idea of romance, but it's as close as we at Bloodshot can get cloaked in our Bukowskian
wariness). Features Rico's whiskey-cured renditions of Merle's "Lonesome Fugitive," The Band's "Acadian Driftwood"
and--talk about incest--The Waco Brothers' "Lake of Vinegar." Sure to magically transform even the
coziest living room into a dimly-lit Chicago tavern on a dreary winter day.
"It's a loose, frayed collection that asks the question 'What would happen if the Temptations' tour bus collided with
Hank Williams' and they had to make the best of the situation."
Tracks(all songs written by Jon Langford and Rico Bell, except where noted. Tom Greenhalgh credited as co-writer on "On The Streets")
Rico Bell - The Return of Rico Bell - 1996 - Bloodshot Records BS012CD