If Maria McKee signs three duets then hangs out an extra day to lend her piano talents on seven additional tracks, it’s a good sign this record is no slouch.
The songwriting team of Nashville’s Charles Ezell and Los Angeles drummer/producer Matt North release their debut L.P.: I Can’t Die in LA featuring 12 songs that range from love letters to suicide notes.
From the opering line “Dreams don’t come true, nothing happens to you . . .” the listener embarks on a hilarious, kinda sad, brutally honest journey suggesting shades of Townes Van Zandt and humor to outwit Hayes Carll.
Songs like “Crazy Girl” and the roots-rocking “Booze, Pills, and Her” are sure to uplift any mob of barroom sad sacks; while the ballad “Right Now” is a bonafide anthem for lovesick underdogs (and hang in there for the bonus tracks).
Hail the Size was joined in the studio by a small cast of local friends and musicians:
- Marie McKee, former lead singer of the pioneering Americana band Lone Justice, sings vocals on the title track “I Can’t Die in LA,” and the ballads “Drift Away” and “Right Now.” Her piano work on 7 of the album’s songs delivers a fiery amalgam of Nicky Hopkins and Richard Manuel.
- Cellist Matt Fish (Alejandro Escovedo, John Doe) lends his talents to the final track “Sue” and perhaps the world’s first football ballad, “Hail Mary.”
- LA guitar iconoclast Carey Fosse (Wayne Kramer, Possum Dixon) adds dashes of Duane Allman and Captain Beefheart to the record.
- LA session drummer Matt North (Jesse Denatale, Rob Kendt, Mink Stole_ is at his levitational best.
LA Weekly writes, “Lead singer Ezell is a cross between a young John Belishi and John Prine. Maria McKee digs ‘em too.”
Steve Earles, Air American Radio says, “Now that’s a good record. . .”
Ear Candy Mag says, “Booze, Pills, & Her is a soon-to-be classic!”
Available online November 1st @ CDBaby & iTunes
Contact: myspace.com/hailthesize, GoodDrummer.com