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«This Place Belongs To The Birds»
Saturday, 14.11.2015, 20:20
oh what a night...
Hank Shizzoe (CH)
«This Place Belongs To The Birds» (2015) is his latest album. This compilation of 10 beautifully crafted songs» is his brand new and 14th album and it touts a message.

«Birds have been living on our planet for millions of years and evolved from dinosaurs. The sing really well and travel in style. It’s us who are their guests.» On the outside the set’s a visually beautifully designed tasteful presentation and thematically most of the easy listening and light-as a-feather songs deal with us and other beings like birds living on the planet as the title says. For the most part the collection excels with more acoustic play than we’re used to from this multi-instrumentalist artist. For a rich full sound on some of the pieces it also features sensitive support by fine musicians on contra bass, drums and jazzy horns. His songwriting style has been compared to that of JJ Cale and his ability to relax the room and spread the good word has been compared to that of Kris Kristofferson. Moreover, it’s music that’s immediate and honest, simple and warm. There’s a strong message here and perhaps fittingly the album concludes with the hit by the Traveling Wilburys «The End Of The Line».

Beginning in 2011 Hank has been associated with his friend Stephan Eicher, another master of the steel hand inside the velvet glove. They did Stephan’s «L’Envolee» together and toured France, Belgium and Switzerland. Other touring acquaintances over the years were Ali Farka Toure, Sony Landreth, The Nits, Tony Vescoli and the notorious American jazz poet John Sinclair. Hank also recorded with Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, Bo Diddley, Flaco Jimenez a.o. This bird Hank has  been flying  and he’s now the honorary Birdman of the Mississihl. He’s guaranteed to deliver an evening for the birds.

Chirped Rolling Stone: «He’s the best roots-rock-songwriter who’s not from  the U.S.»

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