THE HOME OF SPECIALIST MUSIC Supporting independant labels and artists from across the globe
All Genres | Ltd Editions | Signed CD's | Special Offers | Vinyl | Box Sets

Wicked Grin - Live

Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
Release Date:
Catalog Number:
Wicked Grin - Live
Wicked Grin - Live


"John is a great force of nature," enthused Tom Waits after he produced Hammond's 2001 album Wicked Grin, which almost entirely consisted of interpretations of Waits compositions - "I don't know anybody that can play guitar like that except guys that are old enough to be his grandfather. And for a writer it's flattering to have someone like John do your songs. He has invaluable experience and finesse. He makes me sound good."

On "Wicked Grin" John Hammond was accompanied by a small group of musicians, all of whom had previously worked with Waits. Most of these musicians subsequently gigged the album with Hammond but by the time of the Bremen gig that comprises "Wicked Grin Live" in 2002, the line-up consisted of guitarist Frank Carillo, bassist Marty Ballou and drummer Stephen Hodges.

All the songs are extraordinary. Here are compelling and surreal despatches from America's demi-monde, with the songs peopled by billiard-playing midgets, blind firemen, drunks, junkies, losers, inadequates, cheating women and hobos with Runyonesque names like Slaughterhouse Joe, Jack The Cutter, Little Joe from Kokomo, Jimmy The Harp and The 44 Kid.

Hammond has always regarded "Wicked Grin" as a career highlight. But if the album is a landmark in his recording career, it is surely equally true, on the evidence of "Wicked Grin Live", that the gigs he played in support of it were amongst the most remarkable of his glorious, ongoing, six decade career as a travelling bluesman.


  1. Name
  2. 2:19
  3. Clap Hands
  4. Heartattack And Vine
  5. Til The Money Runs Out
  6. Gun Street Girl
  7. Fish In The Jailhouse
  8. Shore Leave
  9. Gin Soaked Boy
  10. Get Behind The Mule
  11. Murder In The Red Barn
  12. Big Black Mariah
  13. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
  14. Fannin' Street
  15. 16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought Six
  16. Low Side Of The Road
  17. Buzz Fledderjohn
  18. I Know I've Been Changed
  19. Cold Water

Fast delivery & returns worldwide

In stock