500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions

500 Miles: The Blue Rock Sessions

by Cliff Eberhardt Cliff Eberhardt


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Cliff Eberhardt may have come up on the same '80s East Coast singer/songwriter scene as Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, John Gorka, et al., but even from the beginning he had rock & roll -- and even pop -- aspirations. His early albums found him leaning toward Springsteen-esque heartland rock and almost John Waite-ish balladry as much as the folkish approach of his aforementioned peers, and his rough-edged voice and hook-centric songwriting made it all work. The further into his career he gets, however, the more he concentrates on spare, acoustic-based settings and slow, soulful ballads. Call it "maturity," "evolution," or "back to basics," the important thing is that he can pull it off a hell of a lot more convincingly than some straight-up rocker for whom the acoustic troubadour mode is an unprecedented step. On this, the eighth album of a recording career that began in 1990, the fiftysomething songwriter furthers the organic, as-close-to-live-as-possible approach of his preceding release, The High Above and the Down Below, sounding completely at ease in this mode. Sometimes, as on "Have a Little Heart" and a remake of "The Long Road," the title track from his '90 debut album, Eberhardt lays into a big, bold pop melody that wouldn't sound out of place being belted out by an American Idol contestant (that's not a pejorative statement). But for the most part, his gritty, soul-soaked voice leans comfortably into more low-key constructions. Most of these songs have the feel of hard-earned wisdom from a man who has run life's emotional gauntlet and emerged with not just some trenchant, humbly offered observations, but the knowledge that the best way to put them across is a soft sell.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2009
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651022121
catalogNumber: 221
Rank: 148346


  1. 500 Miles
  2. Have a Little Heart
  3. I Want to Take You Home
  4. Lonelyville
  5. I Love Money
  6. Break a Train
  7. Easy Street
  8. Little Town
  9. When the Leaves Begin to Fall
  10. You Won't Come Back to Me
  11. Back of My Mind
  12. The Long Road

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cliff Eberhardt   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Gut String Guitar,Papoose
Billy Crockett   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Maresh   Upright Bass
Rick Richards   Drums
Glenn Fukunaga   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Hardwick   Electric Guitar
Colin Brooks   Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Karen Mal   Background Vocals
Joel Guzman   Accordion,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Cliff Eberhardt   Composer,Liner Notes
John Hiatt   Composer
Billy Crockett   Producer
Eric Peltoniemi   Executive Producer
Hedy West   Composer
Keith Gary   Engineer
Jon Reischl   Art Direction

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