Cheating at Solitaire

Cheating at Solitaire

by Mike NessMike Ness


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In one sense, it seems a little strange that Mike Ness would choose to record a solo album since he always appeared to be the driving force behind Social Distortion. On the other hand, Social Distortion is a full-fledged rock band, which means they're a democracy -- and that might have gotten a little constricting after nearly 20 years in the same outfit. Hence, Ness decided to take a solo detour in 1999 with Cheating at Solitaire. The title slyly hints at the fact that he didn't do this alone, and there are a stunning array of guests on the album, including contributions from Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen, and members of the Royal Crown Revue. Even if the record is loaded with cameos, it remains very much the work of Mike Ness, emphasizing his love of American roots music. Sure, there's hard, punky rock & roll on the record, but things get really interesting when he goes for straight country, blues, rockabilly, and folk. He's dabbled with these genres before, but he's never quite been as straightforward as this, nor has he been as successful. Occasionally, it may sound like he's tackling too much at once, but that's refreshing in a time when most rockers are playing it safe. And that is certainly one thing Cheating at Solitaire never does.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/1999
Label: Time Bomb
UPC: 0709304352425
catalogNumber: 43524


  1. The Devil in Miss Jones
  2. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
  3. Misery Loves Company
  4. Crime Don't Pay
  5. Rest of Our Lives
  6. You Win Again
  7. Cheating at Solitaire
  8. No Man's Friend
  9. Charmed Life
  10. Dope Fiend Blues
  11. Ballad of a Lonely Man
  12. I'm in Love w/My Car
  13. If You Leave Before Me
  14. Long Black Veil
  15. Send Her Back

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Ness   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Setzer   Guitar
Josh Freese   Drums,Snare Drums
Chris Lawrence   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Billy Zoom   Guitar
Mando Dorame   Tenor Saxophone
James Saez   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Slide Guitar
Veikko Lepisto   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Tom Corbett   Mandolin
Daniel Glass   Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Anthony Esposito   Composer
Mike Ness   Producer,Artwork
James Saez   Producer,Engineer
Jolie Clemens   Artwork

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