Smiling Assassin

Smiling Assassin

by John Hermann


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While he's best known for lacing Widespread Panic's choogling jams with flights of keyboard fancy, John Hermann is just as happy digging around in the Delta dirt. This homey collection of back-porch country-blues musings sounds less like a recording session than a surreptitiously recorded house party. Featuring pals such as Blue Mountain's Cary Hudson (whose keening fiddle makes its mark on the infectious title cut) and Luther and Cody Dickinson (the prime movers in the acclaimed North Mississippi All-Stars) the easygoing rustic vibe is warm and inviting (particularly on a juke-joint cover of the Ray Charles classic "Lonely Avenue," which features vocals from Panic singer John Bell). Hermann's guitar playing (his instrument of choice here) is marvelously messy on "Run You Down," a mood that spreads to everyone else in the room, making tunes like "Abilene" and "Swamp Tag" as much fun to hear as they no doubt were to create.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0045778034826
catalogNumber: 80348
Rank: 242639

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Hermann   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
John Bell   Vocals
Michael Houser   Guitar
John Keane   Shaker
Todd Nance   12-string Guitar,Shaker
Domingo Ortiz   Percussion,Track Performer
George McConnell   Guitar
Paul "Big Bird" Edwards   Bass
Paul Edwards   Bass
Luther Dickinson   Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Percussion,Drums
Cary Hudson   Harmonica,Violin

Technical Credits

John Hermann   Producer
Steve Roberts   Cover Photo
Bruce Watson   Producer,Engineer

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