Old buddies Jack Logan and Bob Kimbell have finally united for a full-on full-length collaboration.
Jack received widespread critical accolades for his two Medium Cool/Restless albums, Bulk and Mood Elevator. You may recognize the following quotes: "…the most substantial rock ‘n’ roll of this decade…" from Billboard’s Timothy White, "…boozy, sloppy, and beautiful…" from Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, and "Logan’s rockabilly-blues/lounge-pop hybrid bustles with melodic invention...from letter-perfect 60s style country to indelicate distorted rock…" written in Request.
Bob has released three full-length CDs as leader of the Parasol band Weird Summer, hailed by internationally diverse publications Magnet, Bucketfull of Brains, Puncture, and Pop Culture Press. Magnet said, "What a voice…that is the first and lasting impression left by Bob Kimbell…" Puncture compared Bob’s songs to Alex Chilton’s, and Pop Culture Press, called Weird Summer’s output "…nearly perfect melodic, romantic, melancholy pop".
Their voices beautifully blend on these fourteen tracks. Highlights include "Frozen Rope", a haunting track about hitting a line drive in baseball (how’s that for everyday charm?), and "Rained Like Hell", a song that originally appeared on Weird Summer’s third CD, In Search Of.
Jack Logan, on his collaboration with Bob:
"I got to know Bob Kimbell sometime in the early eighties in Champaign, Illinois. While I can't remember our first meeting, I do remember the first time I saw him. It was at some punk-rock-pop new-wave show someone was putting on in some armory-like building at the University of Illinois. Bob and a woman walked in wearing huge, army-green trench coats. Anyway, we were both playing in new-wave-punk-rock-pop groups at that time and since the audience for this genre was composed almost entirely of other bands of this genre, our paths inevitably crossed.
I could be wrong, but I believe our first attempt to write songs produced the song "Little Private Angel". We continued to write together sporadically over the next ten or fifteen years.
This January, we finally decided to get together and make a record. We assembled some old recordings, but recorded the majority of it in the Georgia homes of Kelly Keneipp and myself. The result was a record where we had a lot of fun and did whatever the hell we wanted. I can't wait to do it again."