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Dare To Be Different

Released on Wild Oats Records in 2005.

As a band, Gail and the Tricksters have existed for several years - playing not only for their local Nashville crowd but for audiences around the world - but Dare to Be Different is the first Trickster's release to feature Walter Egan on guitar.

As a die hard Walter Egan fan, I almost expected not to like this album. After all, Walter neither sang nor wrote any of its twelve songs. Instead, he took a backseat to the group's leader, Gail Lloyd. He explained it this way, "They needed a lead player and I filled that need. I like just playing guitar and not worrying about carrying the show sometimes."

Now that I've listened to the cd, it seems I really didn't need to worry. I can't say that I'd rank it anywhere near Egan's solo work or that of the Malibooz, but the album is a fun, catchy mix of rockabilly, blues, and rock 'n' roll. Gail Lloyd's strong vocals compliment the music well, but don't expect any deep, poignant, or introspective lyrics (with the possible exception of the final verse of "Wet Sand"). As titles such as "Rockabilly Robots" and "Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" suggest, this is meant to be a light-hearted record. Favorites are "Pink Slip" with its hint of surf, "Evil Grows," and "Wet Sand" with Walter's - as Gail describes it in the album's liner notes - "Sheik of Araby" guitar part.

Dare To Be Different
2. Wanna Go South
3. Runaround
4. Pink Slip
5. Twist My Heart
6. Tom Cat Blues
7. Evil Grows - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 417K)
8. Round 'N' Round (Duet with Frank Starr)
9. Wet Sand - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min 10 secs long, 1.07M)
10. Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
11. Rockabilly Robots
12. Tricksters Are In Town - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 30 secs long, 417K)

Album Details:

2005, Wild Oats Records

All songs written by Gail Lloyd, (C) 2005 except:
            "Wanna Go South" - Frank "Andy" Starr
            "Pink Slip" - Leslie "Bird" Anderson
            "Evil Grows" - Trent Travson
            "Round 'N' Round" - Don Alexander
            "Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" - Stick McGhee
            "Rockabilly Robots" - Gail Lloyd, Steve Haggard, Bart Weilburg
            "Tricksters Are In Town" - Steve Haggard

Gail and the Tricksters are:
            Gail Lloyd - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
            Walter Egan - acoustic and electric guitars
            Steve Haggard - harp, backing vocals
            Supe Granda - electric bass
            Kathy Burkly - percussion

Guest Artists:
            Bart Weilburg - acoustic and electric guitar ("Wanna Go South" and "Round 'N' Round")
            Geoff Firebaugh - upright bass ("Round 'N' Round")
            Mark Miller - upright bass ("Wanna Go South")

Produced by Steve Haggard
Recorded by Randall Merryman
Mixed by Randall Merryman and Steve Haggard
Mastered by Randall Merryman

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