Michael Hurley

Rounder CD3043

Rounder Records Corp.
One Camp Street
Cambridge, MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Allen Price


Rounder has recently reissued Michael Hurley's 1980 album, Snockgrass, on CD, and it truly stands the test of time. A singer-songwriter in the John Prine/Robert Earl Keen mold, Hurley's songs are sometimes quirky, sometimes ironic, but always command your attention. His pieces are often about down-and-outers, folks on road, the lonely folks, who seem to hold a glimmer of optimism even when things are toughest. Given these cynical times, its encouraging to hear a hopeful voice these days. Just a glance at the track list will give you an idea of the types of tales Hurley tells in his music. If he were a Texan, I think he'd be Jerry Jeff Walker.

Snockgrass is an album that takes several listens to get into. The band creates a honky tonk feeling, with the emphasis on Hurley's gravelly voice. All the better, for it's his lyrics which make the song.

All in all, Snockgrass is a pretty good time.

Included with the album are two previously unreleased cuts, giving the person who has had the vinyl of the original release an excuse to pick up the compact disc.


  • Midnite Rounder
  • O My Stars
  • I'm Getting Ready To Go
  • Watchin' The Show
  • Automatic Slim & The Fat Boys
  • Don't Treat Me Bad
  • I Heard The Voice of A Porkchop
  • No Home
  • Jole Blon
  • I Think I'll Move
  • Goin' To Florida
  • You Gonna Look Like A Monkey
  • Sweet Lucy (alternate take)*
  • Grapefruit Juice Blues *
(* Previously unreleased)

Edited by Kerry Dexter

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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