While many artists reinvent themselves with new sounds or a different approach to songwriting, Chuck Brodsky remains one of the most consistent singer-songwriters on the circuit today. This doesn't mean that Brodsky is predictable---instead he has found his niche and continues to mine the gold from that vein. His 2006 album "Tulips for Lunch" is another fine contribution to his legacy. Brodsky's sixth album is again produced by J.P. Cormier, who produced Brodsky's Color Came One Day" (2004). Brodsky and Cormier also play nearly all the instruments on the album. Like his previous albums and his collection The Baseball Ballads, Brodsky includes two new songs about baseball on Tulips for Lunch. Curse of the Billy Goat explores the origins of the curse on the Chicago Cubs. Death Row All-Stars is the true story of a Wyoming prison baseball team whose members played for their lives, literally.
Baseball isn't the only sport that Brodsky weaves real-life tales about. The Great Santa Snowball Debacle of 1968 finally tells the story he first hinted at in Letters in the Dirt on the album of the same name. Philadelphia Eagles' fans were so upset that year, they booed and threw snowfalls at Santa Claus. Now we know the real story.
Other real-life stories include The Ballad of D.B. Cooper, about the infamous airline bandit, and Mary the Elephant about the unfortunate hanging of a circus elephant in Tennessee. Brodsky also delivers the politically charged, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire, a stinging rebuke of President Bush. The song opens with In the Beginning, a poem written by Nick Annis, about the history of the texts comprising the Bible.
Fans of Brodsky's other albums will find a lot to like with Tulips for Lunch. If you haven't discovered Chuck Brodsky, Tulips for Lunch is as fine an example as any other album to start your collection.
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