FAME Review: Shawn Camp / Pat McLaughlin / Big Al Anderson / Michael Rhodes / Greg Morrow - The World Famous Headliners
Sean Camp / Pat McLaughlin / Big Al Anderson / Michael Rhodes / Greg Morrow - The World Famous Headliners

The World Famous Headliners

Shawn Camp / Pat McLaughlin /
Big Al Anderson / Michael Rhodes /
Greg Morrow

Available from The World Famous Headliners online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is one of those 'the best band you never heard of' populated by musicians you should have heard of, but probably haven't heard of all of them; and they play some of the best music that is so powerful it might overwhelm you, and if you saw them in person you might just sit/stand there with a dropped jaw because your mind was blown. You have Big Al Anderson formerly of NRBQ, Shawn Camp known as a songwriter, but also a noted multi-instrumentalist on the guitar, fiddle and mandolin; and Pat McLaughlin formerly of Tiny Town (among other bands). These three often strap on their telecasters and trade off fiery solos. Michael Rhodes on bass (John Fogerty, JJ Cale, and Bob Seger) and Greg Morrow, drums, (Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, and Dixie Chicks) round out this group and as you can see from their resumes they have the background and experience to hold their own with the big boys with big names, and sometimes they take over. As powerful as this lineup is (and they should be seen in person to truly realize their power) they also can play with a very delicate and deft touch.

"Big Al" Anderson's praises and accolades will fill an enormous book mostly on the Rock side of the ledger, however in the last few years his influence in the Country sphere of music has gained great respect. Groups such as the Mavericks, Tim McGraw and LeAnn Rimes have recorded his songs. Shawn Camp is frequently playing with Guy Clark and has had songs covered by Brooks and Dunn and Jim Lauderdale and many others. He is widely known for his blazing fiddle work, and his virtuosity on guitar and mandolin. Pat McLaughlin has been playing a bit under the radar except with those he realized his huge talent, diverse artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood and Al Kooper have cut his songs, and Rosanne Cash has tapped him for his blazing guitar work.

As expected all the tunes on the disc were written by the members of this group and credited to the group. This is a power grouping, that if it starts to tour and play live, it is going to be hard to get them off the road because of the demand. This group truly lives up to the sobriquet the best-unknown super-group you haven't yet heard of. Don't miss this gem of a disc that shows them well.

Track List:

  • Give Your Love to Me
  • Party Till the Money's Gone
  • Mamarita
  • Can I
  • I Bleed
  • Heart of Gold
  • Take Me Back
  • Ball and Chain
  • Too Fast for You
  • Nobody To Love
  • Jukin'
  • My Baby
  • Ding Dong

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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