Given his impressive credentials, Snapshots is surprisingly Al Perkins' first solo effort. The album showcases his magical musical ride from an eleven-year-old steel guitar protégé in West Texas through a variety of bands and sessions over the next thirty years that feature his expressive guitar, steel and dobro playing.
Amongst other gems the album also boasts a rare 1971 solo demo recording by Perkins from his Burrito Brothers days entitled Back To The Country as well as unreleased demo recordings of Perkins accompanying country rockers the Curtis Brothers (who sound remarkably like a latter day Burritos), plus others by Travis Jones, Michael and Dyann Woody, and Richie Owens.
A rare treat is a revved up rendition of Chuck Berry's You Can't Catch Me featuring Elvis Presley's stellar 70's era backing band consisting of James Burton, Jerry Scheff and Glen D. Hardin.
- B Bowman Hop (San Diego TV Show - age 11)
- Fried Bacon Crisp (The Mystics)
- Tenderly I'll Love You (The Shades)
- Steel Guitar Rag (Flying Burrito Bros)
- Back To The Country (First solo demo)
- Ramblin' Man (Travis Jones)
- Mr Spaceman (Roger McGuinn/Chris Hillman)
- All Over Town (The Curtis Brothers)
- Permanent Attitude (The Curtis Brothers)
- You Can't Catch Me (Gary Walker)
- The Nash Ramble (The Nash Ramblers)
- Crazy In Love With You (Richie Owens)
- Habits of the Heart (The Woodys)
- Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (David Piland/Rick Crawford)
- Freedom Blues (Live at the Star & Garter, Manchester UK)
Al Perkins' Snapshots is available at SCM Records (Smart Choice Music). Click here to order the CD
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