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Rock - Released September 30, 2014 | New Rounder

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Nashville's Trigger Hippy are a supergroup of sorts, with two strong vocalists, Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene, both of whom have prosperous solo careers of their own, and a back line that includes Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and first-call Nashville session guitarist Tom Bukovac. Throw in strong group songwriting, and one has a roots rock powerhouse that sounds a bit like the Black Crowes backing up Delaney & Bonnie, with a strong R&B and soul feel, all filtered through a dose of hard country and Southern rock. The group's self-titled debut on Rounder Records opens with the delightful "Rise Up Singing," a Greene original, and holds that same warm, soulful feel throughout the whole set, with Osborne and Greene trading off vocals and verses song to song like so much honey and smoke. "Tennessee Mud," "Pretty Mess" (written by the group's bassist, Nick Govrik, another Nashville session cat), and the country-by-way-of-Stax "Dry County" are all standouts here, with sharp, warm playing and vocals to die for, all of which makes this debut stand up well against the supergroup hype that is bound to rain down on Trigger Hippy. There's little doubt that there's a lot of talent here, but the group's real hurdle will be in keeping it all together in the face of the other projects and commitments its members have on their plates. That's the problem with supergroups, but for now at least, Trigger Hippy have delivered a fine album of vintage Southern roots rock. What happens next may have as much to do with recording and touring schedules as it does with any concerns about creative chemistry, which this band has in spades. ~ Steve Leggett
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Rock - Released September 30, 2014 | New Rounder

The late '70s certainly had their fair share of notable power pop acts. Cheap Trick, the Knack, the Babys -- the list is endless. It may have seemed like just about every band with a catchy hook and shaggy hairdo scored at least a hit or two, but this didn't prove to be the case, as evidenced by the 1978 self-titled debut album from Trigger. Scouted by none other than Gene Simmons and signed to Kiss' label at the time, Casablanca Records, Trigger's lone album certainly fits in well with the aforementioned leaders of the genre. But there is one thing missing from Trigger's debut -- a clear-cut, bona fide hit single. The group certainly knew how to pen a well-constructed song -- tracks such as "Baby Don't Cry" and "Shake It Up" were heavy on the vocal harmonies and lyrics about the ups and downs of relationships -- but Trigger never got around to penning their "I Want You To Want Me." Although they may have been similar musically to their counterparts, one thing that made Trigger different was their lead vocals, courtesy of the group's pair of singer/guitarists, Jimmy Duggan and Richie House -- whose voices sound more akin to the throaty shout of Slade's Noddy Holder, especially on the album-opener "Somebody Like You." If Trigger was afforded a shot at further albums, they very well may have blossomed into a world-class melodic rock act. But all that is left is a fine debut, and a lot of "what if?" type thoughts. Long out of print, Trigger was remastered and reissued on CD as a European import in 2009, via the Rock Candy label. ~ Greg Prato