Hard Working Americans
Label: Melvin Records
Featuring a who's who of musicians culled from the Americana and jam-rock scenes, Hard Working Americans is singer-songwriter Todd Snider's very intentional stab at putting together an American-bred classic-rock band, one that claims both great songwriting and tough riffs. Boasting Randy Newman, Gillian Welch and Hayes Carll covers, their self-titled debut certainly contains high-quality tunes. As for those tough riffs, well, Hard Working Americans at least sound like rockers on both "Another Train" and "Welfare Music," but Southern Rock Opera-era Drive-By Truckers they clearly are not.