I've emailed with Cal a few times because from the first time I heard one of his songs I was just knocked out. I'm the least musical person in Ohio, I think, but I love to listen. I have a CD collection in the high hundreds, and like to think I know a little about terrific, literate songwriting. My favorite artists are Lucinda Williams, the Alabama Shakes, the Civil Wars, Buddy Miller, Rickie Lee Jones, Neil Young, and John Hiatt.
Anyway, Cal's band is the Eddy Band, and their new (and last!) CD is "Spanish for Hospital." Cal writes the songs with two other guys in the band, and the songs are all terrific.
Cal writes, "We kicked at the door for most of the 90s and never made any headway. We played hundreds of gigs a year for about a dozen years, but were only ever a club band in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area."
That's criminal. These two videos below are my favorites. The first is a song off the new CD, which I note isn't for sale anywhere yet. The second is a song from their "greatest hits" CD from a couple of years ago that I downloaded from CDBaby.
Why I'm not famous I understand. Why Cal isn't baffles me.
Eddy + Cindy • Bob Hate from Bob Hate on Vimeo.
Forgot the Way - Eddy Band from Bob Hate on Vimeo.