If you’re a fan of Tom Waits and not familiar with this album– pick it up now. John Hammond covers Tom Waits’ originals (except for one song), with Waits himself on backup and producing the album. They’ve been friends and played together for years. I’ve had Wicked Grin in heavy rotation since it came out in 2001, and whenever anyone hears it, right they are blown away by John Hammond’s boozy, barrelhouse blues chops.
Wicked Grin is utterly timeless, still worth raving over. In fact, I’m listening to it right now– and all of a sudden I need a beer.