Long Way Home
Skip Heller is back with a new trio, blending elements of bluegrass, country, Philly soul, and rockabilly. Probably his best album to date, THE LONG WAY HOME will come as no shock to the people who noticed his last few jazz albums contained compositions by Hazel Dickens, John Hartford, Carter Stanley, Johnny Paycheck, and Charlie Rich. Here's the Skip Heller who learned how to play guitar by strumming along with Willie Nelson and John Hartford while 'Me & Mrs Jones' blared from the AM. This is the Skip Heller who Time Out New York called 'a droll, insightful songwriter', but also the Skip Heller ALLABOUTJAZZ called 'abundantly talented and musically pantheistic'. Or, as Skip says,'Woody Allen once said that every filmmaker eventually gets around to making the films he liked as a kid. Well, the records I liked as a kid were Willie Nelson's THE SOUND IN YOUR MIND, BEST OF THE BEST OF MERLE HAGGARD, and all the Dolly Parton records on RCA up to NEW HARVEST, FIRST GATHERING. So I kinda made that type of record.'