Craig Elkins I Love You
Available everywhere Aug. 7
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Former HUFFAMOOSE( Interscope) front-man, Craig Elkins, has a lot to say and a lush Americana delivery on I Love You, his first true ‘solo release’ and a resounding return to irreverent, classic form. With Counting Crowe Dave Immergluck on guitar, bandmate Charlie Gillingham on keyboards and Elvis Costello drummer, Pete Thomas, in the folksy mix, I Love You finds Elkins hitting old-school rock & roll pay dirt with a little help from his friends.
If honesty is the best policy, Elkins may have cornered the market keeping things refreshingly real on everything from middle-age to suicide to what a drag it is being a human being who “Can’t Stop Being A Dick”.
"Genius? Hell if I know. I only know that if you give only one odd album a chance this year, let this be the one."--Rock and Reprise
"...You'll probably never hear a disc like Craig Elkins' I Love You for quite some time. After all there aren't many songwriters who open an album by confessing, "I've been thinking about offing myself," and close it out with "Being a f--ing human can be a really big f--ng drag." And so it begins. The crazy spiral journey into the mind of one of America's most criminally underrated songwriters...."--Absolute Punk
"I Love You (is) a funny, odd, and quirky album that works its way up to being put on repeat. Fans of indie folk/country and those with an open mind and open ear would benefit from picking up the record...I Love You is a well crafted piece of quirky ingenuity."--The Grateful Web
"I doubt that such experiences happen much anymore, but if they do, I hope Elkins and this album are there to give the young music freak that little push which opens up that young head. He is that good...Will Elkins survive the digital revolution? I believe he will. He has a musical vision beyond the norm and won’t lose it any time soon."--Bob Segarini blog
“Songs that have a subtle addictive quality if you allow them into your head. Craig Elkins is individualistic enough to stand out and get some attention. Indeed the jaunty rhythm of Tumbleweeds wouldn't sound amiss on the more selective radio shows that allow the more creative music some exposure.”--Lonesome Highway
"You know when you listen to the first line of an album and you KNOW you’re gonna love the whole thing?...Elkins’ lyrics are funny (“I’d be burned at the stake like some chubby Joan of Arc”), insightful and at the very least uncliched. There’s a (small) touch of Mark Everett about Elkins’ gravelly tenor voice and songwriting and if you like the grating honesty of Eels you’ll love this."--Americana UK 8/10
"This is nice, rootsy kinda pop...best song title: “I can’t stop being a dick.” --Dagger Zine
“Craig Elkins' story is a familiar one in the new music universe. Elkins was a founding member of the band Huffamoose, which played the main stage at Woodstock in 1994, got signed to Interscope Records, cracked Billboard's charts, played on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and garnered some effusive praise from rock impresario and film director Cameron Crowe. But despite the impressive resume, Huffamoose folded. Elkins kept hacking away at songs without his band and found some success getting his music into film and television shows. Now, Elkins is back with a new record called "I Love You" - and it features quirky vocals with a hint of an Elvis Costello vibrato, swaggering groves and roadhouse piano that share space with intimate ballads and enough tongue-in-cheek lyrics to offset some earnestly twangy pedal steel. It's a satisfying musical experience, and although we're not sure why he left, we're happy Elkins is back. “--Independent’s Day Radio to hear full podcast: http://www.joearmstrong.com/ID/episode/41.html