East Side Guy
Celebrating 25 years of songwriting, EAST SIDE GUY features seven brand new songs from the fertile wit of Jym Mooney, plus another dozen songs from his previous, well-received recordings IT AIN’T A SIN TO GRIN, THE LINES ARE OPEN, and REAGAN TIME & OTHER LOVE SONGS FOR THE 80’S. The seven new songs featured on EAST SIDE GUY display the many facets of Mooney’s considerable songwriting talents. His keen eye for detail and hearty sense of fun run through “Murphy,” the tale of a “three-legged beer swillin’ hound" (which has been played multiple times on the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento radio show); “Molasses,” an ironic ballad of a 1916 industrial tragedy in Boston; and the jaunty title track, “East Side Guy.” Mooney turns to a more thoughtful mood with “Like A Moth To A Flame,” an examination of domestic violence. “When You Tried” explores anger, frustration, and ultimate understanding in the relationship between father and son. “I Have Come To Take My Boy Home,” while based on true incidents in the war in Chechnya, achieves a classic timelessness in its impassioned plea for peace. The list of new songs is rounded out by “Let’s Face The Facts,” a celebration of love and the redemption it can bring. Among the old favorites included on EAST SIDE GUY are the happy-go-lucky “Fool For You;” “Sarah Sings In The Opera Now;” “Katie’s Last Song;” “All The Dreams You Can Use;” and the holiday-flavored songs “Groundhog,” “When The Fat Man Comes,” “The Little Parade,” and (in a previously unreleased live recording) “Holidays.” Mooney has devoted much of the past twenty years to helping run The Coffee House, a volunteer organization that is Milwaukee’s longest-running folk music venue. The respect he has earned in the Milwaukee folk music community is reflected in the line-up of gifted musicians who back Mooney up on the CD, including Kevin Mulvenna, Lil’ Rev, David & Penny Fox, Sandy Stehling & Ruth Williams, Larry Penn, Patty Stevenson, Brett Kemnitz, Brennan Cornwell, Craig Siemsen, Fritz Schuler, Ray Kinney, and members of Frogwater and John The Conqueroo. Many of the songs feature exquisite harmony vocals by Mooney’s wife and longtime singing partner, Carol Lee Hopkins. Jym Mooney’s wry, witty, and thoughtful songs reveal a sharp ear for a well-turned phrase and a lively sense of melody, joyfully carried along by a lifelong love of the folk music tradition. EAST SIDE GUY is sure to delight and entertain anyone who enjoys their acoustic music leavened with a dose of good humor.
Songs: East Side Guy, Like a Moth To a Flame, Molasses, I Have Come To Take My Boy Home, Let’s Face The Facts, Murphy, When You Tried, Fool For You, The Little Parade, All The Dreams You Can Use, Groundhog, Katie’s Last Song, When The Fat Man Comes, Sandy Brown, Sarah Sings In The Opera Now, Dear Cindy, More Or Less The Lovesick Blues Again, Holidays, Song For Tusdy Jefferson
Produced by Jym Mooney & Jonathon Leubner. Buy this CD at CD Baby.