Pickin’ Up Trash
Artist: Tom Trashmouth Baker and the Dave Hays Band
Label: Blue Jewel
Number of Tracks: 5
Review by Craig Whittington
Five songs, three by Tom, one by Dave and a cover of Stranger’s Blues. Longer than a single, shorter than an album. The first tune is a twisted tale of Tom’s double entendre troubles in The Produce Section of his local grocery store. Just Pass Me By slows the tempo to allow time for hearts to break. Michelle Hawkins duets with Tom and Jim Belsman adds piano. Next is Dave’s original Wait For The Rain To Stop. The band uses some vocal harmony and it’s a nice version. The last song is Tech Wreck and has Tom trash talking technology’s hold on us. My fav guitar lead of the EP happens here. Tom, of course, is playing a part, but don’t overlook how well Dave, Paul and Danny played their parts supporting him. I know that is a corny sentence, but it is sincere. I could have made my point another way and deleted the thing, but where’s the fun in that?
So what I’m saying is that Pickin’ Up Trash is a nice little collection of tunes and the human condition. If you see Tom by the side of the road, don’t even slow down. The boys will be by and get him after a while.