Peter Gammons

Never Slow Down, Never Grow Old | Rounder
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 27, 2006
3.5 3.5 Stars
What, you thought this would be just another dilettante vanity project, an excuse for the unofficial commish to clown around in the studio with some of his favorite Red Sox and bash out a few classic-rock chestnuts? Well, it is. But as these things go, it’s at the top of its game. Gammons has a hell of a voice, and he plays a fine guitar, charging through the chunky double stops of Chuck Berry’s “Carol” and “Promised Land” as if it were nothing at all. The covers are perfect — a slow-burning take on Warren Zevon’s “Model Citizen” with assorted Red Sox backing him up, a version of Alvin Crow’s “Nyquil Blues” that sounds straight out of the Dallas honky-tonk where Gammo first heard it while drinking beers with Pudge Fisk in 1976 — but the revelation is that a Hall of Famer who probably knows more about the game than anyone else in the world still has time to be a not-half-bad songwriter; “She Fell from Heaven” is a beaut. Bottom line: Peter Gammons should get well real soon so we can see him do this stuff live.
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