About the Record

Life has a funny way of repeating itself.  Such is the case with Gimme More Time, the new album from Screamin’ John Hawkins and TD Lind.  Twenty years ago, Hawkins and Lind were bandmates in the rock band, Edenstreet.  Signed to a major label contract the band moved to Los Angeles primed to make their mark on the music world.  As luck would have it, their label was sold and the group broke up.  Hawkins and Lind, along with bassist Jeff Crane and drummer Paul Culligan went their separate ways after the disbandment.

Fast forward twenty years and the four former mates reunited to record a blues record (with the addition of harmonica player Joel Pinkerton).  Gimme More Time was recorded at La La Land Studios in Louisville, Kentucky over the course of 3 days.  That’s 3 days from walking into the studio to mixing and mastering.  You hear stories of groups going into the studio and taking weeks, sometimes months to finish an album.  These guys laid down 10 tracks that weekend including 4 originals that were written, scored and recorded in one afternoon.

Hawkins describes the record as “old school Chicago blues mixed with British sensibilities”.  The song list includes tunes from the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, and Jimmy Rogers. Also included is a heartfelt homage to fellow Louisvillian Steve Ferguson (one of the founders of NRBQ) with the inclusion of his “Hot Walker Blues” and “Dutchess County Jail” (which Ferguson recorded with fellow NRBQ member Terry Adams).  The four originals, which easily match up to the other songs, are just icing on the cake.

When first approached about doing the album, Screamin’ John wasn’t that into it.  In fact, it took him a couple months to warm up to the idea.  He didn’t like the idea of a record by a lead guitarist who didn’t sing.  After thinking things over, Hawkins agreed to do the recording with one caveat.  He had to bring in TD Lind to do the vocals.  Crane, Culligan and Pinkerton were brought on board and the gig was on.

And what a gig it is.  This isn’t your Mama’s blues.  Heck, it’s not even your older brother’s blues.  It’s blues for the modern era.



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