Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands: Cody's Dream
Inspired by a solitary trip through the South without a working car
radio and only his own thoughts to keep him company, Mark Pickerel’s
second album for Bloodshot, Cody’s Dream, is a Steinbeckian odyssey
through modern America; a tale of throughways and the characters that
occupy them. The result: Thirteen dusty gems flirting with the static-y
ghosts of Motown, Tin Pan Alley, classic pop, and soul; dancing across
the radio spectrum like a trail of mileposts in the rearview.
Cody’s Dream sees Mark once again back to work with legendary producer Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Screaming Trees, Wedding Present), and a crack team of Northwest music all-star players, including guitarist Johnny Sangster (whose production credits include Mudhoney, The Fucking Eagles, The Briefs), Jim Sangster on bass (Young Fresh Fellows), and drummer Michael Musburger (Supersuckers, Fastbacks, Posies). Other VIPs include Texan guitar slinger Ian Moore and cellist Barb Hunter (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers).
With Mark, it’s about THE VOICE—a sly baritone equally inviting and troubling but as-cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow: a verbal reincarnation of Lee Marvin. Warm whiskey breath on a cold winter’s night.
Cody’s Dream is a bold addition to Mark’s impressive canon of work: elegies and testimonials of the places for restless souls and the roads that take them there. So turn the key and head out into the wilderness. You’re not alone.
(From Bloodshot Records)