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Tracklist:
  1. Bad Gravity Day
  2. Do What I Can
  3. Keep Walkin'
  4. Minimum Wager
  5. One Meatball
  6. Can't Hang Up
  7. Barefoot John
  8. A Prayer For the Living
  9. Down Easy
  10. Now Is the Hour

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Chuck McCabe "Bad Gravity Day"
Abituato fin da piccolo a spostarsi spesso, per il lavoro dei suoi genitori, Chuck McCabe ha avuto modo di vedere e conoscere il mondo in tutte le sue forme e le sue abitudini, sia negli USA che per mezzo mondo. Da attento e sensibile osservatore ha messo le sue impressioni nella sua musica e nelle sue canzoni, attente al mondo dei piccoli uomini e alle problematiche sociali. Anche se da tanti anni sulla scena, Chuck ha inciso solo due dischi e quest'ultimo lo porta di diritto fra i più interessanti folk-singer del panorama odierno. Grazie anche all'aiuto di numerosi ospiti come Maria Muldar, Alice Stuart e Freebo. Bad Gravity Day è un disco che convince per quella giusta mistura di folk, blues, suoni d'annata e ballad di qualità tra canzoni originali ma che si rifanno alla tradizione come Can't Hang Up o Do What I Can o una delle qualsiasi tracce che completano l'album.

- Roberto Menabo, Bluestime Online

Rambles Review
Everyone's had a Bad Gravity Day, one of those days where the weight of the air is too much and getting through life puts entirely too much pressure on tired bones and an even more exhausted mind. Happily, Chuck McCabe survived his, to create this album for all those still trapped in that gravity well.

The title song itself hits too close to that old feeling. Heavy, slow, plodding and lightened only by the dark humor of an emphatic tuba, "Bad Gravity Day" perfectly captures the kind of day that leaves you too tired to be depressed. This is a song to put the plod in your walk and unify travelers half sleeping through an early-morning commute. The mood becomes more forgiving with "Do What I Can," a lament for a life mostly squandered. The regret is offset both by the gentle, folk-country tune and the final insistence that he'd live his life the same over again.

Though Bad Gravity Day spends most of its time in appropriately heavy waters, it ventures into more upbeat music with the energetic, persistent "Keep Walking" and the lighter, harmonica-infused "Can't Hang Up." Whether it's a bubble frail moment of reminiscence or the eager self-destruction of a doomed romance, McCabe proves he can write a mood into verse with raw honesty.

But those writing talents soar when he handles a story. "Minimum Wager" is always going to be familiar to far too many people. The mind-crushing life of those just above the bottom is rarely given such a poetic examination, but from the moment the song's first star changes "out of her hamburger red, getting into her fried chicken blue," McCabe shows the human face of the working poor in uncomfortable detail. Despite its obvious social commentary, "Minimum Wager" isn't a political song, just a tale of observation, and that lack of a strident message gives it a more lingering sting. "Barefoot John" seems like he must have slipped off that bottom rung of the ladder. Begging his way around town to the background of some appropriate hobo blues, John achieves fame and welcome only after he's gone. Anyone with a locally famous street liver already knows something of John, but McCabe allows for more detail in his story.

"Barefoot John" provides a welcome transition from the somber determination of "Minimum Wager" to the jaunty, almost nostalgic song of the five-cent "One Meatball." The cause of the impoverished diner's bare pockets is never explained, and the presence of the accommodating diner seems almost magical now. As human as they are, the stories of poverty on Bad Gravity Day always hold something of the legend about them, from the unthinking sacrifice of "Minimum Wager" to the thoughtful acceptance of "Barefoot John." These three songs become the sagas of heroes on an album dedicated to the harder moments of life.

Bad Gravity Day ends with an attempt to lighten the weight of the world. The cheerful sinner's confession "Down Easy" has much of the smooth bounce heard in "One Meatball" and makes even he worst ending seem softer. "Now is the Hour" is a plainly Hawaiian instrumental. An oddly delicate tune for this heavy album, it whispers of brighter times to come. McCabe does promise his next album will be more cheerful, nothing but happy songs. Bad Gravity Day may be his exploration of trouble and woe, but those who like good storytelling and a touch of blues in their folk will find it puts a smile on their face all the same.

- Sarah Meador, www.rambles.net

Splendid E-zine review
It's becoming increasingly difficult to find country music that doesn't reek of Hollywood gloss or attempt to ride the wave of the alt-country phenomenon. Chuck McCabe is an exception: he refuses to follow any of the slick trends that rob the genre of its charm. How dare he? What McCabe does do is blend styles -- and very well, at that. Bad Gravity Day is a hybrid of country, jazz, blues and Americana, the same kind of fusion you'll encounter on a Los Lobos or Lyle Lovett release. The opener, "Bad Gravity Day", exemplifies the content: McCabe sets his smoky, Kenny Rogers-like croon to jazzy, rubato acoustic strumming and a kitchen-sink ensemble. Banjo melodies, tuba bass lines and steel guitar washes create a mysterious yet natural tapestry. "Do What I Can" offers an immediate shift; it's a ballad, reminiscent of any number of the greats (George Jones, Dolly, Johnny Cash) in both musicianship and storytelling.The kids at Tower Records will most likely tuck Bad Gravity Day away in the country bin. However, those who've ignored the genre's last decade because of Shania and Garth will be relieved to learn that there's still substance in them thar hills.
- Dave Madden

Geekamerica.com (dude, where's my review?) Chuck McCabe is really stoked that photoshop was invented so that hecould have pictures of himself in his Hawaiian shirt next to his acoustic guitar that's warped and bent all over the place. Dude kinda looks like Huell Howser, only without the awesome TV show.

Grade: F

- (CS)

Music Dish Review
Sometimes it's good to try new things. Sometimes it's smart to stick with what you know. Then there are those times when one should mix things up a bit. Not too much of he new, and not too much of the same old. That's kind of what Chuck McCabe does with this album. He gives his listeners a little taste from the best of both worlds, without straying too far in either direction.

Mixing his infectious contemporary blues style with the sweet and gentle beauty of folk music, McCabe presents his creation with the shine of a diamond. Bad Gravity Day is one of those albums that makes me want to tell everyone about it.

The music is a mixture of blues and folk, that simply sucks the listener into every song. There's nothing too complex about the style, but the music is so easy to get into that it's almost unreal. It music that is real and true. It's just too bad I don't get to hear more of it.

Chuck McCabe is armed with little more than an acoustic guitar throughout much of this album, but isn't afraid to pick up the tempo either. The songs are heartfelt and passionate, allowing almost anyone to easily relate to what Chuck is saying in each song. This is definitely an album worth writing about, and one that you shouldn't wait to check out if you're into this style of music. Truly refreshing!

The Run-down
  • Lyrics/Songwriting: Four Stars
  • Production Quality: Four Stars
  • Musicianship: Three Stars
  • Originality: Three Stars
  • Over All: Three Stars
By: Michael Allison, Associate Writer (Music Dish

Minor 7th Review
Singer/songwriter Chuck McCabe radiates goodness, honesty and decency like sunshine on a fishing pond. Oh sure, he disguises it with some nasty swamp rock in "Keep Walkin'," with the devilishly jazzy "One Meatball", and with his bluesy "Down Easy". Still, there's no mistaking his unwavering faith in a higher power that keeps him keeping on despite a lifetime filled with curveballs and screwballs. On "Bad Gravity Day", his second CD on BlahBlahWoofWoof, McCabe scopes out the current human condition and makes sense of it through various measures of humor, optimism and compassion. He creates a folk anthem with "Barefoot John", and a prayer for seeing the glass half full on "Do What I Can". McCabe's frank take on life in the country jukebox-ready "Minimum Wager", an ode to the working life, will wring your heart and tug your soul. Musically, he favors a '70s-ish comfortable country/folk/blues palette -- some of his session players virtually embody that era: Maria Muldaur, Gene Parsons, Freebo. Other sessionists bring McCabe's compositions into seamless

full bloom, often highlighting his considerable finger-picking talents. An agreeable voice, an agreeable guy, McCabe wears pretty easy. Still, stripped-down versions of some of these tracks may have made this a stronger collection.

- Fred Kraus

Untitled Review

Bad Gravity Day is musically sublime and rich in lyrical content; funny, sad, joyous and thoughtful in a way few releases are.

Chuck McCabe will enrich your life with his perceptive commentary in the form of a self-reflective prayer that tears open a world spinning out of control to reveal moments of genuine goodness. An ode to... and more importantly... for the downtrodden, opressed, put-upon, self-sacrificing "little people" who make up this world, this disc encourages and empowers as it entertains.

It's no wonder he won the Woody Guthrie song competition with "Minimum Wager" whose fast-food workers are the contemporary equivalent of the migrant laborers and deportees of an earlier age. "Barefoot John" is one of the best songs in any style I've heard in years... poignant, serious, funny and engaging it hurts and makes you feel good at the same time.

Some of the best music you're ever going to hear delivered from the heart, with soul. This is the real thing.

Chuck Foster, KPFK

Quotes About Bad Gravity Day

"Pick of the week" (3 times!) - Rich Warren, WFMT Chicago's, Midnight Special

"Just keep on writing that good music. Your latest cd is really a gem". - Roz and Howard Larman, Folkscene, KPFK

"Best release I've heard this year..." - Dave Stafford, KKUP




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