year I met Frank Hannon who gave me a copy of this album, originally released 4
years ago. Although the music is far removed from Metal, I reckoned it was worth
sharing my feelings on it…..
Best known for his guitar talents with hard rockers Tesla,
Frank Hannon here offers some insight into the depth and
versatility of his own musical interests. “Gypsy
Highway” can’t be more of a solo album: besides producing, Hannon plays almost
every instrument, be it flute, banjo, acoustic guitar, hand percussion
instruments, whatever......even lead vocals. All instruments are played fluently
and used opportunely to fit the theme and mood of
The music is
varied but it can securely be placed in the Country Rock category, with strong
hints of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and The Eagles but also The Beatles, early
Aerosmith and of course Tesla. Although the style is distinctly traditional, the
general quality of the songs still makes for a potentially rewarding listening
“Gypsy Highway” is autobiographical but it has themes and emotions we can all
relate to. For instance in the title-track Hannon is driving along a Californian
highway suppressing bitter experiences with the music he loves. Now haven’t we
all done that at some point in our lives? Hannon also proves to be an effective
multi-tasker when harmonising various instruments within a specific composition.
‘The Hills Of California’ is an excellent case in point.
No two songs
are alike in “Gypsy Highway”, nothing feels like a ‘filler’ and the material is
as honest as it can get. What more can one want?