Picks and Pans Review: Coming Home

updated 03/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/16/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers

Bruce Springsteen followers may be heartened by this offering from one of his disciples, Pittsburgh's own working-class hero Joe Grushecky, who, along with his band, has been putting out albums and performing, sometimes with Springsteen as a special guest, since 1979. Most of the gruff Grushecky's songs are downbeat tales of working stiffs in hard times and tough towns. Many of the tunes play like outtakes from Springsteen's Born to Run, including an odd song about a drifter arrested after the Oklahoma City bombing ("Cheap Motel") that was cowritten with Springsteen himself. While they don't lay out quite as lavish and lively a musical feast as the Boss's E-Streeters once did, the five Houserockers provide a good meat-and-potatoes blues-rock sound. (Viceroy Music)

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