This week’s Gotta Hear Song of The Week is a new take on an old classic, “Happiness Is Just Around The Bend” by guitarist Jeff Golub with the legendary keyboardist/singer Brian Auger. It’s on their monster of a new album, Train Keeps A Rolling, on eOne Music.
If you don’t know Jeff Golub’s name, you’ll likely know his work. A much in demand studio guitarist and touring musician, he’s worked with Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Tina Turner, Bill Evans and many others. Brian Auger, whose iconic organ playing is a cornerstone of British rock, jazz and R&B, and whose seminal ’70s jazz-rock band, Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express, was a crucial early influence upon Golub. Joining Golub and Auger on the album are three other Oblivion Express members – drummer Steve Ferrone, singer Alex Ligertwood and bassist Derek Frank — as well as percussionist Luis Conte and a stellar horn section comprised of Mindi Abair, Nick Lane, Steve Madaio and Dave Woodford. Also on the album is Christopher Cross, who sings on a cover of Ace’s 1970’s hit “How Long,” and Ambrosia frontman David Pack, who sings on the Police song “Walking on the Moon.” Other songs on the album include covers of Willie Dixon’s “I Love The Life I Live,” and “Pusherman” by Curtis Mayfield.
“Happiness Is Just Around The Bend” is Auger’s best known song and originally appeared on the 1973 jazz funk and soul classic Closer To It. It’s an indispensable recording and with Golub the song maintains all the grooves of the original but with Golub’s incendiary guitar playing. This Friday, August 23rd, Jeff Golub and Brian Auger will be playing WXPN’s Free At Noon. The show is free, however an RSVP is required here. Below, listen to the new version of “Happiness Is Just Around The Bend.”
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