Ike Reilly‘s a tremendously talented singer and songwriter. I first became aware of his talent when I got Cracker‘s great Countrysides record — my favorite track, by far was “Duty Free” — when I read the liners, I realized I had to check this Ike Reilly guy out, so I picked up his first record, Salesmen & Racists, almost immediately — and wasn’t let down (though I was confused by how “Duty Free” seemed to have a whole new set of lyrics, but more on that later). Ike’s new record is the outstanding Hard Luck Stories, which just came out on CD last February. Kittysneezes is lucky to have Ike sit down with us and talk about his new album, comedy, and the middle name “Ray”. Continue reading →
I’ve been listening to the digital version of Ike Reilly’s new album Hard Luck Stories for a while now, and I’ve been really digging it; and it turns out there’s going to be a real, physical version with a couple bonus tracks — so that’s pretty cool. (See, I got the download from a promoter for free — so I might just go and end up buying the real one when it comes out February.) I’d been at least a casual fan of Ike’s since first discovering Cracker’s cover of “Duty Free” from their incredibly underrated record Countrysides; I loved their version, so I picked up Ike’s first record, Salesmen & Racists to see how the original was. And it was pretty good.