Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Hell to Pay - The Jeff Healey Band (1990)

Released twenty years ago today was Hell to Pay, the second studio album by the Jeff Healey Band. Healey, of course, is remembered not just for being a hell of a guitar player, but also being one hell of a guitar player who happened to be blind. I must confess that this record came to my attention sometime in 1990 for one reason and one reason alone: its inclusion of a cover of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Learning of that, I quickly bought the record, and I dug it. But I've not thought about it in years and years and years. In fact, I did not learn until my preparations for this piece that Healey passed away in 2008 from cancer. Rest in Peace.