The “It’ll Shine When It Shines” effect

…which is named for the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ second album, which was released in 1974. But it could also be named for Wet Willie’s album of the same year, Keep on Smilin’. The albums, each with a random old person on the jacket, contained career peaks for the respective southern rock groups. The Daredevils had their biggest sales with “Jackie Blue” and the title track from the Wet Willie album was not only their highest-charting hit, it became a sort of signature tune for the group.

Recently, we have noticed some local records which are hoping for the same good fortune. All three albums by the Evening Rig seem to fall under the “It’ll Shine When It Shines” style, as does Erik Koskinen‘s excellent LP, American Theater. A third entry is Tabah‘s debut album, Symmetry Somewhere, which came out earlier this year.


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