5 April 1954, Buffalo, New York, USA. This Los Angeles, California-based folk rock singer-songwriter first worked as part of pop rock bands the Nerves (whose compositions included Hanging On The Telephone) and the Plimsouls. His solo career kicked off in 1986 with an album of stylistic diversity. Intelligent and considered, there was little in the songs to excite but plenty to provoke thought. With co-production from T-Bone Burnett (who also wrote some of the songs) and Mitchell Froom, this was a fine collection combining Cases plaintive delivery with intelligent lyrics. The best examples included Steel Strings, later covered by Marshall Crenshaw, and a cover version of the Pogues A Pair Of Brown Eyes, on which Roger McGuinn played guitar.
Cases 1989 follow-up mined a narrower seam. This time the assembled personnel included David Lindley, Jim Keltner and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos),...
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