Pirates Of The Mississippi: Bill McCorvey (guitar, vocals), Richard Alves (guitar, background vocals), Pat Severs (steel guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar, background vocals), Dean Townson (bass, background vocals), Jimmy Lowe (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: John Kelton (strings).
Recorded at Studio 19, Nashville, Tennessee.
Personnel: Bill McCorvey (vocals, guitar); Rich Alves (guitar, background vocals); Pat Severs (acoustic guitar, steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro, organ, background vocals); John Kelton (synthesizer); Jimmy Lowe (drums, background vocals); Dean Townson (background vocals).
Recording information: Studio 19, Nashville, TN.
Unknown Contributor Role: Pat Severs.
"Street Man Named Desire" may not be the most clear-cut metaphor given the phrase's origins, but if you're going to make literary allusions, you can do worse than Tennessee Williams. While that's the title tune, the Allman and Doobie Brothers influences in the instrumental "Mystery Ship" tell more about the band -- namely, that they're a tamed biker band. The Pirates are good-natured renegades, but they never take the image too far. So "Mississippi Homegrown" is about music, not marijuana (and contains another Williams reference), "The Hard Side of Love" only hints at the Southern boogie the guys might have in them, and "All Your Eyes Can See" is a tender love song for the ladies. Powerful in spots, the album is pedestrian in others. ~ Brian Mansfield