©2008 K Z Records
Review by Lucky Boyd
Hank Woji has no problem with, and is rather adept at, creating a fence.
Generally, you must come down on one side or the other of his subject
matter. However, if you are mature enough to set your politics aside, you’ll
find the timelessness in his songs, each transcending current events and
eventually becoming an anthem of life. Some of the best songs of our time
started as political statements, but over time have become less galvanizing
and have just become good songs. There’s a lot of that on this album.
Musically, the album is put together nicely, using an upbeat folk-rock
filter with a cast of accomplished pickers. Woji taps into the strength of
his MyTexasMusic membership mates to assemble a ‘who’s who’ of Houston-area
musicians. Woji’s delivery is passionate and crisp, even on the darkest of
his cuts, which is arguably “Yuletide Blues.” There’s a train-beat knee-slapper
included that still has a poignant message, a typical tongue-in-cheek Woji
composition. “Patriot Games” is reprised, and without a doubt, “Livin’ On
The Edge” is the album’s best cut, deep within from which Woji derives the
album’s title as he tells an all-too-often story, while getting a point
across as only Hank Woji can.
Produced by Hank Woji, 15 cuts, 10 written by Woji; Co-writes: Ronnie
Brandt, Dan L. Ford, Carly Sheehan; Covers: Brian Mullins, Martin Hoffman,
Woody Guthrie; Musicians and Vocalists: Jeff Duncan, Thomas Helton, Mike
Mizma, Anton Ullrich, Mark Zeus, Ken Gaines, Jack Saunders, Gary Sapone, T.C.
Smythe, Alan Huff, Yolandra Jones, Emily Dugas Bollinger, Kristen Jensen,
Glynace Eastham, Dodd Eastham, Aaron Inkrott; Engineering: Aaron Inkrott,
Jacob Meador, Haniel Trisna, Michael Mikulka; Mastering: Haniel Trisna;
tri-fold digi-pack, full-color, liner notes, 3-color disc, replicated;
Running time: approx 75 minutes