I have been pleased to get to know Joe Pickering Jr., who is a Red Sox fan and songwriter. He has put together his third CD, which he recently sent to me. It's called "Baseball Songs: Sports Heroes 2." Joe, along with singer/producer Phil Coley, Danny Mack and Ray Sanders have recorded another fine collection of songs, mostly about their love of the game of baseball, and on a variety of subjects.
It's not just about the Red Sox. Joe and Phil do their homework, and sing songs about such baseball greats as Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. They also do their take on Cubs, Mets, Phillies, Yankees, and of course, Red Sox fans. (I will admit some bias here. They recorded a song called "The Bravest Red Sox Fans," and I am quoted in the liner notes about it. Thanks guys.)
But Joe and Phil also sing about some more "obscure" baseball subjects, such as the late, great early 20th century Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty, who's death to this day still remains one of baseball's greatest mysteries. And they also pay homage to Eddie Feigner, the man who was "The King" in the legendary softball team "The King and His Court." And they open the CD with a nice tribute to Buck O'Neil, the late, great gentleman who was denied the Hall of Fame shortly before his death last year.
The Red Sox players are not forgotten, as they crafted fine songs about the late Tony Conigliaro, and even about the two Japanese imports, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima. The CD concludes with some nice tributes to Vietnam and World War II veterans, "We Honor You!" and "If This Rifle Could Talk."
"Baseball Songs: Sports Heroes 2" has a definite country and folk feel to it. Joe, Phil, Danny and Ray can be proud of the CD they have put together. They clearly have a great love of America's pasttime, and I am proud to support them. If you'd like to know more about the CD, please check out their web site: http://www.kingoftheroadmusic.com/.
Good luck with the CD guys!