1. Out And About #
  2. Your Luck Will Find You %+
  3. Happy Man
  4. Do It Now
  5. Jam
  6. Wrong Numbers
  7. Between Rhythm And Blues #
  8. Mrs. Hippy
  9. Stumble Through The Desert
  10. Fuzzy *
  11. These Are The Days #
  12. Learning To Live
  13. Long Lists $*
  14. That's Who I Am

HANK SHIZZOE – vocals, guitars, bouzouki, lap steel, ukulele
OLI HARTUNG – guitars
MICHEL POFFET – upright bass
CHRISTOPH BECK – drums, percussion

Special Guests:
POLO HOFER – vocals °
KUNO LAUENER – vocals +
PINK PEDRAZZI – vocals #
HANERY AMMAN – piano $
MARKUS FLUECKIGER – Schwyzer Örgeli %

Licensed from SoundService, CH

When Hank Shizzoe's debut album 'Low Budget' was released in September 1994, the music world was turned upside down. Almost never before music critics were fooled so clearly by a faked biography. “Hank was born on Hawaii,” they were told. “He did research on bagpipes in the Scottish highlands … before making himself at home in Switzerland where the chocolate's tasty and the cost of living's high.” Back to truth.

Today, Hank and his biography are well-known. 'Low Budget' was followed by 'Walk' (1996), 'Plenty Of Time' (1998), 'Hank Shizzoe' (2001) and 'In Concert' (2003), a 2-CD live set featuring slide guitar meister Sonny Landreth from Louisiana . Hank was originally influenced by Ry Cooder, J.J. Cale, Keith Richards, Mark Knopfler, and Billy Gibbons. During the course of the past ten years, he has developed his own trademark style and a special love for the sounds of lap steel guitars. “Out And About” does homage to steel and slide guitar techniques in perfection. Fourteen new songs, all originals – you'll find the whole spectrum, from mighty rockers to mourning and soulful ballads, and everything in-between. The recording is awesome, the performance outstanding. By way of concept and music, “Out And About” can be compared with his '98 release.

Hank's band, Loose Gravel has been augmented by Oli Hartung and is now called The Directors. An incredible list of first-rate players and vocalists from Switzerland are rounding off the album.

Hank Shizzoe and his band have played more than 500 shows in Europe and the U.S.A. , also supporting ZZ Top, Luther Allison, Robben Ford, David Lindley, und Charlie Musselwhite, a.m.o.. In June 2000 Hank hosted the workshop at the 'Singer-Songwriter Festival Frutigen' and performed with David Lindley and Sonny Landreth. In 1998 he played a show with Ali Farka Touré & ASCO from Mali at Basle 's renowned World Music Festival.

Reviews CCD 12009

Hank Shizzoe's must be regarded the best non-American roots/rock/songwriter and guitar stylist. And even if he would be from the Promised Land, he would rank amongst the very best.”

Rolling Stone Magazine (German edition)

The recording is excellent and the musicianship is first rate throughout (…) If you like Ry Cooder, J.J. Cale, and Mark Knopfler then you’ll enjoy this varied and excellent album with it’s soulful ballads and mighty rockers and everything in-between. It’s a little cracker.

Blues Matters
September 2005
Dave Drury