Trigger Hippy, a powerful soul-infused rock and roll band founded by drummer Steve Gorman (also a founding member of The Black Crowes) will release their self-titled debut album via Rounder Records. Guitar World premiered the track “Rise Up Singing” earlier this year. The band includes dual lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, who also plays guitar and keyboards. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac, who co-produced the record with the band, and bassist Nick Govrik.
Trigger Hippy offers 11 tracks of propulsive rock, gritty blues, heart-searing soul, and rich vocal harmonies steeped in roots music. "Rise Up Singing," the lead track and first single, recalls the joy and intensity of a revival tent meeting. All songs were written either by an individual member or collectively as a band, who draw much of their musical inspiration “…from the members’ shared love of R&B and soul—lots of Al Green and Stax, some old blues covers and a little bit of Led Zeppelin and Little Feat thrown in for good measure,” as described by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Each member of this well-credentialed band brings his or her own styles and influences into the mix. Osborne is a frequent collaborator playing with artists like Bob Dylan, The Funk Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends and has also toured as the lead vocalist for The Dead. Greene has a successful solo career with seven albums released, and has also played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes. In addition to playing drums for the Crowes, Gorman is the host of “Steve Gorman Sports!” a daily sports and music talk show broadcast nationally to over 150 stations via Fox Sports Radio. Bukovac is one of the most sought-after session players in Nashville and has been honored with the Session Guitarist Of The Year Award from Music Row for five consecutive years. Gorman’s long time music association with Govrik (Mike Farris, Highwater) sparked the idea of Trigger Hippy as Gorman recently told The Boston Globe, “ I’ve been saying, really, from the first time I played with Nick — I’ve got to do something with this guy….we’ve really clicked as musicians. And he’s a great writer, so we knew we had the beginnings of an idea of what the band could be.”
"Sure, you can see this as a 'player's band,' but it really is a band, in the true sense of that word," explains Gorman. "We don't see this simply as a project. It's vital that Trigger Hippy be a real communal effort that feels good to all of us." Osborne adds, "Steve is not a person who thinks small. He kind of said, 'Well, who would I get if I could get everybody I wanted?' and went for it. We all have very complementary strengths."
Trigger Hippy is currently touring in support of their self-titled record.