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Country music icon Pinto Bennett likes to say he has never owned a fancy cigar, but he has had several nice puffs. Although he isn’t a household name, his evocative songs and electrifying performances are legendary among fans from London to Nashville to Boise. Bennett has never stopped writing, dreaming and performing. Now he has returned to the studio one final time to make The Last Saturday Night, an album of original hard country sounds mixed with tender ballads and laced with Bennett’s unique humor. We hear songs from his perspective as an elder statesman of classic-country music who has lived the hard tales he sings.
Gently produced by drummer and DJ Jason Beek (Eilen Jewell, The Sacred Shakers), The Last Saturday Night features long-time friends and bandmates Jake Hoffman (pedal steel), Brett Dewey (mandolin, vocals), Dale Wilson (guitar), Bill Parsons (upright bass) and multi-instrumentalist and engineer Steve Fulton. Special guest Jerry “Cold-Blooded” Miller (Eilen Jewell, Bluestime, Billy Lee Riley) unleashes blistering guitar and his trademark atmospheric textures. Americana’s queen of the minor key Eilen Jewell also appears on backing vocals.
After seeing several intimate Pinto Bennett shows at Boise honky-tonk 44 Club (and eventually joining Bennett’s band), Beek approached Bennett about re-recording some of his popular songs with a production approach that reflected his sound today. Pinto’s first response was, “Aren’t there any young people that want to make a record?” Beek said he wanted to make a Pinto Bennett record. Bennett replied, “Hell man, I’ve got drawers full of new songs. I already done recorded those old ones. Let’s do the new ones!”