AJ Croce's That's Me in the Bar reviewed in No Depression

This disc is a treasure.  Someone sent me  “Fit To Serve”  in 1998 to review and this listener was ‘hooked’ from the git’ go, it was that compelling.  Here was this singer songwriter who I said in my review, at that time, “(he either wrote or co-wrote 11 of the 13 tunes on this disc) that combine intelligent lyrics with strong rhythmic music; one can feel the strong influence of the New Orleans piano masters, such as Professor Longhair, and Dr. John in his compositions.”  If you listen today to the new music he is putting out the same music but you can hear Ray Charles and more jazz piano. The playing is still beyond compare, however he has aged, matured, and grown into his great licks and now plays them with a wisdom and maturity.  This disc was originally released in 1995 and is basically the same disc as was released then, except that it has been completely re-mastered and there is a previously unreleased bonus track recorded a couple of years earlier featuring Flea.

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