Pickin' Like Thieves: Bluegrass Interpretations of INXS

by The Hitmaker + Hayward & Friends

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Pickin’ Like Thieves (a play on the title of INXS’s breakthrough album Listen Like Thieves) is comprised of four INXS songs performed in bluegrass style. The core of the ensemble is the Chicago-based bluegrass outfit Hayward, along with special guest stars Dan Fuchs (on dobro) and Scott Robbin (backing vocals).
“This is not a novelty record,” says producer The Hitmaker. “The songs themselves are strong enough that they really shine when performed in a different style with fresh arrangements. This change of musical setting really show the quality of the songwriting.”
From the gentle, airy take on "Beautiful Girl" to the burnin' version of "Not Enough Time," these versions shed new light on the compositions, creating some serious foot-stomping bluegrass pop.
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released May 1, 2012

Producer: The Hitmaker
Mandolin: Chris Lozier
Dobro: Dan Fuchs
Bass: Mike Simons
Banjo: Brian Black
Fiddle: Jen Medina
Guitar: Jon Sherman, Nicholas Markos
Vocals: Nicholas Markos, Kristine Penn, Heather Simons, Mike Simons, Scott Robbin
Recording: Roger Hess at Tone Zone, Chicago
Vocal Recording by The Hitmaker at The Hitquarters, Chicago
Mastering: Marcos Sueiro at Masterdisk, NYC
Graphic Design: Chris Posdal

“Beautiful Girl” written by Andrew Farriss.
“Not Enough Time” and “New Sensation” written by Andrew Farrisss and Michael Hutchence.
“Listen Like Thieves” written by Andrew Farriss, Jon Farriss, Tim Ferriss, Garry Beers, and Michael Hutchence.
All titles published by Artemis Muziekuitgeverij B.V.

Thanks to the following people: The Hayward gang and their families, Dan Fuchs & Chelsea, SRobbin & Julia Lind, LP Scott, Christopher Markos, Timothy Powell & Metro Mobile Recording, Roger Hess & Tone Zone, Biche & Stella, Georgia Markos, Team Final Notch, JonT Tatooles & Sound Devices, Amelia Brown & Family, Marcos Sueiro & Lorna Thorpe & Daniela, Nick Miller, Matthew Monkey Payne, Tony Bianchi, beehead, KevBo & Stratanet, BA & Wacky, The Chancellor & Sputnik, Matthew Monkey Payne, The Moms, Todd Sucherman & Taylor Mills, and everyone else on Team Hitmaker for helping make this happen.

My very special thanks to the members of Hayward and Dan Fuchs for their time, talent, and enthusiasm--thank you for indulging me on this idea and making it happen.
Chris, thanks for the beautiful artwork.
LP, thank you for being patient and encouraging.
SRobbin, thanks for always being up for anything and being a catalyst.
Simo, thank you for the encouragement and your positive vibration, always.

Love, baby, love.



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