Steve Turner

Steve Turner and His Bad Ideas

Nirvana-era Seattle band Mudhoney wasn’t particularly known as a country outfit, even if it (later) did record with Lubbock, Texas, icon Jimmie Dale Gilmore. This second solo album from Mudhoney guitarist Steve Turner ain’t exactly Buck Owens and Merle Haggard; it’s more like a shambling midnight run up the Feather River canyon in a 1964 Dodge pickup with a camper shell, blasting old Moby Grape and Gram Parsons tapes. Turner packs 13 songs into a half hour of music—11 originals and two covers: Hoyt Axton’s “Greenback Dollar” and Muddy Waters’ “Someday Baby,” the latter one of two duets with Holly Golightly. Coolest are a ragged psychedelic instrumental, “Chalkie’s on a Bummer,” and the nifty tune “I-5 Corridor.” But the whole disc has a nice, tossed-off charm. In his post-Mudhoney career, Turner’s two for two.