A Good Week's Work
Bremner, known to most for his work in ROCKPILE (with Dave Edmunds,
Nick Lowe, and Terry Williams), has also made his mark as a sideman for
The Pretenders (playing lead on "Back on the Chain Gang" and "My City
Was Gone"), Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Little Richard,
Kirsty McCall, and many others. With "A Good Week's Work," he steps
back out front for a no-holds-barred effort featuring plenty of rock sprinkled
with some power pop -- the formula that made Rockpile a late '70s/early '80s
Recorded in early 1998 in northern Sweden (close to the Arctic Circle!), "A
Good Week's Work" was literally recorded and mixed in seven days -- a
tribute to Bremner's abilities as a guitar whiz and his strong rhythm section.
All 13 tracks are Bremner originals (many co-written with producer-writer
Don Morrell) that showcase what he does best: no-bull guitar-driven rock
delivered with heart and finesse.
Born and raised in Scotland, Bremner was noticed quickly for his guitar
prowess as the British pub-rock scene exploded in the '70s. His relationship
with Edmunds and Lowe resulted in a number of musical and songwriting
contributions to their solo albums but only the one "official" Rockpile album:
the now-legendary "Seconds of Pleasure" (CBS, 1980), which featured
Bremner on lead vocals on two cuts. After the group's demise, Bremner
recorded one release of his own, which barely saw the light of day, then
continued working as a much-in-demand sideman.
Billy spent nine years in Los Angeles before relocating to Nashville in the
early '90s, where he focused on writing and continued providing ace musical
backing to name artists. In the mid-'90s he moved to Sweden, where he has
been fronting The Refreshments, a popular rock outfit that has recorded two
CDs for BMG Sweden.
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