Jeff Plankenhorn (from the album Sleeping Dogs)
On the recent release Sleeping Dogs, Jeff Plankenhorn picks up guitars outside of the instrument he created, The Plank, to back his words. Jeff gave the musical back story explaining that ‘The Plank guitar came from me wanting to mix together the two worlds of bluegrass dobro and the sacred steel tradition, and my whole last album was dedicated to that one instrument — to get it out there. SoulSlide also really helped put me on the map as a solo artist, which is why I’ve moved on to focusing more on doing my own thing and only doing a side gig once in a while when I really want to, with people that I really respect. But now, with Sleeping Dogs, I wanted to take a bigger look at how the whole world of music is available to me; it’s not about just one guitar or sound, but rather about using all of the instruments I play and bringing all of my influences together — and about really wanting to bring my songwriting to the forefront’.
Offering a seat at the table, Jeff Plankenhorn scribes an invitation with the mantra “Love is Love” repeated as it puts matters of heart on the menu. Sleeping Dogs lights up a 1980’s Rock/Pop rock’n’roll beat proclaiming “I Don’t Know Anything” as it uses slide guitar to cut up “Piece of Cake”, lazily drifting on the rolling rhythms of lessons in “Heaven on Earth” and shaking as it uses flashing white lines under the wheels of “Homecoming” for its groove. Carving his name into A-list sideman status during his seventeen years in Austin (The Flatlanders, Ray Wylie Hubbard) Jeff Plankenhorn finds friends returning the favor on Sleeping Dogs as Ray Wylie (“Tooth and Nail”) and Patty Griffin (“Holy Lightning”) join in the creation of the album. Opening the album with the first cut advice of the title track, Sleeping Dogs quiets after a storm, gathering losses in the gentle string plucks of “Further to Fall” while Jeff Plankenhorn plays proud papa to the friend that he has brought to the world with “This Guitar”.
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