Jeff Plankenhorn (from the SoulSlide) - Soul music is all around the insides of SoulSlide, the recent Jeff Plankenhorn release. The album does not slide as much as wade right into the deep end of Soul music, spreading it across the Blues and Rock that fills out the tracks. Plank is a musical chameleon, with his local status in Austin, Texas taking advantage of his talents in his own live performance as well as in his work with Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Eliza Gilkyson, and Slaid Cleaves. SoulSlide brings together three sides of Jeff Plankenhorn as he remembers the Soul and Funk music he heard growing up, the bluegrass studies that came as a result of time in Nashville, and the singer/songwriter traditions of Texas that grew in his music upon moving to Austin. Produced by Plank, Ross Hogarth (Keb’ Mo’, Ziggy Marley) and Miles Zuniga (Fastball), SoulSlide is a force that lays down a Rock strut for Ruthie Foster to share vocals on “Like Flowers”, connects the beat to your grooveline with the Funky inspirational advice of “Born to Win” and has Jeff partner up with Malford Milligan on Sam and Dave’s “You Got Me Hummin’”.
Jeff Plankenhorn builds SoulSlide up with his stand-up lap steel guitar, nicknamed The Plank tagging onto the name of the man pulling on the strings. Jeff designed the instrument to fulfill his vision, which he describes ‘My dream was to mix Sacred Steel influences like the Campbell Brothers or Robert Randolph with the Dobro stylings of Jerry Douglas or Uncle Josh Graves’. SoulSlide open its doors on the sound of Jeff Plankenhorn and The Plank as they wrestle demon sounds into salvation on “Lose My Mind”. Rock’n’Soul sweeps up the sound on “Dirty Floor” as if The Rolling Stones were swinging the broom as “Live Today” rides on the glory of Burrito Brothers Cosmic American music while “Vagabond Moonlight” shines on homeward bound gypsies and “Kansas City Nocturne” drifts off on a church basement piano as Jeff Plankenhorn’s Stand-up Sacred Steel hits the rafters.