Tunnels and Pathways
Classified protege Chad Hatcher's catchy debut screams lazy summertime patios, tall drinks and fat smokes. Fans of Classified's Hitch Hikin' Music will recognize Hatcher's Common-smooth vocal style from "All About You." An easygoing, light mix of R&B, reggae, soul and hip-hop, Hatcher is completely comfortable as an acoustic guitarist---even the whistling "Get Your Head Straight" takes from Simon and Garfunkel's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)." There are three kitsch-free "Campfire Stories" about sharing abandoned dope plants, eating donairs alfresco and the cult of Penhorn Mall.
Sue Carter Flinn