Sings Like Hell

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Sings Like Hell
Studio album by Peter Case
Released 1993
Recorded Big Mono, Atwater, California
Genre Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Folk Rock
Length 42:03
Label Vanguard
Producer Marvin Etzioni
Peter Case chronology
Six-Pack of Love
Sings Like Hell
Torn Again

Sings Like Hell is an album by American singer-songwriter Peter Case, released in 1993.


The album was Case's first album on the Vanguard Records label after previously recording for the Geffen label. He had originally recorded and released the album on his own label before Vanguard took notice and re-issued it. Included are traditional songs and some of Case's own personal favorites. Case suffered from depression after being released by Geffen, but was pleased with Vanguard. “Vanguard takes on artists they believe in and lets them do what they need to do,” says Case. “That’s what they did in the ’60s — that’s what they’re famous for — and they’re living up to that legacy. That’s so alien to the big-time record industry, in my experience.”[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Music critic Denise Sullivan of Allmusic called the album "The perfect introduction to traditional American music for rock fans; folk and blues fans will also appreciate the richness in Case's delivery. His reading of "Lakes of Pontchartrain" is one for the books."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Broke Down Engine" (Traditional, Johnny Winter) – 3:09
  2. "Roving Gambler" (Traditional) – 3:41
  3. "So Glad You're Mine" (Arthur Crudup) – 2:54
  4. "Lakes of Ponchartrain" (Traditional) – 5:17
  5. "Walkin' Bum" (Hank Mills) – 4:21
  6. "How 'Bout You" (Jesse Winchester) – 3:14
  7. "Match Box Blues" (Blind Lemon Jefferson, Albert King) – 2:56
  8. "Rose Conolly" (Traditional) – 2:20
  9. "Down in the Alley" (Traditional, Minnie McCoy) – 2:48
  10. "Waltz of the Angels" (Reynolds, Reynolds, Rhodes, Rhodes) – 2:40
  11. "Well Runs Dry" (Traditional) – 3:33
  12. "North Coast Blues" (Peter Case) – 2:55
  13. "Down the Line" (John Mayall, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips) – 2:15


  • Peter Case – vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
  • Michael Bannister – drums
  • Don Heffington – drums
  • Tammy Rogers– violin
  • Tony Marsico – bass
  • Marvin Etzioni – mandolin

Production notes:

  • Marvin Etzioni – producer
  • David Vaught – engineer
  • Jeff Zaraya – mastering


  1. ^ Townsend, Bob (March–April 1998). "Street Legal". No Depression. 
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Denise. "Sings Like Hell > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 22, 2011.