Mi­ami mo­ments with Pick­ett, Buck

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Travel & Life - By Ben Cran­dell SouthFlorida.com

A few weeks ago, South Flor­ida rock le­gend Char­lie Pick­ett re­leased “See You in Mi­ami,” his first stu­dio al­bum since 1988, when Pick­ett and R.E.M’s Pe­ter Buck pro­duced “The Wilder­ness.” That was when Char­lie Pick­ett and the Eggs’ raw and in­cen­di­ary live shows seemed des­tined to carry them to star­dom — just be­fore the va­garies of mu­si­cal trends cast the band aside, to be­come part of lo­cal mythol­ogy.

With Buck back on board for three songs, “See You in Mi­ami” (Y&T Mu­sic) is a re­mark­able, rol­lick­ing come­back for Pick­ett, an at­tor­ney in Boyn­ton Beach who can still be found per­form­ing in clubs around South Flor­ida from time to time.

Not merely a rekin­dling of the pas­sion he once felt, Pick­ett seems to be rag­ing anew on the thump­ing boo­gie of “Mi­ami In­ter­lude,” the vel­vety un­der­ground an­them “Tea­jay & Mindy” and “So Long Johnny,” a Pe­ter Buck-penned salute to “See You in Mi­ami” is a re­mark­able, rol­lick­ing come­back for Char­lie Pick­ett.

Pick­ett gui­tarist and friend Johnny Sal­ton, who strug­gled with drugs and other de­mons. Sal­ton died in 2010.

In Rolling Stone, mu­sic writer David Fricke once cel­e­brated Pick­ett and his band for forg­ing a “brawl­ing-roots mix of Johnny Thun­ders, Sun Records and trailer park Lou Reed in Flor­ida bars … That rat­tle 'n' smack now sounds rau­cously pre­scient.”

Still ahead of the curve, “See You in Mi­ami” does Pick­ett’s le­gend proud as an ex­tra­or­di­nary time cap­sule valu­able not just for the mem­ory of what South Flor­ida rock ‘n’ roll was ca­pa­ble of 30 years ago — but what it should be as­pir­ing to now.

In sep­a­rate con­ver­sa­tions, Pick­ett and Buck an­swered ques­tions about their friend­ship, the new record and the great Johnny Sal­ton.

What is it about your re­la­tion­ship that has al­lowed it to en­dure?

Buck: We were all part of the same kind of scene. We were pass­ing through some of the same clubs. I loved the band, and I re­ally loved Char­lie’s song­writ­ing. And we got to be friends. Then it was, I guess, like around 1986 that I pro­duced the record [“The Wilder­ness”], and I played on it a lit­tle bit. Over the years, we kept run­ning into each other. He’s in Mi­ami, which is some­place I’d pass


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