Abandon Jalopy is the solo project of Brad Smith, who is also the bass player for Blind Melon. The first Abandon Jalopy album was Mercy
, which was released in 2001 and dealt with coming to terms with the 1995 death of Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon. Death & Joy
was the next Abandon Jalopy release. "The songs became more concise," Smith says. "They became more about family and love, and the end of our times - where does that leave us and how does that stimulate us as a population, as humans? How do we deal with that?"
Performing on the album are Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn
of Blind Melon, and also Shannon's Hoon's daughter Nico, who contributes backing vocals. (Here's our full interview with Brad Smith