Diary of a Demented Store Owner
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Mikey's Music Pick of the Month
If you've been in the store and have seen the battle that goes on between Mikey and Pat for the volume control on the stereo you now know that we have definitive proof that Pat is much much older than Mikey. Yes, music can be distracting at times, and no, that's not a bad thing. Music should affect you, and good music (which is only what we play) should deeply affect you. Mikey's latest discovery is the latest (I hate the term CD- truly good sounding music is analogue) from Ramblin' Jack Elliott, called A Stranger Here. Working with producer Joe Henry (Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint), the 77 year old Elliott sings and plays acoustic guitar, and is backed by a stellar collection of musicians handpicked by Henry, among them Van Dyke Parks and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos).
Revered for his interpretive take on traditional American music, on A Stranger Here, Elliott steps out of the country/folk arena that has shaped his legend, 50+ years in the making. Haunting and evocative landscapes crafted by Henry construct a mood that is enhanced by Elliott's world-scarred voice. Together, musician and producer examine a carefully selected number of pre-WWII blues songs in a wholly unique way.,
Procured from mymusic.com, now in heavy rotation at FIG...