Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New guitar album of the week: Jack Rose's Luck In The Valley

It's sad when artists gain some notoriety only after they die. I'm not sure if this is the case of Jack Rose, but I can say his name appears more often after his sad passing on December 5th, 2009.

From Jack Rose, something that always caught my attention was the authenticity and honesty of his sound. He was known to record "live" in the studio, with no overdubbings or artificial embelishments. I've also read many of his tracks are first takes. The result is very gratifying for music and guitar lovers.

Here is a video featuring some of his playing:

I think it's safe to say he was a guitar player who created instant converts, me being one of them. This February 23rd is the release of his last album: Luck in the Valley

From the official description:

"Luck in the Valley is the 10th album from Jack Rose. The album continues the exploration of pre-war American music with a set of brand new material featuring The Black Twig Pickers, Glenn Jones, Harmonica Dan and Hans Chew along with a handful of solo pieces. This recording set out to capture the energy and feel of the classic three-track shack recordings by the Wray Brothers & Mordicai Jones. Luck in the Valley was written and recorded over a period of 9 months and finds Rose employing new themes and techniques."

For more on Jack Rose, click here.

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