Lance Canales: The Blessing and the Curse (Music Road/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lance Canales: Sing No More
Lance Canales: The Blessing and the Curse (Music Road/Southbound)

In these dreadful days when we see desperate migrants on the nightly news and a US presidential candidate says he'd build a wall along the Mexican border, Lance Canales' raw version of Woody Guthrie's Deportee here (“We died in your hills, we died in your deserts . . . some of us are illegal and some are not wanted”) has a powerful resonance.

Especially as he names the Mexican victims of the plane crash which prompted Guthrie.

Canale's gravelly delivery, his roughed-up roots approach on these folk-blues songs of desperation, injustice and hard times, and the power of his storytelling make for compelling listening.

With a small band and some stellar guests (Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson), Canales from California comes off like an angry Dustbowl version of Tom Waits who won't let wrongs go unchallenged.

He brings old blues like Rev. Gary Davis' Death Don't Have No Mercy into the indifferent 21st century.

His earthy originals are equal to those of his inspirations (the menacing Hich-Wyah Man, the timeless moan of Cold Dark Hole) and these 13 songs contain powerful truths about death and life, the latter a blessing and curse.

Share It

Your Comments

Jamie - Sep 8, 2015

Wow ... love it

jeff - Sep 8, 2015


that would be the most hauntingly emotional version I have ever heard of that song..stunning

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Savages: Adore Life (Matador)

Savages: Adore Life (Matador)

At this distance it was easy to be sceptical about the British music press embracing Savages and their album-cum-manifesto Silence Yourself three years ago. The all-women quartet —... > Read more

Jim Noir: Jim Noir (My Dad)

Jim Noir: Jim Noir (My Dad)

Some six months ago the English magazine Q hailed this quirky, poppy and delightfully cheerful album as "the surprise soundtrack of summer 2008" -- which means that for us in the other... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

PAUL SIMON; THE SOLO YEARS: The boy out of his bubble

PAUL SIMON; THE SOLO YEARS: The boy out of his bubble

In October ‘93, when Paul Simon took up what amounted to a month-long residency at the Paramount Theatre in New York, it was billed with typical Nineties hyperbole as “The Concert of a... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Devin Abrams

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE PRODUCER QUESTIONNAIRE: Devin Abrams

Our variations on the Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire (songwriter, writer, filmmaker and so on) bring some interesting – and regrettably sometimes mundane – responses. But it is... > Read more