Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Although many compilations on the Putumayo label are indifferent or perhaps of little interest to Elsewhere (the kids songs from around the world etc), this one leaps out . . . but not so much as to give you a fright.
This low-key collection of 11 acoustic tracks serves as fine introduction to many of the artists while also providing a coherent and interesting album in its own right.
Here are Elsewhere favourite Harry Manx (with his distinctive take on Van Morrison's Crazy Love), banjo/mandolin player Sarah Jarosz (Dylan's Ring Them Bells, with Vince Gill) and the Sweet Remains (an alt.country take on Crosby Still and Nash's Dance With Me).
It isn't all covers: the duo of David Lamb and Morgan Eve Swain (as Brown Bird) out of Rhode Island connect with Tom Waits' European cabaret/sea shanty style on Danger and Dread; Justin Townes Earle's One More Night in Brooklyn (from his fine Harlem River Blues album) is here; so are the Waifs; and you'll probably want to hear from Brooklyn clinical psychologist-turned-folkie Lucy Kaplansky (who sounds like a big city-burned Joni Mitchell); the deeply literate Gregory Alan Isakov; alt.folkers Fences out out Seattle . . .
Good stand-alone collection and -- with biographical liner notes and pointers to albums -- a useful starting point into these artists.
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