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20 Watts Reviews Jack Rose’s Luck in The Valley by JohnCassillo

Jack Rose still provides great music for fans, even after his unfortunate passing

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WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

Luck in The Valley is a posthumous release by the recently deceased Jack Rose, frontman for early 90s psych-noise band Pelt, and Devendra Bahrnart collaborator.  In the past decade Rose released ten solo records deeply rooted in American folk, a reflection of his obsession with prewar American culture. For anyone even slightly interested in Americana or American folk, Luck in The Valley is a must listen. The album is like opening a time capsule, as it fully captures the essence of early America.

It’s chock-full of delightful collaborations with various other musicians like The Black Twig Pickers, Glenn Jones, Harmonica Dan and Hans Chew. Each player is loud and fast, keeping most every song at a constant square-dance tempo. Everything is acoustic and rustic, evoking great prewar imagery, especially the jangly, metallic clangs and plucks on Rose’s guitar. These common threads play out often on the collection of largely of original music, save three tunes: “West Coast Blues,” “Everybody Ought to Pray Sometime” (The 77s) and “Saint Louis Blues” (W.C. Handy). All of Rose’s interpretations are true to the style, but add so much color and personal expression. Continue reading

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