Tuesday, March 09, 2004

"New" music
If you'll cast your ocular orbs over to the right you'll see a new sections devoted to my music purchases. "Longings" will updated monthly as I adhere to my self-imposed discipline of buying two new CDs a month. Not that the CDs are new in the absolute sense of the word but as NBC admonished: "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you." The discs are re-runs but they'll probably be music that's been around for a while for which I haven't laid out the beans.

The month of March features Alison Krauss. She of the crystal-clear voice so pure it'll break your heart even when she sings of good times. She doesn't have a lot of power in her voice but it just doesn't matter. She's a superb fiddler and, well, a vocalist whose singing is like a drink from a mountain stream. The fact that she's backed up, or surrounded by, or plays with, or however it is to be put Union Station is just an amazing bonus. Superb musicians in their own right and, of course, the band includes Dan Tyminski who did a star turn with the vocals for "Man of Constant Sorrow" on the O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

Though not on my soon-to-buy list, Claire Lynch is very much in the same vein. Her backup band, The Front Porch String Band, is just simply note perfect. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

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