The final album of Jimmy Arnold's short career--it was only his third album--was released in 1983, nine years before his untimely death at the age of 40. The fourteen songs contained herein are a mixture of traditional tunes and originals (Robbie Robertson's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is the lone cover), and taken as a whole they evoke the period of the Civil war. As John Hartford said in the original liner notes: "This almost psychic album by Jimmy Arnold comes clear more through research of the soul rather than research in a library...."
Indeed, from the opeing ballad "Jesse James" through the toe-tapping closer "Sally Ann," Arnold takes the listener back in time through a series of songs that are sometimes raucus, and at other times somber. Arnold plays a lot of the instruments himself, including rhythm and lead guitars, banjo, fiddle and harmonica. Among the guest musicians are Mike Auldridge on Dobro.
It's a shame Arnold gave up recording after this album, but it's a testament to the power of this album that it's still in print nearly a quarter of a century after its debut. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED