He's been called the natural heir of John Fahey and on his earlier releases managed to evoke the memory of Fahey, Basho and (Sandy)Bull, blending a Mississippi blues drawl, folky americana and eastern influences. However it is with this album that he truly justifies that description.
I would suggest that this is a significant step forward from those earlier albums, "Red Horse White Mule/Opium Musick"(now available as a single CD release)which are excellent, but require a lot more listening to get into. He produces a richer, warmer sound packed with memorable melodies and even greater variety, expanding his repertoire to include a couple of delightful ragtime numbers.
When you consider that every track was a first take you realise this is a performer brimming with confidence and at the top of his game. Such is that confidence that he effortlessly 'takes on the master' with a wonderfully fluid rendition of Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues". This album is packed with variety from rag to raag, to mini epics of winding narrative.
If you have any interest in the solo guitar of Kottke, Lang, Fahey, Basho etc, but want to see where the future lies, this is an essential purchase.