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One of the best,
This review is from: More Miles Than Money (Audio CD)
Quite simply, one of the best compilations of American roots music put together in recent years.
It covers eight or nine decades, and most of the varied musical cultures of the USA. There's nothing obvious here, and the selections - which complement Garth Cartwright's book of the same name - have been chosen well. Music's often seen as glamour - but the reality is often hard work, and grind, much like daily life. That doesn't mean it isn't exciting, and moving, and funny, and danceable - and the songs here are all that, and they remind me that life without good music can be a drag.
These are the songs of great, and frequently unknown, musicians who've put out, or are keeping alive, real American music: songs you won't hear on daytime radio or sat tv. If you want to start hunting them out, but aren't sure where to start looking, you might want to begin here.
There's a lot of good stuff going on out there and just about every track on this 2XCD tells you what you might have been missing.
A couple of genres are not included (because they weren't covered in the book, maybe?), such as cajun/zydeco from Louisiana and contemporary store-front church gospel. But maybe Mr Cartwright is saving these for vol 2 of his book? Let's hope so.