American Folk

Posted By MiOd On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Under ,

Putumayo is primarily a world music label; whether the focus is Celtic, African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, or Latin music, the vast majority of Putumayo's compilations have had some type of world music connection. But American Folk is an exception -- and while this compilation doesn't unearth the sort of delightfully unorthodox things Putumayo has a way of finding (such as Scottish and Japanese artists playing salsa), it is a disc that isn't lacking when it comes to quality. As its title suggests, this 46-minute, 12-track CD spotlights American folk recordings -- specifically, American folk-rock recordings of the '90s and 2000s. Instead of getting into folkies who made their mark in the '50s or '60s, American Folk sets out to demonstrate that folk-rock is alive and well in the 21st century -- and many of the artists are people who emerged in the '80s, '90s, or 2000s, including Patty Griffin, Lucy Kaplansky, Shannon McNally, Josh Ritter, Christine Kane, and Nanci Griffith (who shines on an intimate remake of Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather"). Natalie Merchant, meanwhile, is in fine form on her 2003 recording of the traditional "Owensboro," which favors a sparer and more stripped-down approach than most of her recordings with 10,000 Maniacs or her 1995 solo debut Tigerlily. Given Putumayo's history of being ultra-adventurous, it wouldn't have been surprising if they had come up with something by artists who are really pushing the folk-rock envelope (such as Adam Brodsky and Deirdre Flint, two Philadelphia-based anti-folk/folk-rock artists known for their madcap, over-the-top humor). But while American Folk isn't as daring as other Putumayo releases, it's still a worthwhile, engaging disc that paints an attractive picture of folk-rock in the 21st century. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

[01]. Pale Moon - Shannon McNally
[02]. You Don't Make It Easy Babe - Josh Ritter
[03]. She Don't Like Roses - Christine Kane
[04]. Don't Look for Me - Jeffrey Foucault
[05]. Pour - Lori McKenna
[06]. I Had Something - Lucy Kaplansky
[07]. Shirt - Peter Mulvey
[08]. Boots of Spanish Leather - Nanci Griffith
[09]. Rowing Song - Patty Griffin
[10]. Jubilee - Dan Littleton, , Elizabeth Mitchell
[11]. Owensboro - Natalie Merchant
[12]. Judge Not Your Brother [#] - Eric Bibb

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