Sadly, just as Rose began to hit his stride he was cut down, but Luck in the Valley is a warm reminder of why he was so beloved. The album centers as usual on pre-war blues and folk styles that Jack seemed built to play and most were recorded live in a single or a few takes. The methodology behind this is that it emulated the feeling of how pre-war blues and folk would have been recorded at the time and as Jack had often espoused, it does lend a feeling of immediacy to his music. Its rather easy to get lost in the rambling valley's of Rose's playing and for this album his accompanists were chosen for their hardened live skills, each adding a dense layer of intangible beauty to his compositions. Its sad to think that aside from archived recordings this may be the last proper Jack Rose album as it seemed there was so much yet to come.
[MP3] Jack Rose - Woodpiles on the Side of the Road
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