Jack Rose with D. Charles Speer & the Helix
The four songs that spread across this collaborative EP serve as instant reminder of what the world lost when Jack Rose died this year. A consummate player in his own right, Rose was also a master collaborator, as his work with the Black Twig Pickers has shown in the past and this endeavor is no less striking. Recorded while Rose was on tour with the Speer and the Helix, the EP is an unusual bit of electric playing from the master of acoustic form. The tracks were recorded live with no overdubs and the energy from the studio leaps onto tape, a unique quality that Jack held and that he obviously translated to those around him. Both artists are masters of bridging the present with far-gone feelings of rambling barroom exuberance and wearied country soul and rarely has this magic been captured better than here. From the opening bars of "Prison Song" delivered with Schuford's dark Cash drawl to the unfettered refrains of "In The Pines" its plain to see that something special took place in the studio and luckily enough someone was their to document it. The true tragedy remains in knowing that such promising beginnings will now never be replicated. But try not to dwell on what might've been and let these four reminders lick a few wounds.
[MP3] Jack Rose with D. Charles Speer & the Helix - In The Pines
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