Jack Rose - "Luck in the Valley"
by Shane Miller
Feb 17, 2010 | 19823 views | 0 0 comments | 824 824 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Luck in the Valley - the third and final installment in what Jack Rose called his “Ditch Trilogy” - is an excellent album that showcases both Rose’s innovative solo acoustic guitar work and his recent collaborations with the Black Twig Pickers and Glenn Jones, among others.

Jack Rose is a widely respected and influential figure in the world of acoustic music. His expressive and almost spiritual playing is most often compared to the work of John Fahey, but Rose - who suddenly passed away last December at the young age of 38 – also had a deep love for traditional Americana music, and on Luck in the Valley, a song like the raga-esque “Blues for Percy Danforth” is right at home with a cover of W.C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” of which Rose offers up his own arrangement.

In fact, much like the pre-war recordings Rose loved, many of the songs on Luck in the Valley are first takes, lending the album a fair amount of spontaneity and urgency.

Luck in the Valley will appeal not only to those who gravitate to more experimental music, but also those who have a love of traditional acoustic music – a rare feat indeed. Rose’s untimely death leaves a gaping hole in the music world, but if a recent tribute show to Rose at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn is any indication, his influence will be felt for generations to come.

Luck in the Valley will be released on Thrill Jockey Records on February 23.

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