Empty that CD tray; clear your plate for some more prime cuts from the Scunthorpe, England steeler. Just two years after the ground-breaking GRINNING IN YOUR FACE, and in between tours accompanying June Tabor, Martin Simpson found himself with music in his fingers and time on his hands, and he spent it wisely.
His guitar tone is as clean and fresh as ever--in "Shawnee Town" it's like the strings are being pulled by grappling hooks rather than mere fingernails--and there's a fresh approach to almost every track. And while most of the material is from his adopted country (USA), there's a clear reminder of his roots; Anne Lister's "Icarus" is the centerpiece of the album, the vocal lines climbing like thermals over some unmistakable rolling riffs. He winds it up with a barnstorming full band version of "The Lakes of Pontchartrain" that would shake the cobwebs from any Louisiana outhouse. Through it all, Simpson doesn't once resort to studio tricks--it all goes to show why back in Scunthorpe they still talk about the time that a 14-year-old kid walked onto the stage, picked up his guitar and started to play. ~ AllMusic review
Martin Simpson - vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel, dobro Micky Barker - drums, percussion Johnathan Davie - electric bass guitars Laurie Harper - fiddle, mandoline Rob Mason - harmonica
01 - Jazzman 02 - Shawnee Town 03 - Moth 04 - Living Without You 05 - For Jessica, Sad Or High Kicking/My Dearest Dear 06 - Icarus 07 - No Depression In Heaven 08 - Let It Be Me 09 - Stillness In Company 10 - The Lakes Of Ponchartrain