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Jorma Kaukonen - Stars in My Crown

Stars In My Crown

Jorma Kaukonen

Red House Records RHR CD 202

Available from Fur Peace Ranch Company Store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Not a disc meant to challenge but rather to charm, Jorma sounds better on Stars in My Crown than I suspected he ever would again.

And I say that with a pronounced sigh, after having sworn off the guy a few years back following an impossibly boring and tedious Acoutsic Tuna show. I mean, even my brother, long a Tuna head from the Papa Creach days said 'Hey, let's get the hell out of here!"

So here I am with a lively and most welcome Jorma pickin' the roots as deft and dexterous as ever, instilling each of these fourteen tracks with a restive playfulness and a calm intent that touches sincerely on those places in the consciousness that only true music can touch.

There are many a quiet highlight here, as gospel, blues, and folk entwine. The humorous swing of Late Breaking News ("I'm the CEO of all the business in my head", "There's a conference room above my neck") Johnny Cash's resonant The Man Comes Around gets a masterful read here. There's A Table Sitting in Heaven written by Kaukonen's lifelong influence, Rev. Gary Davis, takes on a whole new life. No Demon and Mighty Hard Pleasure resound with perseverance.

Riding along on this breathing study of America's many native musics are Tuna mate/mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff, Rob Ickes, Reese Wynans, Tim Stafford and host of like minded souls. A fine disc to enjoy as winter moves into spring.

Track List:

  • Heart Temporary
  • Fur Peace Rag
  • By The Rivers of Babylon
  • Living in The Moment
  • Late Breaking News
  • Come Back Baby
  • Mighty Hard Pleasure
  • No Demon
  • There's A Table Sitting in Heaven
  • When The Man Comes Around
  • A Life Well Lived
  • Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?
  • Preacher Picked The Guitar
  • Will There Be Any stars in My Crown?
(instrumental)
Produced by: Byron House

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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