The Low Tech Troubadour just turned sixty years old and Fly Away is, believe it or not, his 19th record. Who the hell knew?
Fly Away has the immediate acoustic joy that drives so many of Jerry Garcia's acoustic efforts. Now I'm not comparing the two though Bevan is the stronger vocalist, but like ol' Jerry there's a lilting comfort and craftsman's exuberance to these songs. Mississippi Medicine, Fly Away, Love Lifts, Feel Better and especially the cinematic Road to Montreal settle into the heart and the bones with a lyrical and emotional purity that makes it nearly impossible to understand how someone this devoted to song and singing can remain damn near anonymous for so damn long.
But we all understand that distance is littered and loitered by a multitude of far lesser talents who know someone who knows someone and you won't find Bevan in a meat dress. So instead the fortunate few get to hear the joys of Fly Away then dig a little deeper to 1976's Springboard and marvel at the music that almost got away.
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