Friday, February 16, 2007

So I Can See Willie

In case you haven’t heard it yet, we have to point out that excellent peoples at Light in the Attic are giving away the Karen Dalton track “Katie Cruel.” It’s beautiful, spooky and strange. Considering all the people who tried to cop the style (back in '52 when Harry Smith and Moe Asch originally released the talismanic Anthology of American Folk Music and since the 90s when it was re-issued on disc), it’s the closest thing to the Old Weird America of Clarence Ashley and “Cuckoo Bird” that I’ve heard. The whole future negative conditional business about if she could be “where I should be” and “where I am not” is enough to stump my feeble logic.

"Katie Cruel" - Karen Dalton

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