||Wild Bill Jones||Dirk Powell||3:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hop High My Lulu Gal||Dirk Powell||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Silk Merchant's Daughter||Dirk Powell||5:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Tune for Paul||Dirk Powell||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Western Country||Dirk Powell||4:01||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Moonshiner||Dirk Powell||4:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Keys to the Kingdom||Dirk Powell||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Say Darling Say||Dirk Powell||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Breaking Up Christmas||Dirk Powell||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Cradle, the Coffin, the Cross on the Hill||Dirk Powell||4:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Leaning on a Wall||Dirk Powell||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Little Maggie||Dirk Powell||3:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Been All Around This World, Baby Mine||Dirk Powell||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Going Back to Fielden||Dirk Powell||3:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Poor Soldier||Dirk Powell||2:46||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Near and Far||Dirk Powell||2:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Cumberland Gap||Dirk Powell||3:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ride with the Devil||Dirk Powell||4:12||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Solo albums are often an exercise in ego. Often, without a band to limit an artist's excesses, solo records promise more than they ever deliver. Welcome then, to the exception. Dirk Powell, the 30-something leader of Balfa Toujours, has cut a record of American folk song that can comfortably sit on the shelf with anything Harry Smith ever heard. He does this by remaining admirably in the background. The wounded voice of Jim Miller graces most tunes, leaving Powell free to express his astonishing range and virtuosity on a number of instruments. Most of the songs on this record are over 100 years old. Those that aren't sound like they are. Powell knows that American music is a river. On this album, he's content to wade waist-deep in the Big Muddy. A brilliant decision. An astonishing record, one that rewards repeated listening. This is heartily recommended to anyone with ears to hear.
What That Guy Said!
The review above says it all. This is another great record from Dirk Powell and leaves the listener feeling full and musical.
if this was a cd i would have worn it into.
My i-pod has got to be sick of this album.......but i will never get over it, very nice, reminds me of home. Dirk is keeping the precious monutain music stable, thank you Mr. Powell. It's all about "Moonshiner", and "Hop High " for me and my LuLu Gal.
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Years Active: '90s, '00s