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Hand Me Down

Dirk Powell

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Album Review

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.

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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.

yay

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Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

He's considered one of the world's leading experts on traditional Appalachian fiddle and banjo styles, along with carrying on the traditions of his late and legendary father-in-law Dewey Balfa as the accordion player in the Cajun group Balfa Toujours. But fiddler/banjo player/accordionist Dirk Powell first started playing music in the classical style. The future "Renaissance Mountain Man" started piano lessons at the age of eight, and by the age of ten he had moved on to the harpsichord. It was his...
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