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Walking Through Clay

Dirk Powell

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Dirk Powell is a prolific Americana multi-instrumentalist with a long list of accomplishments and credits as a session player, songwriter, singer, and recording artist. He's also the man Steve Earle calls "the greatest old-time banjo player alive." Walking Through the Clay, his fourth solo release, honors traditional American music while infusing it with modern sensibilities. Powell blends acoustic and electric instruments and pulls from multiple styles here, including Appalachian, Cajun, and bluegrass. There are New Orleans horns on "Abide with Me" (featuring Levon Helm on drums and Amy Helm on backing vocals), zydeco rhythms on "Spoonbread" and "That Ain't Right," and Southern rock on "As I Went Out a Walkin'." Powell can do it all with taste and conviction. Walking Through the Clay is an inspired release by a first-rate musician and storyteller.

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Not too bad

I really like the last song. Very lovely.

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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