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Album Review

Folk road dog David Wilcox has crisscrossed the country many times over, playing empty coffeehouses and packed folk festivals. His 2002 collection, Live Songs & Stories, documents these journeys, alternating live versions of his best-loved songs with the humorous introductions the singer/songwriter has become known for. Wilcox's brand of intimate contemporary folk was born to be performed live, and the unobtrusive interactions with his audience only make the music stronger. The intricate wordplay evident in his songs also shows up in his spoken explanations; his words flow almost like an energetic poetry slam, introducing the songs like a lo-fi version of VH1's Storytellers series and giving insight to the addictions of "Eye of the Hurricane" and his own inspirations in "Words Alone." The songs are sparsely but expertly performed (often just Wilcox's voice and guitar, occasionally augmented by Jake Armerding's gentle fiddle and backing vocals), and every track leaves the listener not only with a glimmer of insight into the performer's mindset, but also with undeniable hope and a kinder world-view. These are the hallmarks of a terrific folksinger and songwriter, of which Wilcox is both.

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a MUST for folk lovers

Recently been turned onto Wilcox's music in the past three years. He is an excellent musician and storyteller. This live CD captures that...

Almost as good as being there...

I've enjoyed David Wilcox's music for many years and have had the pleasure of seeing him in concert several times. When I bought this album, I wasn't sure if David's personality would shine through as clearly as it does in concert, but I must say...it does, and in spades. David is truly one of the world's finest singer/songwriter/storytellers, bringing to mind the finest work by James Taylor and others...and besting them in the process. Buy this album and you will know why. It contains his finest material, delivered live, the way storytellers like to do it. And if you enjoy this, go buy Big Horizon...clearly his finest studio album. Worth every penny, and a real delight.

Fun to listen to

I enjoy the music and would reccommend it - just a tip - it is not easy to listen to in shuffle mode as the tracks often need the flow from one to another.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A warm, baritone vocal tone and poetic lyricism are combined with a unique guitar style that blends soft jazz and folk sensibilities and an intimate stage persona by singer/songwriter David Wilcox. Often compared to James Taylor and John Martyn, Wilcox has built a solid fan base for his well-crafted folk-pop tunes. Cleveland-born Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after watching a fellow student play in a stairwell at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH. Transferring to Warren Wilson College in...
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