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The pseudo-psychedelic drone-folk trio Pelt’s musical chemistry still courses through these songs as guitar virtuoso Jack Rose and Mike Gangloff reunited to form Jack Rose & The Black Twig Pickers. Guitar virtuoso Jack Rose continues to play guitar with a harder attack than most string-band traditionalists and his low-string thumb-picking still competes for volume against Mike Gangloff’s unmitigated banjo playing. Combined with the varied percussion of Nate Bowels and Isak Howell’s accompanying guitar and harmonica, songs like the opening public domain cover of “Little Sadie” come to life. The light-handed rendition of the traditional instrumental “Sail Away Ladies/I Shall Not Be Moved” takes a back-porch detour with the breezy feel of a lazy Southern spring day. Only two originals surface here; the string-bending John Fahey inspired “Revolt” and “Kensington Blues,” a sweet rambling instrumental overflowing with sunny melodies. This album was to be the centerpiece of “The Ditch Trilogy,” but unfortunately Rose died from a heart attack shortly after recording it. Luck In The Valley followed posthumously.


Born: February 16, 1971 in Virginia

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

An inventive and self-taught player on acoustic six-string, 12-string, and lap steel guitar, Jack Rose was considered part of the so-called Takoma revivalist movement that echoes the often Eastern-tinged acoustic guitar experiments of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and others, although Rose got his start as a musician in an entirely different direction, first as a rock and punk-inspired electric guitarist in the Richmond, VA, drone trio Pelt. Pelt released a series of albums beginning in 1995, but while...
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