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This live disc from country singer-songwriter James Talley was recorded live in three Italian cities in October 2002. Journey's song selection features nine Talley evergreens and five powerful new songs, tracing the arc Talley's career has taken, musically and spiritually. Picking a resonant acoustic guitar and backed by a tight trio, Talley offers up a buoyant, western swing reading of "W. Lee O'Daniel and the Light Crust Doughboys," followed by his poignant "Bluesman" done at a slower tempo than the studio session, accentuating both the attraction of and the loneliness at the core of the titular character's lifestyle. "Bluesman" exemplifies the deep well of humanity at the center of Talley's portraits, which are as keenly observed and as empathetic as Dorothea Lange's Depression-era photographs, perhaps never more so than on "Richland, Washington," his stark, solo reflection on the price his father paid working for years in a plutonium factory. The new songs include the haunting, heartbreaking "That Old Magic"; "The Song of Chief Joseph," a story-song about the trials of the wise Nez Perce chieftain; the ethereal, mystic "Somewhere on the Edge of the World," an evocation of the greatest of all Sioux warriors, Crazy Horse; and a sensible, and extremely moving, comment on the events of and surrounding 9/11 in "I Saw the Buildings," which examines terror and hatred -- and their legacies -- from a global perspective. To take this Journey with James Talley is to have your heart touched, your soul enriched, and your conscience stirred.

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Release Date: 06/15/2004
Label: Cimarron Records
UPC: 0693249101227
catalogNumber: 1012
Rank: 126455

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