Compact Capsules for Sept 21, 2009
by Dan Ferguson
Still Your Man
On Still Your Man, Nashville-based country stylist Paul Burch both moves to a new suitor in Ramseur Records and diversifies his sound over the course of the album's 14 songs with colors of jazz, country swing, blues and rumba and all with a throwback tinge to it. With his WPA Club band providing stellar accompaniment, Burch's low key approach in the studio with a nod towards sparseness have always yielded albums with a high listenability quotient. Still Your Man is no exception. Visit www.paulburch.com.
Magnolia Electric Company
Secretly Canadian Records
The impetus for Josephine, the latest longplayer from Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Company was the tragic 2007 passing of bassist Evan Farrell. Arguably the Indiana-based artist's strongest songwriting effort while at the helm of Magnolia Electric Company, Molina's poetic lyrics channel Farrell's restless spirit beautifully across the 14 songs encompassing Josephine spanning spare folk tunes to lonely, country-leaning laments to blazing, Crazy Horse-styled crunch. Visit www.magnoliaelectricco.com.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)