Jack Rose – "Luck in the Valley"
Luck In The Valley
Thrill Jockey Records
A WEIRD Americana nod, an instrumental album by recently deceased Jack Rose, is set to come out in 2010. It calls out an instinctual side of my psyche. Say I’m back in some time where folks fought for their meals, I’m just passing thru, ya see I’m the stranger, new in town and maybe I’ve got a story, its a balance of irie, calm, haunting, and a good ol’ time and I don’t mean with yer cousins.
You prolly assume I should trash this record cuz it might not be ” on ” rocknroll, but I bet you call several of your girl pals, and get down on some bathroom gin with your pill of choice and I’d bet it’d turn it into a jubilee of sorts.
Or not, like I said this album is all instrumental and if that’s not your bag, I would have to convince you that Jack Rose from Pelt made noise, so with all this instrumental ragtime/blues music he puts out wouldn’t this be the root of it? Its really moody but in an old way, kicks ya into moonshine,but for 1 song it starts slowing down to elevator mode on “Tress in the Valley, which I take back NOW, sounds like some sort of Spanish saloon tequila break desert song.”
So Jack Rose who fronted noise band Pelt, started releasing his own solo stuff in 2000, but came to be exposed more by the help of “man purse” wearing Devendra Banhart for his “Golden Apples of the Sun” compilation in 2004 and also before and leading up too, with his albums released on Eclipse Records, Red Horse, White Mule (2002), Opium Musick (2003), and Raag Manifestos (2004), but still releasing countless album, EPs, and appearing on comps.
I’m not saying I dislike this style of music because it’s the root of one of the things I do love ROCK N ROLL, and well one song in particular, “When Tailgate Drops, Bullshit Stops,” sounds like a song the Flamin’ Groovies might of covered for their Teenage Head album, just as they did for their version of “32-20,” by Robert Johnson. The more I listen the more I feel I’m stuck out some where on the road out on rural old America drinkin in some juke joint.
BUY IT, and also do yourself a favor and pick up Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, great to have as well with this record–HERE.
RIP JACK ROSE