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    Anderson, Marisa – “Traditional & Public Domain Songs” – [Mississippi Records]


    No stranger to KFJC’s airwaves, Marisa Anderson
    unites with Portland powerhouse Mississippi Records
    to reissue her 2013 release of an homage not just
    to the Traditional Songs of the title, but to the
    guitar. It’s all instrumental, and all electric,
    and weaves between reference and reverence. She
    can pluck gentle and clean as on “Farther Along”
    or tiptoe near the third wire that Junior Kimbrough
    use to ride with “Pretty Polly.” Songs that are
    pulled deep from the heartland, if not the heart
    of this country appear : “May The Circle Be Unbroken”
    and “Amazing Grace.” But Marisa’s domain extends
    beyond natural and sonic borders, “Bella Ciao”
    is indeed beautiful, and builds up a nice storm set
    of chords. Dig the super reverb recoil on “Johnny
    I Hardly Knew Ye.” A lot of the album has a solemn
    and introspective vibe, often soothing but not without
    a bout of bitterness. That being said, she concludes
    with a downright jouncy “When the Roll Is Called Up
    Yonder.” Perhaps that is the arc of the blues, to
    struggle humbly and with grace, but carry a heavy
    weight till we hit our run-out groove and the
    needle rises with us to the skies.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on May 5, 2018 at 12:37 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Blues
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