Album Review

Blackshaw, James – “O True Believers” – [Important Records]

Numa   3/22/2006   A Library, CD

Solo acoustic beauty. Being one of the lucky few to have a copy of James Blackshaw’s ‘Celeste? here at the station, I’m happy to see that his music is becoming more accessible with this release on Important Records. Celeste was a limited cdr release, but with this album, Blackshaw’s beautiful work on a 12-string guitar can be experienced by more than a couple hundred lucky souls. The rarity of his recordings have limited his broader appeal, but that is about to change. Calming sounds for journeys through a natural setting can be found here on “O True Believers”. The four tracks included on this release offer a sample of the remarkable range of his abilities. Comparisons of Robbie Basho, John Fahey, and Leo Kottke are not uncommon to his work. James Blackshaw can take you on a ride through eastern cities with his raga-inspired The Elk with Jade Eyes or through a rainy forest with Transient Life in Twilight. Breathe deep and take in this extraordinary guitarist’s passion. — Numa

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