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Dirt Roads
Spencer Bohren
Dirt Roads
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Gospel
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1

Dirt Roads - According to Dirty Linen, the Folk Music "bible" of New England, Spencer Bohren's DIRT ROADS is ". . . the most stunning Blues recording of the year!" It is an unusually atmospheric set of music, paying tribut...  more »


CD Details

All Artists: Spencer Bohren
Title: Dirt Roads
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Solid State Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Release Date: 1/1/2000
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop, Gospel
Styles: Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 612224144226


Album Description
Dirt Roads - According to Dirty Linen, the Folk Music "bible" of New England, Spencer Bohren's DIRT ROADS is ". . . the most stunning Blues recording of the year!" It is an unusually atmospheric set of music, paying tribute to a musical era before radio, television and the media informed the public taste. The title implies a period before pavement. Before the automobile. It was a time when music was a pure expression of the heart, soul, or the circumstances of life. The acoustic instrumentation of Spencer Bohren on guitar, slide and mandolin, backed by JAB Wilson on harmonica, is as comfortable as an old pair of boots. It's soothing to the soul. Included are traditional blues, spirituals and field hollers, along with several of Spencer's "traditional originals," inspired by back roads music from America's past. DIRT ROADS became an instant favorite among Spencer Bohren fans worldwide.

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Just Fantastic
Michael J. Mazarr | Arlington, Virginia | 03/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I met Spencer Borhen on a recent trip to New Orleans, without even knowing he was a musician until halfway through our conversation. I thought, there's no way the man's music could match his personality--he's an immensely thoughtful, personable guy. But this CD is astonishing: mellow, smooth, but with amazing guitar work and lyrics you want to hear again and again. I don't generally like blues, and had no previous contact with this old-style Cajun type--but the music drew me in. Listen to it on a warm day, with the sumer breeze blowing through the curtains. You will be hooked."
This is one of those CD's you listen to on a sunday morning
Rik van Hemmen | New Jersey | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw Spencer Bohren in concert and did not care much for his personality. Still I liked his playing and bought the CD from him at the concert. The CD has become one of my favorites. It is a great selection of songs, and as a whole it is even better than the individual songs. If you are in the mood for Delta blues, or want to learn about it, this is the place to start."
Mellow blues
Pitoucat | UK | 08/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Spencer Bohren, the Wyoming born singer-guitarist, has been performing and recording his quality music around the world for many years, but a major record deal has still to come his way. Maybe this release will give his career the necessary boost.

It's a most relaxing album, ideal for those times when a break from the more hectic, up-tempo sounds is required. Bohren is a laid-back guy who sings and accompanies himself on guitar through a batch of low-key numbers, with the sensitive harmonica accompaniment of his buddy Jab Wilson. Together they manage to set up a mood of hard times and hot lazy summer days down south, based partly on well-known traditional blues and gospel numbers, and partly on original songs by Bohren which fit nicely into the same easy groove as the others so as to be acceptable as their equals. And it really does work, with Bohren's 'Travelin'', 'Yazoo Bottom Messaround', 'Goin' Up The River', and 'Cry Of The Blues' evoking similar atmosphere to the more familiar 'Wade In The Water', 'How Long Blues', and 'The Water Is Wide', that it would be easy to consider them as long-lost songs just recently discovered.

Bohren's slide guitar work is most accomplished, and heard to great effect on the chilling 'Night Is Fallin''. The musicianship is first class throughout, with guitar, harmonica and voice meshing well to produce an all-pervasive downbeat feeling. Of particular note is a stunning version of 'The Wild Ox Moan', a song originally collected by Alan Lomax from Vera Hall in Alabama in the 1950s. Another interesting choice is a version of 'Wind In The Mountains', written by the white country musician Carson Robison, whose 'Life Gets Teejus, Don't It?' might also have summed up the general laid-back atmosphere provided by this strangely attractive album.

It's difficult to exactly delineate Bohren's style on paper. I could say that if you like the music of Kelly Joe Phelps and Rainer Ptacek you'd almost certainly enjoy this CD too, but that still does not adequately describe the particular qualities of the album. Certainly, for those unaware of the man, it provides a fine introduction to the talents of Spencer Bohran, a musician from whom I'll look forward to hearing more good things in the future.