P. T. Brazier | Belfast NI | 06/12/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a simple affair, Bob and his guitar. Listening, it was good to be reminded of the simple yet powerful effect of Bobs performances. He plays traditional dittys in his own unique style, showing that brilliant songs can never age, only mature. Its also encouraging to see that Bob hasnt actually strayed very far from his musical roots, and still values the songwriters of another age.
If you are a dylan fan you dont need me to tell you...go buy it! If you arent, but like good music, do the same.
LISTEN and LEARN
North Shore Listener | 08/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If Dylan's music speaks to your soul in any capacity, be advised that this record, along with two or three others of his and at least a dozen Old Timey collections, is one of the keys to the Dylan Highway. Get your hands on a genuine copy and avail yourself of the priceless liner notes written by Bob himself, in which he reveals, along with some interesting turns of mind and phrase, that the so-called Never Ending Tour ended in 1991 with the departure of G. E. Smith ("Mr. Slash-and-Burn") (my designation, not Bob's) and that each tour since has carried its own character and nickname. Then get your hands on a guitar and a harmonica, find a copy of the songbook and go camping someplace, preferably near a lake in the North Country (but if you can't get there the South will do). Start a campfire, pour yourself a whiskey with coffee, and study the songs. Learn to play them. When it's time to return to your regular life, begin exploring the artists from whose work Bob culled these songs (some he names in the Notes, others you'll have to discover yourself through the songs). Then and only then will you realize that although the world has gone wrong, the songs and the artists who sing them (now including you) still provide illumination. And that's right."