A delightful "novelty"
M. J. Smith | Seattle, WA USA | 03/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an unusual recording in the sense that in 1973 Yank Rachell was asked to re-create the sound of his playing in the 20's in Brownsville, Tennesse. In other words, Mr. Rachell was asked to play as if he'd not been influenced by St. Louis, Chicago, and his rediscovery in the 60's. The result is spectacular - a earthiness that isn't raw, a very personal sound on either mandolin or guitar. This is blues that are blue but not embittered. This is blues that nearly every cut alone would justify the album - a blues that is "mainstream rural" yet specific to Mr. Rachell.It is not accidental that in the review, I refer to the artist as Mr. Rachell not Yank. The notes and the music cause one to use respectful language."