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James King: Bluegrass Storyteller
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James King has always been one of my favorite bluegrass singers - his raw, rural voice is steeped in mountain soul. His latest is a concept album of sorts, an eclectic collection of story songs ranging from hardcore bluegrass and gospel to country classics and more modern alt-country songs from Robert Earl Keen, David Olney and Fred Eaglesmith.

The subject matter's often grim - James generally prefers songs about the cold hard truth rather than more sunny fare - and it all adds up to one emotionally powerful listen. Some breathtaking, earthy harmonies complement one of bluegrass music's finest vocalists. 4/14/2005 - Don Slack