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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Red House Records artist: Jorma Kaukonen - Ain't In No Hurry - New Release review

I just received the newest release (February 17, 2015), Ain't In No Hurry, from Jorma Kaukonen and it warm and soothing. Opening with a laid back version of classic Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out, featuring Jorma on vocal and guitar, Myron Hart on bass, Justin Guip on drums and Larry Campbell on mandolin and fiddle. A loose folk country jam creates a very nice opener. The Other Side Of The Mountain has a rockier but acoustic feel with Campbell and Jorma trading riffs. Woody Guthrie's Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me has a distinctive Jorma/Dead sound with a cool recurring guitar riff. In My Dreams is a quiet acoustic ballad featuring Jorma, Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin and Myron Hart on bass. Very nice! Sweet Fern is a true country classic with a waltz rhythm, my last time hearing it was on the Porter Wagoner show. Joined by Teresa Williams on vocal, and with Campbell on lap steel it definitely has a early country feel and performed much more cleanly than on Porters show. Smooth! Title track, Ain't In No Hurry, is back more in what I would consider more of a pure Jorma sound backed by Campbell on steel this has classic lines with a steel stinger. Depression Era track, Brother Can You Spare A Dime, has a real nice rag feel with only Jorma and Mittenhoff. A fresh feel and cleanly picked, this is one of my favorites on the release. Where There's Two There's Trouble has a simple two step rhythm and features a duet with Teresa Williams. A fuller band with Guip, Hart and Campbell, this track almost takes a full country blues gallop. With a Gary Davis like style with some swing, The Terrible Operation really develops a sweet groove. Campbell and Jorma really do a nice job instrumentally and Guip adds an especially nice punch. With solid radio potential, Bar Room Crystal Ball is a straight forward Jormarocker with cool mando riffs by Mitterhoff and steel riffs from Campbell. The release is wrapped by Jorma alone on vocal and guitar singing ballad, Seasons In The Field.

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