Jack Rose – Luck In The Valley (Ltd. Colored LP+MP3)

Image: 1619785 Jack Rose is remembered and reveared for his innovation in contemporary guitar
music. His in?uence had only just begun to take ?ight before his unexpected death
in December of 2009, right before the release of what sadly was to be his fnal album,
Luck in the Valley. Still, his music and in?uence, much like his person, bold, hearty,
and rooted in traditional American music continues to be a source of reference for
guitarists and musicians carrying traditional American music into modern times.
Jack Rose frst rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit, Pelt. Pelt can be
counted among the early in?uential new music underground bands such as UN, No
Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs of Admittance.
Rose recorded and toured with the band up until 2006. Rose released his frst solo LP
in 2002, Red Horse, White Mule, of post-Takoma, American primitive guitar. Along
with the in?uences of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Rose also incorporated North
Indian classical, early American blues, bluegrass and minimalism into his singular
style. 2005 saw the release of his fourth LP, Kensington Blues, which incorporated
all of the aforementioned in?uences and his playing/composing fully ?owered. That
LP is now considered a classic of contemporary guitar music.
In 2008 and 2009 Rose released Dr. Ragtime and Pals and Jack Rose and the Black
Twig Pickers respectively. Those recordings featured many additional players like
Glenn Jones, Micah Blue Smaldone, Harmonica Dan and The Black Twig Pickers.
The songs drew heavily on pre-war in?uences, either written by Rose or were his
arrangements of early American classics. Luck in the Valley is the third album in this
set of recordings that Rose jokingly referred to as his “Ditch Trilogy”. This recording
set out to capture the energy and feel of the classic three-track shack recordings by
the Wray Brothers and Mordicai Jones. Luck in the Valley was written and recorded
over a period of nine months off the road, an unusually long time for Rose to have
be at home and woodshedding. The album found Rose employing new themes and
techniques that haven’t appeared on previous releases.
Like all pre-war recordings and all of Rose’s releases, this album was recorded
live. It was not created using overdubs but rather by recording a few “takes” and
selecting the best performance out of those. Rose stated, “I wanted the songs to
have an immediacy and spontaneity as they were being recorded. All the musicians
chosen for the record know how to play the songs without overworking the
material, but at the same time creating memorable accompaniments on the spot.”
Several of the songs are in fact the frst takes like “Blues for Percy Danforth”, “Lick
Mountain Ramble” and “Woodpiles on the Side of the Road”. Also Included in the
set are three covers: “St. Louis Blues”, “Everybody Ought to Pray Sometime” and
“West Coast Blues”. All of these pre-war classics are Rose’s unique arrangements.
The album title refers to the old red light section of St. Louis and was a code for
procuring the services of a prostitute. Rose said “I read about it on some liner
notes to a reissue of pre-war St. Louis recordings and I liked the ring of it.” Luck
in the Valley found Rose at his best surrounded by like-minded friends on a
recording that is enriched by a sense of history but entirely new, vibrant and warm


TRACK LISTING:
1. Blues For Percy Danforth
2. Lick Mountain Ramble
3. Woodpiles On The Side Of The Road
4. When Tailgate Drops, The Bullshit Stops
5. Moon In The Gutter
6. Luck In The Valley
7. Saint Louis Blues
8. Tree In The Valley
9. Everybody Ought To Pray Sometime
10. West Coast Blues

SALES POINTS
Luck in the Valley is the yardstick by which many contemporary
acoustic guitar albums are measured. An acclaimed
masterwork, absolutely essential.
“Jack Rose, Versatile Master of the Guitar” - New York Times
“The energy behind “Luck in the Valley” all emanates from Rose
himself: you can almost see his fngers ?ying across his guitar
strings... energy resonates from within his melodies and his
songs, giving “Luck in the Valley” a radiance.” - Washington
Post
“It’s a big, bold work, just the way Rose was a big, bold guy--
confdent, honest, and forthright.” - Pitchfork
“Jack Rose is acoustic music....Without ever singing a word.
Jack Rose could communicate in a way few musicians can.”
- PopMatters
Luck in the Valley is pressed on high quality virgin vinyl, comes
with a download coupon and is available again for the frst time
since 2010.
LP version is presented in an old-style tip-on Jacket with
special linen paper and custom print adhered to the cover.
The cover and LP package was designed by Jack Rose.Very
limited quantities pressed on brown vinyl.
CD version is presented in a 4 panel mini-LP
style jacket
Luck in the Valley is the 10th and fnal album by Jack Rose Erhältlich ab 24.08.2018
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