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The posthumous release of Jack Rose‘s Luck in the Valley is a return to American roots music. Made up of Cajun, country, blues, and jazz influences, Rose’s album is characterized by acoustic fingerpicking and ample use of slide. Guest artists on the album (including a banjo player, junkyard percussionist, and harmonica player) seem superfluous when they overshadow Rose’s own handiwork. Luck in the Valley explores everything from blues to Indian-tinged drone-rock to ragtime guitar covers—all of it more poignant because of the promising Rose’s early death.
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