RATS, THE- "Intermittent Signals" LP
ZIPPERS TO NOWHERE- "Take It Easy" LP
AL SCORCH & THE COUNTRY SOUL ENSEMBLE- "Tired Ghostly Town" LP
Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble's "Tired Ghostly Town" is a highly spirited recording touching on the agile musicianship of country/bluegrass greats like Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe, while also incorporating the storytelling of such great artists as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan in these rich vignettes portraying modern American life in small and large towns alike. Overall the arrangements and music are very stripped down , allowing the vocals and stories to take the foreground, though the lovely flourishes of accordion, organ, trumpet, violin, stand up bass, and trumpet add a deeply effective and ancient sounding color to the tunes. PIX South!