Dallas Jones,
Wherever You Roam
(May Apple, 2004)

A good first album doesn't always assure a successful follow-up. But that isn't the case with Dallas Jones' second album of contemporary folk music. It's a winner.

His first album, The Morelock Sessions, featured the Missouri-based Jones singing and playing guitar and reminded many of early Bob Dylan. That relationship, along with other reminders of the '60s folk revival, is still evident in this release, but with original songs expressing modern sentiments.

The lyrics are warm and human. Adding to the enjoyment is the free-wheeling improvisation of the superb musicians joining Jones on this second album. There are no pretensions. It's a group of people who obviously like one another getting together to play music that appeals to them, producing easygoing, pleasant sounds.

His collaborators are Brandon Moore, bass fiddle, mandolin and harmony vocals; Molly Healey, violin and harmony vocals; and Mark Bilyeu, guitar, harmonica and harmony vocals.

It would be difficult to name a favorite from the 14 tracks. Some I particularly liked are "Early in the Morning," "As Good as Home," "Story of No One," the plaintive "All I Want" and the folksy "Plant Me in Your Garden." But I wouldn't eliminate a single track. They're all good music.

review by
John Lindermuth

15 March 2008

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