Mike Eldred’s Masterful Baptist Town

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Baptist TownBaptist Town, the fourth album from the Mike Eldred Trio, stakes out diverse terrain and proves the group to be masters of all they survey. The CD opens with “Hunder Dollar Bill,” a potent blues rocker with a rockabilly beat; showcases gospel influences on “Papa Legba”; veers into earthy Americana on “Bess,” which boasts wonderful accordion by Los Lobos’s David Hidalgo; and recalls Led Zeppelin with the high-octane guitar pyrotechnics on “Sugar Shake” and a cover of the Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.” Somehow it all ties together and, while the album is arguably uneven, its best material is already in heavy rotation around my house.

 

 

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