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MP3 Bill Jackson - Steel + Bone

Soulful country roots music with substance and style - launched at Port Fairy 2008 and full of vibrant vignettes soaked in an accessible aural bed of dobro, lap steel, banjo and mandolin

11 MP3 Songs in this album (52:56) !
Related styles: COUNTRY: Alt-Country, COUNTRY: Americana

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Melbourne singer-songwriter Bill Jackson proves on his second solo disc ‘Steel + Bone’ that his soulful country is more substance than style. And it’s not just because he cloaks his vibrant vignettes in an accessible aural bed of mandolin, banjo, dobro and lap steel. Jackson delves into the collateral damage of violence - the album title is taken from the jail cell and new home of the Oedipal killer in ‘Tex’. Once again he strip-mines his rural roots in the embryonic Gippsland mariner’s tale ‘Bobby Crockett’s Island’ - one of three powerful anti-war songs and he also uses a Wonthaggi dance floor encounter to contrast love and war in So Long - a sibling song of the social comment of ‘Bring ‘Em On Home’. Jackson also kicks hard with haunting paternal paean ‘Long Way From Water’ and sympathy for fallen peers in the vitriolic ‘You Evil Bitch Morphine’

The singer exploits diverse shades of love for a long time partner in ‘Old Fashioned Gal’ and the artistic desire of an eclectic cast in ‘The Passion’. John Lee Hooker, who died at 83 on June 21, 2001, shortly after being awarded his fifth Grammy was featured in Lucy’s Life on previous disc ‘Diggin'' the Roots’ but earns an entire song here. If this all sounds a little too serious check out the role reversal practised by the homeowner in ‘God Botherin’ Blues’ - Dave Dawson, Beat Magazine 2008

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