Across the American heartland, empty radio studios known as "ghost repeaters" beam nonstop inoffensive, middle-of-the-road pop ditties to semiconscious listeners. Thankfully, Wisconsin singersongwriter Jeffrey Foucault does not pander to this distressingly wide audience, but rather imcorporates the best of the Americana, alt-country and roots-rock genres into his third solo album. In December Jeffrey spent a week in Iowa City cutting the tracks for his third solo record, Ghost Repeater. Produced by and featuring Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams) and his Iowa compadres, the album also includes special guest appearances by Dave Moore on harp and accordion, Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Richard Buckner, Alejandro Escovedo) on pedal steel, and Kris Delmhorst on backing vocals. Ghost Repeater features full band arrangements but hews close to the line of Jeffrey's previous albums with darkly intimate songs, framed this time by Ramsey's inimitable electric guitar in a series of country rockers and dark blues. Against the broadcast echoes of an America long gone, Foucault lays out the particulars of love in a country contending with its own ghost. In songs of love and empire, dream and memory, Ghost Repeater delivers the honesty of country, the rawboned desperation of blues, and the simplicity of folk to achieve a document that's timeless and poignant.