The Great American Yard Sale
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About the Artist
He supported Big Lonesome Radio with a heavy touring schedule, sharing stages with the likes of Jimmie Vaughan, Junior Brown, Alejandro Escovedo, The Asylum Street Spankers, and Roy Bookbinder. Lemhouse has crisscrossed the country, performing as a main stage act at such festivals as the prestigious Heritage Music Festival, the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Pickathon, and the King Biscuit Blues Festival, as well as playing clubs, coffeehouses, dives, honky tonks, and the star-studded 2004 Handy Awards Show all of it with nothing more than his great songs and outstanding guitar work.
Big Lonesome Radio was acclaimed by MOJO Magazine as one of the Top 10 albums of the year in its genre, charted as #4 overall in the Roots Music Radio Report and was heralded by Sing Out! Magazine as the work of a "stellar songwriter and guitarist." Lemhouses haunting waltz "Edwins Lament" confirmed such an accolade when it was included in John Singletons ("Boyz n the Hood") new film production, "Hustle and Flow." The placement is no small achievement, considering that the film earned both the Dramatic Audience and Cinematography awards at 2005s Sundance Film Festival, and is currently being released nationwide by Paramount/MTV.
Although hes earned acclaim in the blues world and that music lies at the heart of his style, Lemhouse looks far beyond the Delta in his highly anticipated new Yellow Dog release. When someone tries to pin Lemhouse down, asking what type of music he plays, the singer-guitarist often quotes his friend Alvin Youngblood Hart, himself echoing Duke Ellington: "Good Music." The Great American Yard Sale is much, much better than good, as the genre-defying guitarist plugs in and heads out to edgy Americana territory, armed with banjo and electric lap steel as well as his deftly fingerpicked National guitar.
Even as he broadens his musical palette, Lemhouses eclectic formula of songwriting and guitar work places you in the middle of a world thats as confounding as it is redeeming. With material that reflects the eye of a seasoned traveler, his songs run the gamut of love, insanity and hard-won life lessons. As Lemhouse offered in a recent interview; "Well, I just write about things the way they happened... But I lie too. If they dont happen that exact way, Ill start makin stuff up in a heartbeat... Its a song, not a police report, at least not yet anyway."
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The Great American Yard Sale:
Yellow Dog Records 2005
I was talking with a friend the other day and I mentioned having trouble writing about the new Mark Lemhouse album. My friend, who has listened to The Great American Yard Sale as well said "why? Are you too startled by its greatness?" Yeah. I am. Maybe startled isn't the word because after his first album Big Lonesome Radio I expected good things in the future from him but dang, who knew? I sure didn't want to sell the man short. But like Yellow Dog Records label mate Chris Cotton Mr. Lemhouse has done his fair share of record Listening and knows how the history rolls and how to rock it. The Great American Yard Sale starts out deceptively enough with Scarlet. A sweet and innocent little banjo line then Lemhouse drops a rump shakin' wallop that recalls to me photographer Bill Steber's shots of the big beautiful ladies movin' and grindin' slow and low down in the jukes of North Mississippi. Mr. Lemhouse and his band lean down in on that greasy good groove thing and, in the words of the great T-Model Ford "Let it all hang in!" Lemhouse follows that with Paper Sack, a lament that ol' Tom Waits would dig. Lowly swangin' on the dirty money and peppered with accordion, banjo, and brushed drums torn up with sweet little guitar solos that Chris Issac could only pray for. I'm Worried is a tight sad country blues with living room harmonies. A banjo plus acoustic guitar piece that, like the previous song lays nicely textured `tho this with the sweet wash of a low flute and cello that combines brilliantly with Mr. Lemhouse's delicious rural city picking. It may be just the anthem you need. Leroy Feller's blues gallops down that hard lonesome road called women. "Nothing on this earth is promised.Read more ›
with a taste of western music back to the roots .
Very nice listening for a long travel on the highway
tweleve travelling songs
listen from preview ""Nothing in the world can stop me.."