Sunday, July 3, 2011

Frank Fairfield/ Out On The Open West

Out on the Open WestFrank Fairfield is back with a new album called 'Out On The Open West', again available on the Tompkins Square label. It seems undoubtedly Fairfield can do no wrong with anything he puts his unique magical talents to. 'Out On The Open West' is somewhat a more expansive outing in comparison to his 2009 eponymous debut. Guests on this record include Willie Watson from Old Crow Medicine Show and Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton among others to create a more fuller sound without losing touch with the ancient roots tone with which he is synonymous with. This time round, Fairfield has opted for supplying mostly his own self penned songs to this collection which further expands his credibility as a creative artiste. This is a video of Frank and companions featuring: Josh Petrojvic and Zac Sokolow on violin, with Charles DeCastro on cello filmed in his living room performing 'Poor Old Lance' from the album. This is really a thrilling piece of music...

Frank Fairfield was recently described as 'a one man folk revival' by NPR, a worthy title no doubt for a man who is breathing new life into American roots music. His live shows are being very favourably described by critics at home and most recently on his tour of the U.K and Germany. My list of live acts to see has Frank Fairfield heavily underlined and I can't wait to hear one day that he will be playing over here in Ireland.
The full track titles on the album are as follows.

1.Frazier Blues, 2.Kings County Breakdown, 3.Someday You'll Be Free, 4.Haste To The Wedding/The Darling True Love,5. Turkey In The Straw/Arkansas Traveler, 6. But That's Alright,7. Poor Old Lance,
8. Up The Road Somewhere Blues,  9. The Winding Spring, 10. Out On The Open West , 11. Ruthie 3:39,
12. Texas Farewell.
This is a live clip of 'Texas Farewell' filmed in Los Angeles earlier this year..


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